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Matthew Ruddick

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Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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Friday, 30 December 2016 09:22

Top Picks Of 2016

At the end of the year, we ask our reviewers for their top picks of the year. Last year, there was a lot of crossover, but this year, everyone highlighted different albums - such was the diverse range of fantastic new music. The CDs below range from the classic jazz trio to jazz-funk, cool European sounds to experimental free jazz, soul-jazz to retro. In short, there's something for everyone. We hope you enjoyed our CD and gig reviews throughout the year, and our interviews too. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, and wish you all the best for 2017.

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Friday, 29 April 2016 01:10

Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha

Texas-homed global phenomenon’s first studio album in eight years. Top stuff, but third Grammy next year not a certainty.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:55

Snarky Puppy - Family Dinner Volume 2

Could a second Grammy be on the way for globe’s favourite music collective with this tasty collection of tracks?

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Snarky Puppy is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental fusion band led by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly forty musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. Family Dinner - Volume 2 is the band's tenth album, and will be released on February 12, 2016.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015 08:58

Best Of 2015 - Our Recommended Albums

It's been a year of growth at Kind Of Jazz, as we added new writers, and as a result, we were able to publish far more CD and gig reviews than in 2014. There were so many good jazz albums released this year, and such a variety, that we struggled to narrow down our choices into a Top Ten. In the end, we think we produced a balanced list - five European artists and five North American artists. Likewise, we managed to find room for a few younger artists on our list. So here it is - our Top Ten, and five more that were highly recommended, but didn't quite make the cut. We hope you enjoy our recommendations, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

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The Puppy continues its upward trajectory to global domination.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 06:25

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest - Sylva

Snarky Puppy’s inexorable rise to the top of the jazz world sees them journey through an orchestral forest

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Our Contributors

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Rob Mallows

London Jazz Meetup owner and fan of ‘plugged in’ jazz.
 
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Erminia Yardley

Freelance journalist & writer. Jazz mad. Art lover. Photography freak.
 
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Simon Cooney

By day a full time Londoner in tv news. By night jazzaholic

 

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Fernando Rose

I love my jazz and I bless the funk. I play percussion for all and sundry and go by @Mr Cool.
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Hilary Robertson

Jazz-obsessed freelance writer and saxist.

 

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Grae Shennan

Laboratory scientist with a love of evolving music that defies boundaries.