DECEMBER 2016

Joey DeFrancesco Andy Hughes talks to the Philadelphia keyboard man widely credited with inspiring today’s enduring Hammond organ revival

Chet Baker
Gordon Jack gets the low-down on the residency that produced the newly released Chet Baker Live In London

Jim Rattigan Remember Julius Watkins’ addiction to the French horn? Fellow sufferer Jim Rattigan unburdens himself to Bruce Lindsay

Book Reviews They Call Me Stein On Vine // Murray Talks Music // Wisdom Of The Hand: A Guide To The Jazz Pentatonic Scales // Building Solo Lines From Cells // George Shearing 1935-1952

Maynard Ferguson Gary Gillies, tireless champion of The Boss, interviewed him in 2004. Here’s part one of the previously unpublished result

The sound of jazz Simon Spillett asks if we’re hearing what they’re hearing

Obituaries Bobby Wellins; Michael DiPasqua; Jo Hunter

Record reviews We review 82 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Ben Creighton Griffiths and Duski

Nigel Jarrett visits Black Mountain Jazz in Abergavenny to hear Creighton Griffith's jazz harp and Duski's extended sonic exploration


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LJF 2016: Gareth Lockrane and Carla Bley

On his final day at the LJF Bob Weir finds contrasting gigs from big bands led by Gareth Lockrane and Carla Bley and is impressed by both


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LJF 2016: Westbrook and Borochov

Bob Weir is moved by Mike Westbrook's solo piano recital and is happy to discover trumpeter Itamar Borochov at an early-hours Ronnie Scott's gig


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LJF 2016: Neset, Allen and MCA Power Trio

Three concerts, each featuring a top saxophone stylist broadly from a Rollins/Coltrane base, impress Bob Weir with their energy, virtuosity and creativity


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Review: The Cookers at Turner Sims

The Cookers at Turner Sims in Southampton played hard bop mixed with tender and reflective moments, much to Michael Tucker's delight


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Review: Marius Neset at Turner Sims

Accompanied by his quartet and the 18-piece London Sinfonietta, Marius Neset provided Michael Tucker with an exceptional evening of music


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Farewell to Bobby Wellins

Michael Tucker was among the many friends and family who said their farewells to Bobby Wellins, with a fitting musical tribute from Don Weller


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Review: Berlin Jazz Festival

Six days of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation pleases an attentive audience as well as an initially uncertain Brian Payne


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LJF 2016: Chico Freeman

Chico Freeman's quartet shows its leader's ability to organise as it delivers a stimulating set at Cadogan Hall, according to Ronald Atkins


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LJF 2016: Jason Moran

Dave Jones appreciates the musical talents of Jason Moran and his fellow musicians but sound problems and net curtains limit his enjoyment


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LJF 2016: Robert Glasper Experiment

Francis Graham-Dixon enjoys the pop, R&B, dance, rock, hip-hop and jazz assortment of multi-faceted pianist and composer Robert Glasper


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LJF 2016: Aziza

Super-quartet Aziza's amazing virtuosity impresses Andy Hamilton, but he's less excited by the combination of technical wizardry and lacklustre material


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LJF 2016: Eska + Elza Soares

Graham Colombé appreciates Eska's versatile voice and harmonica player but is driven from the Barbican auditorium by excessive volume


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Review: Serbian Jazz Festivals

Bob Weir makes the journey to the Belgrade and Pancevo festivals and is rewarded with superb music and the best Q&A session he's ever attended


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LJF 2016: Jan Garbarek Group

Michael Tucker sees music that was once exploratory and expansive transmuted into judiciously packaged high-quality entertainment


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LJF 2016: Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau

The remarkable duet by the saxophonist and pianist never fell short of excellent and was often off the scale in its quality, says Francis Graham-Dixon


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Kind of knew: BBC's 50 best jazz albums

A poll conducted by the BBC Music Jazz pop-up digital radio station has voted Kind Of Blue the greatest jazz album of all time


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Review: Nils Økland at Turner Sims

Norway's Nils Økland Band enjoys the freedom of playing unamplified and gives Michael Tucker an evening of consistently arresting music


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The Verdict on Stravinsky

Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring is still causing ructions a century after its premiere, this time in Brighton, as Simon Adams explains


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Preview: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon tour

Pavillon, a 12-piece band led by French horn player and composer Jim Rattigan, is set to tour England and Wales in support of new album Strong Tea


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Preview: Nigel Price hits the road

Guitarist Nigel Price announces an extensive tour with his organ trio and quartet, playing over 50 dates in England, Scotland and Wales from August to December


 

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