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Review: Black Classical Music by Yussef Dayes

“Feelings of love, healing, grief, inspiration, more life, unity, groove, spirit and travels… This album is the embodiment of my life to this point”. This is how English drummer and…

Remembering Wayne Shorter: a jazz pioneer and innovator

Legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter died on Thursday the 3rd of March at home, surrounded by his family at the age of 89. His groundbreaking compositions and distinct tenor sax…

Remembering Billy Strayhorn: jazz’s first openly gay musician

When reflecting in LGBT+ history month and American black history month, we should remember the life and work of Billy Strayhorn, Jazz’s first openly gay musician and perhaps one of…

When Miles met the New Wave: Lift to the Scaffold Sixty-Five Years On

A lone shadow, trumpet in hand, looms over passing images of Louis Malle’s 1958 debut film Lift to the Scaffold (Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud). On the screen, a woman wanders in…

Ezra Collective return with Where I’m Meant to Be

Ezra Collective are back, and the 5-man London jazz quintet are just incapable of disappointing. Those unfamiliar with jazz generally associate it with sombre clubs and a polite audience. Ezra…

Remembering Pharaoh Sanders

Albert Ayler described Pharoah Sanders as the Song in the Holy Trinity of jazz saxophone. It is with this reverence that the revolutionary tenor saxophonist and band leader is regarded…

Spencer Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Even though she died a little over two decades ago, Princess Diana is one of the most mythologised figures in British history. Like Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and…

Rediscovering gems: the timeless charm of Sade

During the past few months, I, like many, have been in search of musical solace: enter Sade. The captivating Nigerian-born British singer and her eponymous band have provided many moments…