Mark Ortwein | It Was Time (February 202)

1.It Was Time 2.Peppermint Grande con Queso Mas 3.I Can’t Make You Love Me 4.After You’ve Gone 5.Basso Bossa 6.No More Butterflies 7.Lonnie’s Lament 8.Lunar Love 9.I Might Be Happy 10.Schizoid 11.Bigfoot Mark Ortwein – saxo tenor (1,4,7,9,11), saxo alto (3,5,8), saxo soprano (10), saxo barítono (2,6,11), fagot (3,9,10), fagot electrificado (2,7,11), clarinete (3,10),clarinete bajo … Read more

Strands | Strands (May 2023)

Modern, polished, and delicate, this self-titled album builds faith in the creative vision of the younger generation. Drawing on the jazz traditions that precede it – but having its own twist – the album features 8 pieces that act as a conversation between band members and the audience. “Strands” is composed of Benjamin Phipps (double bass), Alistair Johnson (saxophone), Deven Rahman (trumpet), … Read more

SPEL | SPEL (May 2023)

Vocalist Louisa Rankin and Clarinetist Jason Noble have joined forces to create a supremely human listening experience.  As noted by the duo ‘spel’ is a real word that means ‘a play, a game; to exercise oneself in diversion, an amusement or recreation’ which intentionally captures the catalyst and soul of the partnership.  Set amidst a … Read more

Essential Modern Jazz Guitarists (Guide)

Looking to expand your knowledge of the contemporary music scene? Here’s our pick of some of the most famous modern jazz guitarists you should check out… From the very origins of the music firstly the banjo and then the guitar have been a feature in jazz. More portable than piano for travelling bands, and easier … Read more

Most Famous Jazz Ballads (Countdown)

Nothing beats a great jazz ballad. No jazz performance is complete without at least one, and such is the appeal of ballads there are many artists who have made a complete album of just ballad material. With many song writers and composers writing jazz ballads for albums, stage shows or films many have entered the … Read more