Majamisty Trio: Organic

The Majamisty Trio from Novi Sad in Serbia have now released three albums, the first two of which...

Shelley Moore: For The First Time …/Ann Williams: First Time Out

Both singers presented here are on the boundary between jazz and pop. The one perhaps closest to jazz...

Nat King Cole Trio: Hittin’ The Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

Produced for release in 2019, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat Cole, this comprehensive 10-LP set will appeal to many jazz enthusiasts. Resonance Records have produced a...

Christian Sands: Be Water

This might well be the best album yet by Christian Sands. His releases under his own name seem...

Emilia Vancini Augusto Pirodda: And If You Fall, You Fall

Emilia Vancini and Augusto Pirodda are both accomplished performers and excellent interpreters of The Great American Songbook. I...

Bill Frisell: Valentine

Recorded at the culmination of over two years touring, Valentine presents Bill Frisell’s trio...

Lupa: Sequences And Consequences

Latvian four-piece Lupa release their LP Sequences And Consequences, featuring six tracks of contemporary...

Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Time Labyrinth is the first part of a project called Changing Perspectives. Nabatov has...

Das Rad: Adios Al Futuro

Much – maybe most – of the best music coming out of Britain at...

Hemiola Trio: Poncho Negro

The Hemiola Trio are a fairly unknown group based in Barcelona with a name...

Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five: Choo Choo Ch’Boogie

Stop bouncing around, snapping your fingers and joining in the choruses for a minute...

de tian: Transcriptome

Elsewhere in these pages, you might find the assertion that Martin Archer is a...

Nat King Cole Trio: Hittin’ The Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

Produced for release in 2019, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat Cole, this comprehensive 10-LP set will appeal to many jazz enthusiasts. Resonance Records have produced a...

Majamisty Trio: Organic

The Majamisty Trio from Novi Sad in Serbia have now released three albums, the first two of which...

Shelley Moore: For The First Time …/Ann Williams: First Time Out

Both singers presented here are on the boundary between jazz and pop. The one perhaps closest to jazz...

Christian Sands: Be Water

This might well be the best album yet by Christian Sands. His releases under his own name seem...

Emilia Vancini Augusto Pirodda: And If You Fall, You Fall

Emilia Vancini and Augusto Pirodda are both accomplished performers and excellent interpreters of The Great American Songbook. I...

Bill Frisell: Valentine

Recorded at the culmination of over two years touring, Valentine presents Bill Frisell’s trio...

Lupa: Sequences And Consequences

Latvian four-piece Lupa release their LP Sequences And Consequences, featuring six tracks of contemporary...

Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Time Labyrinth is the first part of a project called Changing Perspectives. Nabatov has...

Das Rad: Adios Al Futuro

Much – maybe most – of the best music coming out of Britain at...

Hemiola Trio: Poncho Negro

The Hemiola Trio are a fairly unknown group based in Barcelona with a name...
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Chris Spedding: living life backwards /2

Shortly after the release of Mantle Piece, Chris Spedding was approached by trumpeter Ian Carr to join jazz/rock combo Nucleus. The band...

Carole Simpson: Singin’ And Swingin’ / Connie Haines: A Tribute To Helen Morgan

Carole Simpson, who died in 2012, had an intimate quality with a lyric that recalls Jeri Southern, Chris Connor and June Christy. Although she doesn’t play here she also had a reputation as a very fine pianist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the songbook repertoire. She sang with the Billy May orchestra in 1950 which led to considerable club work as a single. She impressed Tutti Camarata who recommended her to Dave Cavanaugh at Capitol Records which led to her first album All About Carole in 1957 (Jap Toc...
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Peter Green: a jazz appreciation

He was a blues player and he wasn’t a jazz player - especially in the more strictly defined terms of the 1960s,...

Obituary: Annie Ross

Born into show business, Annie Ross had a long career with extraordinary highs and dark lows that saw her perform and excel...

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...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 07/20, part 1

Although he had the appearance of a businessman from the city, Harris had an almost schoolboy sense of humour, and would go...

Obituary: Simon Fell

Rhodri Davies has written a personal appreciation of bassist Simon Fell, who died from a recently diagnosed advanced cancer on 28 June:

Obituary: Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel, composer, arranger and instrumentalist, died at his home in Ojai, California on 29 June. He was 94. He will mainly...

Where did that love go?

Nic Jones wonders if the tender jazz career nurtured by a college education and the jazz award will withstand the frost of post-viral austerity and general oversupply

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 06/20, part 2

Bill Harris was born in Philadelphia on 28 October 1918, learning to play trumpet, tenor saxophone and piano before he eventually gave...

Alt. takes 06/20

I’ve been teaching Latin to my homeschooled son and he’s been helping me cut wood. Quid pro quo. Actually I give him...

Obituary: Keith Tippett

When Hazel Miller phoned me on Sunday to say that Keith Tippett had died, I felt it was like the end of...

Blues People

I don’t think anyone would disagree with David Freeman’s claim in his book that the blues changed the world. It is much...

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In the late 1940s the first wave of World War II novels began to appear. The positives were that the authors had...

JJ 07/90: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Given the rough ’n' ready quality of early sixties Motown recordings, it's a miracle that anyone should have been able to decipher the playing of then unknown bas­sist James Jamerson. But apparently fledg­ling bassists around the world tried to nail the bottom end of the stream of r'n'b and soul singles spilling from Berry Gordy's primitive Detroit studio. And now, thanks to Dr Licks, we can hear why. This fascinat­ing biography and analysis handsomely augments the growing evidence of Jamerson's enormous gifts and justly canonises him as a pioneer...

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Review: Fano Jazz 2019

Fano is a small town in the region of Le Marche, in central Italy on the Adriatic coast. It's had a jazz festival since 1993, held across some of the town's very atmospheric venues. The main events this year were held at...