Cormac Larkin

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The title of pianist George Colligan’s 28th release is an Obi-Wan Kenobi reference - “more powerful than you can possibly imagine” - but it might just(...)

If New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, and New York the scene of its apotheosis, it was Chicago that really pushed the music towards the avant gar(...)

This live duo recording, made at the Village Vanguard in March last year, begins with a mysterious, attenuated version of Paul Motian’s seminal compos(...)

Most jazz musicians since Coltrane have favoured a model of continual artistic development, but as a child of a previous generation, Ahmad Jamal might(...)

One might expect a chordless ensemble, particularly one fronted by a drummer, to involve a certain amount of bombast, but this young Finnish quartet, (...)

Star cast cuts loose

The list of names alone is enough to make most jazz listeners salivate like starving dogs. Separately, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadie(...)

The title of Antonio Farao’s latest offering – a jaunty slice of jazz-meets-R&B-meets-hip-hop – might serve as a descriptor for a lot of the conte(...)

There is no shortage of tributes to John Coltrane but when those paying homage are Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano, two of the great saxophonist’s most le(...)

Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola’s second release for Edition is named for his late father Pekka, bassist with Finnish prog rock heroes Wigwam, but i(...)

In 1982, the greatest electric bassist in the history of the instrument (few would dispute that claim) had just left, or been ejected from, fusion sup(...)

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