Archie Shepp & Jason Moran Let My People Go Archieball Archie Shepp is 83, a living legend of jazz, a musical polymath and star of one of the best hip-hop albums of last year too! Jason Moran, some 30+ years younger than Shepp is one of the great modern jazz pianists – steeped in tradition […]
David Haney Stix and Stones – Piano and Drum Duets Slam Productions Jazz pianist David Haney invites a handful of master drummers around for various jams – studio and live – and the result is this album of piano/drum duets. The piano/drum duet in jazz is a treat – a pure rhythm instrument (drums) is […]
Bob James & Nancy Stagnitta In The Chapel In The Moonlight Tappan Zee Records Bob James follows on from 2015’s set of duos with Nathan East – the best kind of dinner-jazz going, don’t let that term put you off, it’s a wonderful record – with another set of duos, this time light-classical with flautist […]
Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’ TajMo Concord Records Taj might take top billing – but make no mistake (seriously – don’t make the mistake!) this is a Keb Mo’ album with one or two moments where Taj Mahal’s gravelly voice adds something slightly less manicured.
Average White Band & Ben E. King, Benny And Us (1978) Despite owning records by both Average White Band (AWB) and Ben E. King (BEK?) I didn’t know about this record until I saw it on the shelf the other week in the store. I was sold. Well, not quite. Wasn’t quite an impulse buy. […]
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden Last Dance ECM Records If you choose to hear this as only polite dinner-jazz, some airport-lounge background music that would be fine – I mean, that’s your loss, and it’s not hugely respectful to reduce two giants of the genre down to that’ll do/that’s nice status, but it would be understandable to […]