Nomade Orquestra’s EntreMundos mini documentary

Brazilian electro-jazz outfit, Nomade Orquestra have launched a mini documentary to tie in with the release of their second album, EntreMundos. The mini documentary shows the creative benefits of fusing hedonism with spirituality, and gives an insight into life and politics in São Paulo, where the 10-piece band are based. It also shows footage from the studio sessions at Red Bull Studios where the album was recorded. Describing their … Continue reading Nomade Orquestra’s EntreMundos mini documentary

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