Jazz (Music genre)
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States. It was born from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The term »Jazz« is a slang word for the music that emerged around 1915 in Chicago.
Jazz in Features
Music − Interview | posted 14.10.2020
»I'm excavating sounds«
Makaya McCraven is one of the most leading jazz musicians of these days. Not only the scene in his hometown Chicago is infiltrated by the 37-year-old’s drum playing, but the whole world seems to be inspired by the free approach to jazz heritage in his music. Now the self-proclaimed »beat archaeologist« has added two more record pages to his album »Universal Beings«. We took the opportunity for an interview.
Music − Essay | posted 09.07.2020
Baltic & Finnish Jazz
While jazz from London to L.A. is evolving a fresh pop sensibility or even tries to update the fusion heritage, cool flavors between new blood and nostalgia are cultivated on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Here the genre is cosmopolitan as well and yet totally distinct.
Music − Portrait | posted 07.07.2020
In search of the truth
For six years the label International Anthem from Chicago has been reliably delivering jazz with their own attitude and idea. Although the founders refuse to be ascribed almost any kind of attribution to a genre. For them, the most beautiful sound is just always: the truth.
Music − Portrait | posted 30.06.2020
With emphasis on We
We Jazz, that stands for edgy, surprising jazz from the north. And also not. Since 2013 the festival has been held in Helsinki, since 2016 the label was founded. Matti Nives mainly publishes Finnish bands there. And acts as one of the most important networkers of the local scene. We introduce the label to you. There is also a mix, which contains a lot of unreleased material and is absolutely worth listening to.
Music − Interview | posted 16.06.2020
»We no longer see reality«
The Grammy-winning soprano saxophonist shared the stage with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Max Roach. Now he has recorded an album with British outfit Maisha — and discovered something new.
Music − Portrait | posted 14.05.2020
Abstraction with a sea view
Saxophonist Muriel Grossmann reaches abstraction on the Balearic Islands, rides the waves with hard bop and even amazes billionaires with standards. Who is the secret pioneer of the spiritual revival?
Music − List | posted 31.03.2020
10 All Time Favs
The guitarist Jeff Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. And yet you get the feeling he’s just starting out. But he already wrote music history as part of Tortoise. Now his new album »Suite for Max Brown« has been released on International Anthem. For this occasion we have asked Jeff Parker to choose 10 records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music − List | posted 25.02.2020
Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics
10 All Time Favs
The Heliocentrics have just released »Infinity Of Now«. The album has the potential to inspire future musicians. Malcolm Catto, who founded the band together with Jake Ferguson, recently revealed to us the records that have shaped, improved and formed him. The result is a kind of lesson in music history from the late 1950s until today. And it becomes clear why The Heliocentrics sound so damn innovative.
Music − List | posted 03.07.2019
An introduction in 10 vinyl records
The Polish jazz scene is considered one of the most important and creative in Europe. During the Cold War, it was already one of the most creative and courageous in the Eastern Bloc. Nowadays it oscillates between shallow conventions and hidden ruptures. We will search for the traces and present 10 vinyl records, new and old, which give a perfect introduction to the world of Polish jazz.
Music − Essay | posted 24.06.2019
On The Hot Spot
In 2019, jazz in Great Britain is in a period of generational change. New talents from Manchester to London are revising deadlocked conventions and self-confidently sounding out the boundaries of the genre. Subcultures and scenes from breakbeat to grime to jazz find new ways of coming together at an impressive pace – and grow together even where gentrification, venue closures and Brexit are hard on them.
Jazz in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 26.06.2020
The Finnish multi-instrumentalist Antti Vauhkonen releases playful music with his vinyl 10-inch »2«, released by Jazzaggression.
Music − Review | posted 26.05.2020
Who Sent You?
Jazz doesn’t get any more historically relevant this year: the fantastic second album »Who Sent You?« by Irreversible Entanglements.
Music − Review | posted 03.04.2020
Welcome To Love
Tidal Waves releases »Welcome To Love«, ballads by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders released only on CD in 1991, for the first time on vinyl.
Music − Review | posted 30.03.2020
The jazz on Phi-Psonics’ »The Cradle« inspires with almost erotic charm. We get to be introduced to a band from which we will hear even more in the future.
Music − Review | posted 20.03.2020
Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
The Canadians Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty, known as part of BadBadNotGood, have released an album with »Visions«. This has what it takes to be a big hit.
Music − Review | posted 09.03.2020
Live In Paris 1975
Pharoah Sanders recorded “Live In Paris 1975” in times of transition. This is reflected in the stylistic diversity of the recordings, but not in the playing of his quartet.
Music − Review | posted 03.03.2020
»Season 2«, the second album by Wildflower, with musicians from Sons Of Kemet and Ill Considered, is a meditation in exhilarated times.
Music − Review | posted 14.02.2020
Infinity Of Now
With »Infinity Of Now«, which has just been released by Madlib Invazions, the genius of the Heliocentrics should really get around now. To the inifinity.
Music − Review | posted 07.07.2016
BBNG (BadBadNotGood) has grown into a quartet. With their latest LP »IV«, they are proving the critics wrong by having their instrumental hip hop defeat the alleged elevator-jazz.
Music − Review | posted 10.05.2016
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Since 9 years, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band shows how good Steel Drum Funk can function with Hip-Hop elements. On their debut-LP »55« the group stays loyal to their sound.
Music − Review | posted 14.04.2016
Turkey’s music from the 1960s and 1970s is being systematically dug up. Özedemir Erdoğan’s »Jazz Session« gives us a good idea of the great things waiting to be explored here.
Music − Review | posted 22.03.2016
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith
A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Words like »sublime« should be used sparingly; however, it’s more than fitting for the encounter between Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith on »A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke«.
Music − Review | posted 11.02.2016
Since Donny Hathaway, hardly anyone has sounded this tender. With »Perpetual Gateways«, jazz singer Ed Motta is keeping up his high standards.
Music − Review | posted 10.01.2014
To get jazz back out of the feuilleton, it’s taken nothing but the gentlemen of BadBadNotGood. »BBNG2« is putting jazz back into the dark alleys where it belongs.
Jazz in News
Music − News | posted 22.06.2020
Exclusive Edition: »Wu Hen«
Kamaal Williams will release his new album »Wu Hen« on July 24th, 2020, on which modern jazz mixes with influences from Grime and UK garage. In Germany the exclusive edition on silver vinyl is only available at HHV Records.
Music − Portrait | posted 12.11.2020
Riding the Wave
A powerful wave has already washed many treasures ashore. Seen in this way, the name fits, because the Belgian reissue label Tidal Waves searches for, discovers and publishes pearls of music history believed to be lost.
Music − News | posted 24.06.2020
Apollo Brown & Che' Noir
Exclusive Edition: »As God Intended«
Apollo Brown has teamed up with Che’ Noir for »As God Intended«, which will be released by Mello Music Group on September 4, 2020. The album is exclusively available from us in a Coloured Vinyl Edition.
Music − Review | posted 20.07.2020
Towers Of Silence
A very deserving compilation brings us Stroom these days with »Towers Of Silence« from the Belgian Adult Fantasies.
Music − Review | posted 23.07.2020
On her first solo studio album in two years, »Hyakki Yagyō«, Eiko Ishibashi brings wonderfully wondrous sounds into flowing movements on two sound collages.
Music − Review | posted 24.06.2020
The new edition of »Dropsonde« comes along with seven bonus tracks. The Norwegian producer Biosphere then radically reinterpreted an entire genre.