4WD: Live

4WD is a European jazz supergroup — Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny, Wolfgang Haffner and Lars Danielsson. All four members are bandleaders in their own right, hence the band name. The studio version came out earlier this year; they’ve toured it, got better and recorded it. Note it’s the band that’s live: this is not alive […]

Javier Girotto Trio: Tango Nuevo Revisited

  First of all what this isn’t: it’s not the kind of tango that’s evocative of svelte couples dancing in sensual fashion across a dance floor to music suggestive of a dodgy nightclub in Buenos Aries. This is more dance music as an art form. It’s a remake of an album, Summit, by Argentinean bandoneonist […]

Ida Sand: My Soul Kitchen

The PR for this says Sand loves “sweet soul music”, and the emphasis is on the sweet for this collection of covers and originals. She’s got a honeyed voice and the band is tight but — in the best possible sense — it most reminds us of a live band you’d get in a classy […]

Magnus Lindgren: Stockholm Underground

You’re a detective in New York in the 70s and the captain’s asked you to investigate some cats in the hood who’ve been causing trouble. He sends you to Magnus’s, the hip club where the black dudes and white cats hang out. You walk in; it’s smoky with the smell of reefer, lots of people […]

Manu Katché: Live In Concert

Katché became known as the drummer on Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album So, and went on to work with the likes of Sting, Eurythmics, Dire Straits, Manu Chao, Youssou N’Dour and Joan Armatrading, as well as Joe Satriani. A top player, in other words. But he’s equally (probably more, on the evidence of this album) at […]