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Best of 2014

Jez Nelson presents a review of the best jazz of 2014. The programme includes selections from Jez and studio guests, highlighting some of 2014's most memorable performances.

Jez Nelson presents a look back at the best albums and live recordings of 2014, featuring selections from studio guests Helen Mayhew and John Fordham.

Included in the playlist are highlights from several performances that have marked the biggest moments in the British jazz calendar, including the reunion of big band Loose Tubes, the 70th birthday of saxophonist Evan Parker and the Mercury Prize-nominated return of Polar Bear. Also on the billing are some of the most exciting albums to have emerged Stateside, including offerings from Steve Lehman's octet and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. And Jez, Helen and John mark your cards for 2015 with their discoveries of the year.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sun Ra Presents The Qualities

    It’s Christmas Time

    Composer: Sun Ra

    • Norton Records.
  • John Fordham (The Guardian) and Helen Mayhew (Jazz FM) join Jez in the studio

  • Loose Tubes in concert at Ronnie Scott's, London on 8 May 2014

    • Loose Tubes


      Composer: John Eacott

  • Julian Argüelles


    Composer: Julian Argüelles

    • Circularity.
    • CamJazz.
  • David Virelles


    Composer: David Virelles

    • Mbókò.
    • ECM.
  • Jake Labazzi in concert at the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year final

    • Jake Labazzi


      Composer: Charlie Parker

  • Michael Wollny Trio in concert at The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 3 May 2014

    • Michael Wollny Trio

      Phlegma Phighter

      Composer: Michael Wollny

  • Steve Lehman Octet

    Segregated and Sequential

    Composer: Steve Lehman

    • Mise en Abîme.
    • Pi.
  • Norma Winstone

    A Breath Away

    Composer: Ralph Towner / Norma Winstone

    • Dance Without Answer.
    • ECM.
  • Evan Parker in session for Jazz on 3 at St Peter's Church, Whitstable on 8 October 2014

    • Evan Parker

      Reed Greed 3

      Composer: Evan Parker

  • Polar Bear in concert at XOYO, London on 2 April 2014

    • Polar Bear


      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

  • Elliot Galvin Trio in concert as part of Pop-up Circus' 'Kitchen Sink Series' in London on 13 April 2014

    • Elliot Galvin Trio


      Composer: Elliot Galvin

  • Engines Orchestra & Phil Meadows Group

    Strife of Life

    Composer: Phil Meadows

    • Lifecycles.
    • Engines Imprint.
  • Ambrose Akinmusire

    Marie Christie

    Composer: Ambrose Akinmusire

    • The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint.
    • Blue Note.

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order Of Service

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order Of Service
Order of service brought by guest Helen Mayhew as her memorable 'jazz object' of 2014.

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order of Service

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order of Service
Top: Kenny Wheeler and Stan Sulzmann

Bottom: Kenny Wheeler and Evan Parker

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order of Service

Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order of Service
John Taylor, Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler


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