Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It review

Holy Roar Since their inception, Rolo Tomassi’s twitchy mix of jazz, math and prog has transformed with each record. Yet with the departure of Joe Nicholson – the band’s guitarist and primary songwriter – the band have never quite topped sophomore effort Cosmology: until now. Reflective, erratic and unflinchingly heavy,
 Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It is a relentless sonic foray, seemingly intent … Continue reading Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It review

Miles Davis - Rubberband

Record Store Day 2018 Release Guide: Miles Davis – Rubberband

Miles Davis Rubberband (LP) Rhino               Recorded in 1985, Miles Davis’s long-lost album, Rubberband, is now on schedule for release for Record Store Day 2018.  Rubberband’s title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B/jazz singer Ledisi. Randy Hall and Zane Giles also finished the original version for this exclusive four-track Record Store Day … Continue reading Record Store Day 2018 Release Guide: Miles Davis – Rubberband

Jazz Dispensary Soul Diesel Vol 2

Jazz Dispensary to release limited-edition vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day

Jazz Dispensary are set to release their next limited-edition title, Soul Diesel Vol. 2, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 21. Soul Diesel Vol. 2 is the second installment from the Soul Diesel “strain,” a distinctly potent brand of smoldering soul-jazz made popular by 2016’s Record Store Day box set offering, Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash, in which varying styles of jazz (e.g. soul-jazz, jazz-funk, fusion, etc.) were compiled to compliment the effects of … Continue reading Jazz Dispensary to release limited-edition vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day

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What To Buy: Experimental Jazz

A resurgence of interest in 60s and 70s reissues from the outer reaches of experimental jazz sees Chris Parkin don his multicoloured Afrofuturistic spacesuit to voyage into the lesser known… One of 2017’s finest releases, reissue or otherwise, is Luaka Bop’s compilation of Alice Coltrane’s ashram recordings, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. As incredible as it is, though, it’s … Continue reading What To Buy: Experimental Jazz

Warner relaunches $tateside Records imprint

Warner Music’s Global Catalogue division has announced the return of its historic $tateside Records imprint, focusing on classic jazz, soul and R&B releases.   The label’s story began in 1962 when EMI formed $tateside Records to release licensed American recordings to the UK and Europe to compete with Decca London’s American Recordings and Pye’s Pye International labels. It scored its first of many hits in 1962 … Continue reading Warner relaunches $tateside Records imprint

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The Story Behind The Sleeve #1: Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

This wildly experimental 1970 double album saw Miles Davis fuse jazz to psychedelic rock, with unsettling, sinister-sounding results that would play a defining role in the future of jazz. The gatefold sleeve, featuring a painting by the hugely influential German artist Mati Klarwein, has been interpreted as a comment on racial divisions in America, with a black and a white woman intertwined across its spine. … Continue reading The Story Behind The Sleeve #1: Miles Davis – Bitches Brew