Welcome to Naim Jazz

Jazz is Naim's most prominent love affair. Naim Label is renowned for maintaining absolute sonic, technical and creative quality on the global jazz scene. Formed in 2009, Naim Jazz is dedicated to everything from smooth jazz right up to avant-garde. Whilst working with our existing stalwart jazz names, Naim Jazz also aims to keep the music alive, by helping a range of new jazz artists along the way.

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Featured Video | Neil Cowley Trio

Featured Artist | Charlie Haden

RIP Charlie Haden 1937 - 2014

Charlie Haden, one of the most important bass players of all time and a dear friend of Naim, sadly passed away on the morning of Friday 11th July at 10:11 Pacific Time in Los Angeles, California with his family by his side.

Charlie's invaluable contribution to jazz music began with Ornette Coleman in the late 1950s, where he helped shape ‘free jazz' as we now know it. His signature lyrical style is now ingrained in every genre of contemporary music.

Inducted as a Jazz Master for the NEA in 2012 and honoured with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, Charlie's boundless creativity never faltered as he continued to record for ECM Records, Verve/Universal and our very own Naim Jazz Records well into his 70s. As always, he made every note count.

Charlie was well known for his quick wit and charm but also for his generosity as a musician. Charlie's special relationship with Naim afforded him the platform to produce and perform duo recordings with the musicians who he personally felt deserved greater recognition for their talents. Charlie Haden was an inspiration to work with.

We'd like to thank Charlie for the music and laughter, but above all would like to extend our deepest condolences to Charlie's wife, children, grandchildren and siblings.


Featured Recording

Burn

Sons Of Kemet
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Seldom has a band on the British jazz scene created a buzz before releasing an album, but through their live shows Sons of Kemet have done just that. A MOBO award winning super-group of sorts led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings with Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums.

Sons of Kemet have gone on to impress many with their live shows, whether it be in session for BBC Radio 3's Jazz On 3, at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival or in collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the 2012 London Jazz Festival. In 2013 Sons of Kemet won a MOBO award for 'Best Jazz Act' and 'Album of the year' by The Arts Desk and nominated for 'Album of the Year' by the Quietus and Gilles Peterson. Their debut album is therefore much anticipated and rest assured that Burn delivers on every level. In short, the combination of these four mighty creative forces has yielded music that is powerful, lyrical and, above all, fiercely original.

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