Alicia Olatuja was one of the headline artists at the 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival. We hear songs from her album “Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women” .
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is regarded as the hottest trumpeter around. He was also a major artist at the 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival. Akinmusire veers from classical to hip-hop throwing down a challenge to the legacy of Miles Davis by being his own man.
American country artists, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have collaborated for their first album together Not Dark Yet where they confront the legacy of the death of both their parents when they were just teenagers.
Bedouine is the stage name of Azniv Korkejian; Bedouine means wanderer and Azniv has come a long way from war torn Syria to California by way of Saudia Arabia. The Californian singer and guitarist has a stunning debut album.
Iranian sisters, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are the first female singers to be recorded in Iran since the Islamic Revolution. They use their music as a weapon against the oppression of women. The sisters have made an album with the Kronos Quartet.
We revisit one of the most original jazz albums ever recorded "Sketches of Spain" by Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Sixty years later how does this jazz crossover album stack up?
CHAPMAN: Give me one reason - Alicia Olatuja (RESILIENCE PROMOINTUITION)
PARRA: Gracias a la Vida - Alicia Olatuja (RESILIENCE PROMOINTUITION)
AKINMUSIRE: The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits - Ambrose Akinmusire (Blue Note 0602537635733)
DYLAN: Not Dark Yet - Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer (Silver Cross SCR001-1)
LYNNE / MOORER: Is It Too Much - Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer (Silver Cross SCR001-1)
KORKEJIAN: Solitary Daughter - Bedouine (spacebomb SB010)
SISSOKO: Wo Yé N'Gnougobine - Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal (UNIVERSAL 532144)
TRAD: My Ruthless Companion - Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat Kronos Qt (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 457)
TRAD: Mina - Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat (VALLEY 215217)
RODRIGO/EVANS: Concierto De Aranjuez - Miles Davis, Gil Evans (SONY 796148)