Jazz

A joyful fusion of influences in John Law’s Congregation

'The improvisations are fluid, compelling and well developed'

A masterclass in the jazz piano trio

‘Here’s a fine outing from a pianist noted for his ability to stir unexpected concepts into jazz that seem to fit perfectly and naturally but that never seem to occur to anyone else'

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd's glorious 80th birthday celebration

'The tenor sax guru vis still on transcendental form'

Ingenious and energetic improvisation from Elliot Galvin

'The prodigious musicality of Elliot Galvin has propelled him directly into the ranks of the UK’s most credible improvisers/ composers/deployers of musical ideas'

Kit Downes's latest album brings us jazz – but not as we know it

'Downes stays at the centre of the music and, while sax player Tom Challenger is never far away, the other players move in and out of orbit'

An imaginative and witty new release from Hiromi

‘Throughout nine varied tracks, Hiromi’s playing is well served by rich, detailed sound’

Thrilling percussion leads the way in an enticing blend of east and west traditions

‘Much of the group’s original sound hinges on Hussain’s array of percussion’

Come rain or snow, Iiro Rantala delivers with inventive humour

‘The music affectionately and self-deprecatingly presents traditional Finnish sentiments about the seasons’

The Leo Richardson Quartet are moving up

‘Their work could stand confidently alongside the great Blue Note sessions by the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Jackie McLean'

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