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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 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 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 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 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.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 29.06.2020
Joell Ortiz & Kxng Crooked
Exclusive Edition: »H.A.R.D.«
Joell Ortiz and Kxng Crooked (aka Crooked I), both from the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse have announced a new album on Mello Music with »H.A.R.D.«. Vinyl will follow in September. We have a strictly limited colour edition in our assortment.
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 News | posted 16.07.2020
HHV For The Culture
Save Your Club
In support of the club scene, which was hit hard by the Corona crisis, a Vinyl 7" series was created with three Berlin clubs that are strongly connected to us. The complete proceeds will go to the venues. Together »For The Culture«! Save your club!
Music Review | posted 24.06.2020
Biosphere
Dropsonde
The new edition of »Dropsonde« comes along with seven bonus tracks. The Norwegian producer Biosphere then radically reinterpreted an entire genre.
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.