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Paul Motian: The Windmills of Your Mind – review

4795 days ago
Guardian Music(Winter & Winter)This is drums giant Paul Motian's 80th birthday album – though for a legend who helped reinvent ensemble improv with visionaries such as Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, it might sound like a pipe-and-slippers decision to hook it on s... more info

Pascal Schumacher: Bang My Can – review

4802 days ago
Guardian Music(ENJA)Belgian musician Schumacher indicated new jazz-vibraphone directions with his Here We Gong session last year, and he launches its successor with a handful of UK gigs in the summer, starting with a Vortex show on 31 May. This set similarly touch... more info

FlashBack! - Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays (1985) (album stream)

4811 days ago
Totally Fuzzy After all the indie, pop, rock, electro, punk, post-hardcore yesterday, here's something to chill out to... in our daily FlashBack! feature, in which we revisit one of the past achievements of some of the world's greatest musicians. Lyle Mays (born... more info

Charlie Haden Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies – review

4823 days ago
Guardian Music(Emarcy)Those familiar with American bassist Charlie Haden (who plays the Barbican on 21-22 May) and his landmark recordings with Ornette Coleman in the 1950s or with Keith Jarrett in the 70s might find his now 25-year-old Quartet West overly gracefu... more info

Jazz and classical: the twain shall meet

4830 days ago
Guardian MusicWhat happened when one of jazz's top stars – Tim Garland – was asked to write a concerto for the London Symphony Orchestra? Organised chaosIt's not long in conversation with saxophonist and composer Tim Garland before it seems necessary to place ... more info

50 great moments in jazz: Wynton Marsalis goes back to basics

4831 days ago
Guardian MusicHe's not without his critics, but Marsalis's dedication to the spirit of jazz is more than worthy of a place in the hall of greatsLike Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett and the late Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis is one of a handful of jazz instrumentalists... more info

John Martin Quartet: Dawning – review

4844 days ago
Guardian Music(F-ire)Saxophonist John Martin and pianist Jonjo Grisdale are recent graduates of the same Middlesex University jazz education that produced Led Bib, though this is much closer to orthodox jazz than Led Bib's rock and electronics-infused work. At tim... more info

FMP #11: Tippett; or, The Piano Player Shoots You

4851 days ago
Destination OutMujician I & II by Destination: OUT store “Keith Tippett is the pianist with wings.” – Steve Day, FMP CD 095 liner notes A reviewer at Rate Your Music calls these performances the “evil twin” of Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert, which might ... more info

50 great moments in jazz: Pat Metheny

4853 days ago
Guardian MusicMore than any other jazz guitarist, Metheny has given the instrument as prominent a place as a trumpet or saxophonePat Metheny, the guitar star from Missouri, is one of the most commercially successful instrumentalists in jazz. But while such an achi... more info

What the Queen Mum played on one's gramophone

4876 days ago
Guardian MusicPsychedelia? Paul Simon? Her recently revealed record collection contains a few surprisesAfter John Peel died, fans were excited to learn about a special longbox in which he kept the heart of his record collection – an eclectic set of 7in singles w... more info

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