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Guy Lombardo: Hits Collection Vols 1 & 2

In the 1920s and early 30s, “sweet” was the opposite of “hot”. Later it was the opposite of “swing”. There were swing bands and sweet bands and,...

Rhoda Scott: An American in Paris

“I just finished my thesis on Lou Bennett”. Her voice on the phone is fragile like a wounded butterfly. But her answers are clear-cut....

Brothers in jazz

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 07/20, part 2

Inevitably the Mosaics must be listed. The only one still in the catalogue is the recent The Complete Woody Herman Decca, Mars And MGM Sessions (1943-1954) (Mosaic...

Jazz Transatlantic Vol II: Jazz Derivatives And Developments In Twentieth-Century Africa

Gerhard Kubik's magisterial, groundbreaking study comprises two simultaneously published volumes, the product of nearly 60 years' fieldwork by this doyen of ethnomusicology. Volume...

JJ 06/60: Jimmy Giuffre – The Easy Way

This album leaves me as dissatisfied and unconvinced as I was after hearing Jimmy Giuffre on his recent tour of England. I am not convinced, for one...

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

This is a live studio performance by a group of mainly veteran Chicago bluesmen led by Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and fronted by Willie Dixon, who sings...

Green Book