Gig Review: Kamaal Williams Ensemble presents Black Focus, KOKO, London

Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus album – with its injection of high-vibe electro-jazz-bass-funk – has already won its place as one of my all-time greatest 45s since gracing this planet last year. The energy, vibrancy and passion captured by the South London pairing of keyboardist Kamaal Williams, aka Henry Wu, and drummer Yussef Dayes is electrifying and pure musical dynamite – unrivalled and a perfect match. … Continue reading Gig Review: Kamaal Williams Ensemble presents Black Focus, KOKO, London

Nautilus: Japanese jazz-funk trio’s slick cover of Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn Baby

Classic Roy Ayers tune We Live in Brooklyn Baby gets a new treatment courtesy of the Japanese jazz-funk trio, Nautilus. Nautilus’s slick production of We Live in Brooklyn Baby would do the legendary vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers proud, with its modern rare groove spin. Nautilus is a Japanese trio comprised of drummer Toshiyuki Sasaki, keyboardist Daisuke Takeuchi, and bassist Shigeki Umezawa. We Live in Brooklyn … Continue reading Nautilus: Japanese jazz-funk trio’s slick cover of Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn Baby

Jazz with a tropical tinge: Arema Arega’s Miro y te Veo

Mixing jazz with a tropical tinge, Cuban singer and songwriter Arema Arega’s sounds are unique and beautiful. As the Barcelona-based singer herself describes: “There’s Blues with Son, Bossa with Jazz, Folk with Funk and ChaChaCha.” Check out her latest tune Miro y te Veo, now available on Bandcamp, which is a dreamy jazz track with Spanish vocals and soundbytes of Arema Arega’s Cuban musical heritage. … Continue reading Jazz with a tropical tinge: Arema Arega’s Miro y te Veo

Blue Lab Beats: Working jazz and soul into a hip hop format

Blue Lab Beats, the twosome behind some of the freshest beats, melodies and multi-instrumentals with a hip hop/soul/jazz vibe, play their first headline gig at Jazz re:freshed tomorrow night. The North London-based production duo, Blue Lab Beats – who have produced remixes for the likes of Jodie Abacus, Dua Lipa and Rag’n’Bone Man, and collaborated and worked with the likes of The Age Of L.U.N.A, songstress Ruby … Continue reading Blue Lab Beats: Working jazz and soul into a hip hop format

Kaidi Tatham’s Changing Times

Multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham is back with his inimitable and effortless flow of synth and beats on a new release, Changing Times EP. The 4-track EP, Changing Times, reflects exactly what it says on the vinyl, showcasing Kaidi Tatham’s representation of such movement through an exciting array of broken beats, free-flowing synth, futuristic boogie and huge percussion. Opening track Treacle Manifestations slowly leads you in to … Continue reading Kaidi Tatham’s Changing Times

22a crew remix Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti tracks from solo project

Tenderlonious and his 22a band camp have put their remix skills to the works of iconic Brazilian drummer, Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti, ahead of the release of the drummer’s solo album. Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti, one-third of Brazilian jazz-funk legends Azymuth, is set to release a solo album in 2017. In celebration, Far Out Recordings have enlisted some equally legendary beat masters from the London scene to … Continue reading 22a crew remix Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti tracks from solo project

Oscar Jerome plays Brixton’s free festival, Not Quite Jazz

Self-made artist Oscar Jerome plays at Pop Brixton’s alternative jazz festival, Not Quite Jazz, this weekend. It follows the release of Oscar Jerome’s self-titled EP earlier this month. Jerome presents a dreamy blend of jazz, soul, electronica, down tempo multi-instrumentals over hypnotic vocals. A welcome and unique sound and talent on the scene, Jerome brings together influences as diverse as J Dilla, Ebo Taylor, John … Continue reading Oscar Jerome plays Brixton’s free festival, Not Quite Jazz