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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 Column | posted 01.09.2021
Records Revisited
John Coltrane – Africa/Brass (1961)
In 1961, »Africa/Brass« marked the dawn of a new age in several ways: for John Coltrane, it was the beginning of his Impulse! years; for many African countries, it was the start of independence. Tendentially, »Africa/Brass« may stand in the shadows. This is a construction with many inputs, which shows Coltrane developing an archaic-universal sound language. Roger McGuinn and Steve Reich were inspired by it.
Music Portrait | posted 30.06.2021
Hōzan Yamamoto
Meditation out of improvisation
For over five decades he pushed Japanese jazz towards spiritual spheres, without kitsch or esoteric – and just a little pathos. Above all, he garnered reputation for it back home. Even today Hōzan Yamamotos work is internationally considered an insider tip.
Music Portrait | posted 27.06.2021
Hiroshi Suzuki
The unknown with the trombone
In 1976, Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki recorded an album. “Cat,” which is characterized less by perfection than by a fine groove, was somewhat overlooked at one time. Now you can rediscover it.
Music Portrait | posted 08.04.2021
Gondwana Records
Soul And Character
As a DJ and musician, Matthew Halsall became a label operator. Starting with a local focus on Manchester’s contemporary jazz scene, the trumpeter, composer and bandleader has since given his imprint Gondwana Records a fairly international focus. And stylistically, too, they are getting broader and broader. What the releases have in common, is »a sense of soul and character that, when you then face the artist in person, feels true and makes you feel a strong, deep connection between the person and the music«.
Art Portrait | posted 23.02.2021
Vincent de Boer
Like Jazz With Brushes
Dutch artist Vincent de Boer has become a regular band member of the British jazz band Ill Considered. He is primarily responsible for the album covers, which he draws based on the grooves they hear. For »The Stroke«, Ill Considered’s tenth album, the process has now been reversed. This time Ill Considered made music to the drawings of Vincent de Boer. An amazing project.
Music Portrait | posted 17.12.2020
On The Corner
Bangers for the backroom
With his label On the Corner Records, Pete Buckenham serves a heady stew of afro-futuristic jazz concepts and contemporary street grooves beyond the genre ascriptions. Deeply rooted in the traditions of black music, the British DJ and music journalist is opening the gates to the sound universe of tomorrow.
Music Interview | posted 14.10.2020
Makaya McCraven
»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 Interview | posted 25.08.2020
Nubya Garcia
Stories, Thoughts, Ideas, Memories
Saxophonist Nubya Garcia is part of the vibrant London jazz scene. On her instrument she is one of the most energetic musicians in the world. Otherwise she rests in herself. She is as cool as the music she plays. The hype about jazz and her person pearls off of her. She has just released her first solo album. It is called »Source«. We met the 29 years young jazz musician for an interview.
Music Essay | posted 09.07.2020
Baltic & Finnish Jazz
Removing Boundaries
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
International Anthem
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
We Jazz
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
Gary Bartz
»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
Muriel Grossmann
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
Jeff Parker
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
Polish Jazz
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
British Jazz
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 18.09.2021
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.
Music Review | posted 16.09.2021
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Le-Le
On the threshold of acid jazz, »Le-Le«, by The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble from Philadelphia, was released in 1987. Now comes a reissue.
Music Review | posted 09.09.2021
Ian Carr
Belladonna
»Belladonna«, Ian Carr’s gem from 1972, has now been reissued. Jazz lovers should get their hands on it.
Music Review | posted 01.08.2021
The Wooden Glass & Billy Wooten
Live
The bomb, to say the least: The Wooden Glass and Billy Wooten’s »Live,« recorded in 1972, has now been reissued.
Music Review | posted 31.07.2021
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
Chippin In
»Chippin In,« the last recording by Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers from 1990, has now been reissued on Tidal Waves.
Music Review | posted 26.07.2021
Hiroshi Suzuki
Cat
The album »Cat« by Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki enjoys an almost cult status among collectors of jazz rarities. Now it has been reissued.
Music Review | posted 06.07.2021
Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble
Now (Forever Momentary Space)
Damon Locks has once again gathered the loose Black Monument ensemble around him and made another, yes political, statement with »Now (Forever Momentary Space)«.
