‘Jazz is hip hop’: Benet Mclean genre hops at the Hideaway

 “JAZZ is hip hop, hip hop is jazz – they’re the same thing,” pronounced Sonny Rollins  on stage at this year’s London Jazz Festival. Your average Joe jazz fan may not agree with the legendary saxophonist’s outburst – but Benet Mclean should would, as he melts hip hop songs forms into his traditional jazz quartet, while peppering the stew with elements of funk, fusion and pop. Lurching from covers of Sam Cooke and Michael Jackson to bebop-on-bendrezine workouts, Mclean’s playful piano approach draws on everyone from Art Tatum to Elton John, and Scott Joplin to Liszt. And while his voice is more … Continue reading ‘Jazz is hip hop’: Benet Mclean genre hops at the Hideaway

Growing pains: The nasty noughties and Neil Young’s difficult decade

As the iconic singer songwriter celebrates his 65th birthday, Rob Garratt looks back over Neil Young’s erratic, infuriating recent works. At the turn of the millennium, it looked like Neil Young was content to drift into old age with decorum and grace. Having not put out an album for four whole years, he celebrated his 55th birthday – and the turn of the millennium – with the low-key Silver and Gold, an introspective acoustic record which was by far his quietest, safest release to date. It was a harsh contrast to a decade earlier. At the turn of nineties, the … Continue reading Growing pains: The nasty noughties and Neil Young’s difficult decade