October 23, 2016

Practically the hottest all singing all bass playing talent on the planet right now Esperanza Spalding broke through with a best selling, Grammy Award-winning album in 2011, Chamber Music Society, which she followed with funk-fuelled follow up, Radio Music, I spoke to...

October 23, 2016



In 2009 I went to Tom Jenkinson’s house to have a chat and drink tea. It was for a cover feature in Bass Guitar Magazine and followed one of his more oblique musical offerings, an album of solo bass guitar recordings. As ever the conversation was never going to be...

May 22, 2014



The idea of musical auteur in jazz is nothing new yet for Californian DJ producer Flying Lotus, real name Steven Ellison, this concept takes on a new dimension. Bridging the gap between his serious jazz links, as the great nephew of Alice Coltrane and his impeccabl...

May 22, 2014




An iconic figure in the bass world Anthony Jackson’s reputation as an A-list sideman is founded on four decades of exceptional bass work across a multitude of genres and musical settings. Now after years of waiting he releases his debut solo album, but as I discov...

May 21, 2014


As influential as a composer as he is imperious as a bass player Avishai Cohen has been setting the international jazz scene alight since the 1990s when he first emerged as the latest protégé in Chick Corea’s new acoustic band. Since then he’s emerged as a powerful...

May 21, 2014



To those of you out there that have been glued to the late night radio sessions from the awesome Gilles Peterson will doubtless have heard the name Bugge Wesseltoft mentioned more than a couple of times. Wesseltoft has been mining his otherworldly blend of airy jaz...

May 21, 2014



The Hardline According To... Terry Callier It's the kind of thing that you never think will happen. You just hope and pray that if you were ever to have to have your wish granted that the powers that be will make this a day to remember. It was with these feelings t...

May 21, 2014

Nitin Sawhney has done more soul searching than most 'overnight sensations' reaching his current plateau through years of perseverance. Missing out on last year's Mercury Music Prize has done little to dent this most progressive of artists' forward momentum. The next c...

May 21, 2014

Bela Fleck has won 9 Grammy Awards, released 10 solo albums and 7 with his band The Flecktones, yet I doubt most of you reading will have heard of this incredibly talented musician's music. Why? Possibly because he plays the banjo, which in modern musical terms could b...

May 21, 2014



Alison Goldfrapp has a spiky reputation that precedes her - a halo of cool knowingness that translated to some rather nervous body language at Goldfrapp's Queen Elizabeth Hall headline show last year. Despite this, she delivered a spirited and compelling performanc...

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