Music Review | posted 14.06.2021
Mind Maintenance
Mind Maintenance
Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor take gimbri and mbira in hand and practice serenity under the name Mind Maintenance.
Music Review | posted 11.06.2021
Resilient Vessels
Live At The Cell
Four musicians got together last year in New York to record a brilliant jazz album under the name Resilient Vessels, »Live At The Cell«.
Music Review | posted 09.06.2021
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band
Tezeta
»Tezeta,« Hailu Mergia’s first album originally released on cassette only in 1975, has now been reissued via Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Music Review | posted 08.06.2021
Ron Everett
The Glitter Of The City
»The Glitter Of The City« by Ron Everett is a gem of late avant-garde jazz and was completely overlooked in its time. Jazzman has now brought it back.
Music Review | posted 16.05.2021
Sun Ra
Lanquidity
Available as a comprehensive reissue, »Lanquidity« could be Sun Ra’s best LP had he not laid down so many other masterpieces.
Music Review | posted 02.05.2021
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review | posted 16.04.2021
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! I
»Mora! I«, the 1986 debut of American drummer and percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued via Far Out Recordings.
Music Review | posted 16.04.2021
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! II
Even more mysterious than the first one, is this long-lost sequel. Now, »Mora! II« by Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued.
Music Review | posted 03.04.2021
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead 006
This time, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have brought California saxophonist Gary Bartz on stage for their »Jazz Is Dead« series.
Music Review | posted 09.03.2021
Maulawi
Maulawi
Recorded in 1973, never released because Strata Records went bankrupt shortly before. Now »Maulawi« by Maulawi Nururdin has been released for the first time.
Music Review | posted 04.03.2021
Mandala
Mandala
Beautifully confused: Mad About reissues the only album by Brazilian jazzers Mandala from 1976.
Music Review | posted 26.06.2020
Oiro Pena
2
The Finnish multi-instrumentalist Antti Vauhkonen releases playful music with his vinyl 10-inch »2«, released by Jazzaggression.
Music Review | posted 26.05.2020
Irreversible Entanglements
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
Pharoah Sanders
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
Phi-Psonics
The Cradle
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
Visions
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
Pharoah Sanders
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
Wildflower
Season 2
»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
The Heliocentrics
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 01.04.2019
Steve Reid
Nova
The only bad thing about »Nova« by Steve Reid and the Legendary Master Brotherhood from 1978 is that it’s already over after 30 minutes.
Music Review | posted 07.07.2016
BBNG (BadBadNotGood)
IV
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
55
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
Özdemir Erdoğan
Jazz Session
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
Ed Motta
Perpetual Gateways
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
BadBadNotGood
BBNG2
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 27.06.2021
Jaubi
Exclusive Edition: »Nafs At Peace«
»Nafs At Peace«, the great debut of the Pakistani jazz quartet Jaubi has just been released by Astigmatic. Exclusively on HHV Records, the record will also be available on vinyl.
Music News | posted 18.01.2021
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra
Exclusive Edition: »Love Is Where The Spirit Lies«
Strut has just released »Love Is Where The Spirit Lies« by Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra. This is the first reissue since 1977. And we have an exclusive Yellow Vinyl Edition available.
Music News | posted 22.06.2020
Kamaal Williams
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.
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Music News | posted 17.09.2021
Ross From Friends
Green Vinyl Edition: »Tread«
On November 5, 2021, the new album »Tread« by Ross From Friends will be released on Brainfeeder. Exclusively on HHV Records, there will be a limited green vinyl edition.
Music Review | posted 18.09.2021
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.
Music Review | posted 20.09.2021
Jan Jelinek
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music Review | posted 16.09.2021
Jolly Mare
Epsilon
Mediterranean summer music: You have to imagine the sea of Jolly Mare on »Epsilon« as a cheerful one.
Music Interview | posted 21.09.2021
José González
Taste Is Like Your Bum
In 2003, Jose Gonzalez covered the song “Heartbeat” by The Knife and instantly catapulted himself into the hearts and study rooms of so many. Now he has a new album, »Local Valley«, released. We had the opportunity to interview him.