Chris Barber dies

Chris Barber, often regarded as the godfather of modern British popular music thanks to his introduction of US blues artists into the UK, died 2 March, after suffering from dementia. He had announced his retirement...

Chris Barber dies

Chris Barber, often regarded as the godfather of modern British popular music thanks to his introduction of US blues artists into the UK, died 2 March, after suffering from dementia. He had announced his retirement...
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JBBG – Jazz Bigband Graz: Times Of Change Vol. 1

Although the title of this CD implies this is a release by the long-established Jazz Bigband Graz, a quick glance at the personnel shows this is a truncated version of that aggregation joined for two numbers by French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê and the rightly celebrated Austrian saxophonist Wolfgang Puschnig, for many years a stalwart of The Vienna Art Orchestra. The Jazz Bigband Graz prides itself on drawing on many strands of music and this carries over into this smaller group with shades of electric Miles and occasionally Weather Report, although these are not constant factors. For instance, when the Spanish-tinged...
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Chick Corea: the musical essence

Nearly a year ago the world lost one of its piano greats in McCoy Tyner. Now it has lost another who operated in the...

Count Me In 02/21

There are historical parallels between jazz and photography - both were nascent (primitive, if you like) in the second half of the 19th century....

Obituary: Sammy Nestico

The American Dream suggests that for those ready to work hard, America will deliver success. For Luigi Nistico, a small boy from Naples...

Obituary: John Russell

The improvising guitarist John Russell died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of 19 January 2021. Born in Battersea in 1954, John...

Obituary: Junior Mance

Pianist, composer and educator Junior Mance died in his New York City home on 18 January. He was 92, and had been in failing...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 01/21, part 2

One of the main changes in Bob’s playing came in the first half of the 60s and it's represented by three albums that I...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 01/21, part 1

Sixty-four years have passed since I found myself in the most horrifying predicament of my journalistic career (even worse than the time that I...

Obituary: Eugene Wright

He played the bottom line on the wildly popular Take Five but segregated US universities baulked at the idea of the Brubeck quartet appearing with a black bassist

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Between the ages of 65 and 72 the painter Claude Monet experienced changes in the way he perceived colour. At the latter age he...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 12/20

The BBC Four programme on Ronnie Scott (still available for 11 months and reviewed here) was a mixed medley. The music clips were too...
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Chris Barber dies

Chris Barber, often regarded as the godfather of modern British popular music thanks to his introduction of US blues artists into the UK, died 2 March, after suffering from dementia. He had announced his retirement in 2019, having led a band almost continuously for 70 years. He brought blues artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Muddy Waters to the UK, feeding the burgeoning British blues boom of the early 1960s. His musical journey had begun in 1949 when, inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, he formed his New Orleans Jazz Band at the...
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Up From The Streets – New Orleans: The City Of Music

“The street has the beat; and the beat embodies the rhythm; and the rhythm embodies the culture.” Jazz drummer Herlin Riley’s insight into the...

JJ 02/91: Woody Herman – Live, Featuring Bill Harris

Woody Herman formed so many fine bands that it is difficult to give an accurate assessment of his place in orchestral jazz simply because not all of his fine Herds were recorded. This new release fills in a gap because it comprises material completely new to com­mercial issue. The music is the first half of a programme played at a dance date in Omaha just a month be­fore the band made the Woody Herman '58 album for Verve (put out in the UK as Jazz The Utmost). Although playing princi­pally for dancers Woody made few concessions and simply played the...

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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 the ancient...