Azar Lawrence Speaks of Working for Miles, McCoy, Elvin—and God

THere’s something perfect about speaking with saxophonist/composer Azar Lawrence right after he’s clicked off from virtual Sunday church services. Still dwelling in the Los Angeles of his birth, Lawrence, who’ll turn 70 this November, maintains a devoutness to the spirit of the Lord—be it pandemic online or in person, whens subside—that’s as reverent as his … Read more

Ten Tracks by Charles Mingus (and Danny Richmond) I Can’t Do Without . . . by Chris Biscoe – London Jazz News

For the Centenary of Charles Mingus’ birth, LJN asked saxophonist Chris Biscoe, who has run the Mingus Moves Sextet since 1995 (see details of three forthcoming gig dates below), to reflect on the great bassist/composer/bandleader: Chris Biscoe writes: My choice of 10 tracks will seem narrow to any Mingus student, collector, expert, discographer or biographer. … Read more

A Riot Busting Out article @ All About Jazz

By Chris May April 22, 2022 Sign in to view read count ” data-original-title=”” title=””>Nduduzo Makhathini‘s single “Senze’ Nina.” It is fittingly synchronous that at the same moment, Britain’s Ogun label is reissuing two albums by South Africa’s ” data-original-title=”” title=””>Blue Notes, the band which introduced township jazz to Europe and whose members went on … Read more

Charles Mingus – ‘Mingus Three’ (rec. 1957, expanded reissue) – London Jazz News

Charles Mingus – Mingus Three (expanded reissue) (Rhino 603497841035 – album review by Mark McKergow) Friday 22 April 2022 marks the centenary of the birth of Charles Mingus, Double bassist, composer, pianist, band leader, activist and one of the most important figures in jazz. He and his music are not only key in developing the … Read more

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein What can any of us add to the legacy of Albert Ayler? What can be said that hasn’t been said better by his own horn and vocals? In 2004, on the Holy Ghost box, listeners finally heard Ayler’s final performance, a short set from July 28, 1970, with his last quintet, … Read more

Art Tatum Meets Champagne article @ All About Jazz

By Kristen Lee Sergeant April 21, 2022 Sign in to view read count This edition of Jazz & Juice comes with a warning: both the bottle featured and the musician spotlighted are explosive, and should be handled with care. Uncork and listen responsibly. Effervescence When something sparkles, literally or figuratively, it bursts with life. In … Read more

Christine Tobin (live dates 29/4, 30/4, 9/5 + new songs/album) – London Jazz News

Irish singer Christine Tobin recently moved back across the Atlantic. After five years in New York, she and partner Phil Robson are now based in rural Northwest Co. Roscommon. She is looking forward to some concerts in England with completely contrasting programmes. The first two concerts are on 29 April at the Pavilions Teignmouth and … Read more

Charles Mingus – The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s (Resonance Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein Arguably more than any other label, Resonance Records—and particularly producer and co-president Zev Feldman—understands that, despite the middling quality of recordings circulating on the bootleg market, nothing beats a properly mastered archival release. And for a recording like this one of Charles Mingus playing live at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, from August … Read more

In Three Dimensions article @ All About Jazz

Courtesy Josef Woodard By Josef Woodard April 20, 2022 Sign in to view read count Norway’s venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B” operations in the past two years… When the real, real-time thing returned in early April, in its full and venturesome glory, many of us returning regulars felt a sense … Read more

Mingus – ‘The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s’ (rec.1972) – London Jazz News

Mingus – The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s(Resonance. 3-LP or 3-CD set . Review by Dan Bergsagel) In August 1972, the Charles Mingus Sextet had a two-week residency at Ronnie Scott’s. Now, almost 50 years after the residency and 100 years after Mingus was born, Resonance Records are releasing The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s … Read more