• by Guardian critics
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  • by Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    Trombonist heralded by president Cyril Ramaphosa as ‘a giant of our revolutionary cultural movement’Jonas Gwangwa, the Oscar-nominated South African jazz musician who campaigned against apartheid for decades, has died aged 83. The cause of death has not been announced.South African president Cyril Ramaphosa led tributes, saying:A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic […]
  • by Dave Gelly
    Marsalis’s film soundtrack is an impeccable recreation of Ma Rainey’s studio sessionsAugust Wilson’s 1982 play, and the 2020 Netflix film, are about a lot more than music, but Gertude “Ma” Rainey (“Mother of the Blues”) was a real person, and the action takes place around what was a real recording session. Music, and how it’s […]
  • by Tayyab Amin
    (Madlib Invasion)Arranged by Four Tet, the producer’s stunning album is poignant and sincere, combining beats, jazz, reggae toasts and vocal snippets into a kind of folkloreThere are more ways to fall in love with Madlib’s myriad music projects than not. For many it’ll be his charismatic beats for the late, great MF Doom, his collaborations […]
  • by Richard Adams and Harriet Clifford
    Edexcel admits it was wrong to cut British jazz artist Courtney Pine from courseThe work of the British jazz artist Courtney Pine is to be swiftly reinstated to A-level music, after an examination board admitted it had been wrong to drop his album from its course and leave its syllabus without any black composers.The Guardian […]
  • by Dave Arthur
    Washboard player with the Vipers, which helped set the stage for British rock’n’roll during the 50s teenage ‘skiffle craze’John Pilgrim, who has died aged 87, achieved fame, if not fortune, as washboard player with the Vipers during the brief mid-50s “skiffle craze”. The Vipers were among the most popular and exciting of British skiffle groups, […]
  • by Dave Gelly
    (33 Jazz)The songs of the late, great Scottish saxophonist, composer and songwriter are done full justice by vocalist Tina May and the James Pearson TrioThe late Duncan Lamont was a remarkable man: jazz saxophonist, first-call session musician, composer and highly original songwriter. He was also uniquely productive, intent on writing a song a day – […]
  • by Laura Barton
    He’s revered for shooting Ways of Seeing with John Berger, but Mike Dibb has made films about all the giants of culture – as well as Wimbledon tennis balls. He looks back on a dazzling careerThis morning, like most mornings, Mike Dibb is sitting in his conservatory. “It’s where I spend many, many, many hours,” […]