• by Guardian readers
    Some of you went classic rock; others Iranian ambient. And yet others took on epic challenges that will take years to complete … here’s what you’ve been listening to while working under lockdownIf I need to concentrate on something really thorny, I go for Bach every time. It seems to allow my brain to work […]
  • by John Fordham
    (Tri-Centric/New Braxton House)Latin jazz, freebop and traditional swing rub shoulders as this mammoth set reworks iconic jazz themes and classic pop songsReeds-virtuoso and composer Anthony Braxton has spent half a century bridging contemporary music from bebop and improv to opera, and composing hundreds of original works – but the 67 tracks on this mammoth set […]
  • by Ammar Kalia
    The world-class British jazz scene was hit hard by the pandemic. As live shows and in-person collaboration resume, Steam Down, Soweto Kinch and more discuss the futureMusic moves differently depending on the space it’s played in. A typical pre-Covid Wednesday evening at the Matchstick Piehouse in London would see its arch space filled with writhing […]
  • by Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis and Laura Snapes
    From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year Related: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Carnage review – the firebrand returns Related: ‘Nature is hurting’: Gojira, the metal band confronting the climate crisis Continue reading…
  • by Dave Gelly
    (Temple Music)The musician breathes new life into familiar material in a captivating collaborationBarbara Thompson, saxophonist, flautist, composer and one of Europe’s finest and certainly most popular jazz musicians, led her band, Paraphernalia, between 1978 and 2015. Now aged 76, she has been forced to stop performing by Parkinson’s disease. For this captivating album she assembled […]
  • by As told to Rich Pelley
    The chatshow presenter and jazz DJ recalls crushes on screen icons, disappointment on the cricket field – and the first time he heard Louis ArmstrongI was born in Cudworth, a mining village near Barnsley. My father worked down Grimethorpe colliery. There’s a great tradition in Yorkshire of brass music and I would listen to the […]
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  • by Kitty Empire
    (AMF Records)Hip-hop, jazz and righteous reggae blend elegantly in the singer-songwriter’s message-driven debut albumSouth Londoner Greentea Peng vibrates a little differently from the rest of us. Genuinely – her debut album was purposely recorded at 432Hz (and not the industry standard 440) because of the frequency’s much-discussed soothing properties.Within lies a hazy miasma of jazz, […]