Kendrick Lamar: won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album DAMN. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

In late January, the Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. DAMN., Lamar’s fourth LP, w(...)

Although the alliance of saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is as holy a trinity as mainstream US jazz ca(...)

Danish pianist and composer Simon Toldam has one foot in the European avant-garde and the other in old-school free jazz. His small group work, with(...)

Paul Bley: Play Blue
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  • May 23, 2014, 00:00

Canadian pianist Paul Bley has searched for new sounds since the 1950s. Along the way he has worked with pioneers such as Ornette Coleman and Charles (...)

Howard Shore: ‘Different stories always felt very natural to me: it was comedy one night, tragedy the next.’ Photograph: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

When you are the architect of the musical accompaniment to people’s fondest movie memories, it can be hard to choose your finest moment. One of the(...)

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, a favourite with location with tourists, but visitor numbers to the city were down 22 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.
How Madrid lost its mojo

It sits, grey and unpainted, just outside central Madrid, on the city’s northeastern industrial outskirts. With one side of its semi-circular roof til(...)

This Is How We Fly: from left, percussionist Petter Berndalen, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss,  Dublin reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

There’s a telling moment in film-maker Myles O’Reilly’s atmospheric film about This Is How We Fly’s trip to Sweden last year to record their debut alb(...)

Billy Bang: Da Bang!
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  • September 6, 2013, 00:00

Fans of the violin in jazz have precious little to choose from, particularly at the modern end of the spectrum, so this final album from the late B(...)