Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Groove master: Paul Jackson

“Well, probably, I’m weird!”, joked celebrated Kobe resident and electric bassist Paul Jackson with his signature robust laugh when asked to speculate why Herbie Hancock chose him for his new band in 1973. Weirdness aside, Hancock knew talent when...

Kurt Elling joins Guy Barker for Christmas at the Hall

In what is becoming a fixture in the festive calendar, trumpeter Guy Barker brings his Christmas big band show back to the...

Still Clinging to the Wreckage 12/19

The coffee lounge of Liverpool’s Adelphi Hotel is designed to strike awe into all but cabinet ministers and the most eminently U. But in...

The Flute In Jazz: Window On World Music

The Instrument Formerly Known As Miscellaneous. It wasn’t until 1960 that Downbeat instituted a flute category in its annual polls. At the...

Ginger’s jazz days

I was sorry to learn that Ginger Baker had died. He was in my band, The Storyville Jazzmen (later led by Bob Wallis) back in 1956-7. We were very much into purist...

JJ 11/59: In My Opinion – John Dankworth

This is one of a series of taped interviews with musicians, who are asked to give a snap opinion on a set of records, played to them. Although no previous information is given as to what they are going to hear, they are, during the actual playing, handed the appropriate record sleeve. Thus in no way is their judgment influenced by being unaware of what they are hearing. As far as possible the records played to them are currently available items procurable from any record shop. Johnny Dankworth, as a musician, needs no introduction. But in addition to his activities in leading Britain's best big band Johnny is also a young man of unusual perspicacity, with a broad knowledge and love of all types of music. This fact is borne out by his trenchant comments on the records played to him.Sinclair Traill "The Opener". Anatomy of Improvisation, Charlie Parker et al. (Columbia 33CX 10141)That was very interesting. I first heard Charlie Parker just before that was made, about 1947, when he was playing...

LJF 2019: Dan Tepfer

As Natural Machines, his album from earlier in 2019, shows, Dan Tepfer produces music from a Yamaha...

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Green Book

Fifty-six years after LBJ officially ended racial discrimination in the USA with the pen-stroke that signed the Civil Rights Act, the years...