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Sean Noonan, Alex Ward: Noonward

Alex Ward emerged out of the Derek Bailey circle as a free improviser of pleasingly other-worldly aspect, and...

Massimiliano Coclite: Midnight / Sun

Placed among the best Italian crooners since 2012 by Jazziz magazine, Massimiliano Coclite has made a name for...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 09/20

It is said that to copy from one person is plagiarism. To copy from two is research. I have consulted Dan Morgenstern and Jim Burns, two of the few writers...

Jerry Granelli Trio: Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

Back in 1965 a British band, Sounds Orchestral, had a huge hit with Cast Your Fate To The...

Jesper Thilo Quartet: Swing Is The Thing

The sound of veteran Danish saxophonist Jesper Thilo unashamedly takes in Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Don Byas and...

Wayne Marshall / WDR Funkhausorchester: Born To Play

There's a difference between a jazz record and a jazzy record. This is a jazzy record. Even so,...

Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited

A familiar name to readers, trumpeter Harry Beckett was greatly admired, regarded and loved by many and it’s...

Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Susan Tobocman vaults effortlessly over the void between superior pop and jazz, and takes songs by the likes...

Lionel Hampton: an abiding inspiration /2

Later in 1955, with Hampton spending some time in Los Angeles, Clef recorded another small group under the...

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...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 09/20

It is said that to copy from one person is plagiarism. To copy from two is research. I have consulted Dan Morgenstern and Jim Burns, two of the few writers...

Sean Noonan, Alex Ward: Noonward

Alex Ward emerged out of the Derek Bailey circle as a free improviser of pleasingly other-worldly aspect, and...

Massimiliano Coclite: Midnight / Sun

Placed among the best Italian crooners since 2012 by Jazziz magazine, Massimiliano Coclite has made a name for...

Jerry Granelli Trio: Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

Back in 1965 a British band, Sounds Orchestral, had a huge hit with Cast Your Fate To The...

Jesper Thilo Quartet: Swing Is The Thing

The sound of veteran Danish saxophonist Jesper Thilo unashamedly takes in Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Don Byas and...

Wayne Marshall / WDR Funkhausorchester: Born To Play

There's a difference between a jazz record and a jazzy record. This is a jazzy record. Even so,...

Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited

A familiar name to readers, trumpeter Harry Beckett was greatly admired, regarded and loved by many and it’s...

Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Susan Tobocman vaults effortlessly over the void between superior pop and jazz, and takes songs by the likes...

Lionel Hampton: an abiding inspiration /2

Later in 1955, with Hampton spending some time in Los Angeles, Clef recorded another small group under the...

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...
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Brad Mehldau – Suite: April 2020

Esteemed US pianist and prominent composer Brad Mehldau used his time wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic. At home with his family based in the Netherlands, Mehldau wrote a suite of 12 short compositions which drew upon his experiences during lockdown. It was conceived, as the title suggests, in April 2020. In addition to this suite are three covers that round off a short but sweet record – 40 minutes in total. The focal point of this album is not Mehldau but the musicians struggling through this global crisis. Therefore, one...
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Obituary: Dick Bank

The first time I heard the name Dick Bank must have been around 1992, and it came about...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 08/20

Hindsight makes it easy to pinpoint the wonderful jazz events of the 20s and 30s, all transcended by the walking on water...

Count Me In 08/20

Having named vibraphonist Joe Locke and his band's recording of Make Me Feel Like It's Raining (from Subtle...

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
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Chelsea’s 606 Club back in action

Since reopening on the 20 August, the 606 Club in Chelsea, London has received plaudits for its safe presentation of jazz, including two five-star reviews and comments such as “it was very well organised, distanced and clean”. Among the highlights in coming weeks are Lily Dior (Fri 4/9), Tony Kofi's "Portrait of Cannonball" (Sat 5/9), Purdy (Thu 10/9), Derek Nash (Sat 12/9), Wayne Hernandez (Sun 13/9) and Kat Eaton (Sun 20/9). All the club’s shows can be seen and booked on the club’s site - https://www.606club.co.uk/events/ In addition...
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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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Otto Preminger’s Anatomy Of A Murder

This 1959 movie by director Otto Preminger offered two innovations. It was the first time a jazz score...

JJ 08/90: Lee Konitz – Round & Round

After the disappointment of his last CD (Konitz In Rio) it's good to hear Lee Konitz in good voice and in brilliant sound, thanks to this DDD CD. The rhythm section is a new one for Konitz (on record at least) and whilst it is more intru­sive than many he has used, the quartet mesh together very well. Pianist Fred Hersch is an almost uncannily empathetic accompan­ist, and the warmly sustained bass notes of Mike Richmond are com­plemented by the deftly sympathetic and cushioning drum­ming of Adam Nussbaum.

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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...