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JJ 11/60: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – Cookbook

Bill Basie told me not too long ago that Mr. "Lockjaw" Davis was un­doubtedly the greatest "gutbucket" tenor...

James Booker: Classified

Recorded and released in 1982 on the Rounder Records label, this reissue is on 180-gram vinyl with the...

JJ 11/60: Ornette Coleman – Tomorrow Is The Question

The music of Ornette Coleman has produced some of the most violent reac­tions, both for and against, seen on the jazz scene in some years. His music, whilst claiming...

JJ 11/60: Chris Connor – Chris In Person

It is a pity that Miss Connor ever heard Sarah Vaughan, for she has neither the voice control...

Benn Clatworthy: The Pursuit

Benn Clatworthy, born in Hastings and raised in London, has lived much of his life in the United...

Vanderlei Pereira And Blindfold Test: Vision For Rhythm

The name chosen by Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira for his sextet acknowledges and confronts his handicap. Born into...

JJ 11/60: Introducing Bill Harris

Six decades ago Peter Welding met guitarist Bill Harris when he played in Philadelphia and found him exploiting the potential of the guitar itself rather than following the 1950s trend of emulating jazz horns. Ten years later Hendrix got rather more physical with the instrument, but this was an interesting early observation. Welding also sagely drew comparisons with flamenco and classical guitar

Trypl: Trypl

The Cotswolds seem far removed from the hustle and bustle of Latin jazz music, but the location has...

Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band: Message From Groove And GW

Any organ and big band release is inevitably going to be compared to Jimmy Smith’s marvellous Verve recordings...

Luca Falomi, Riccardon Barbera, Rodolfo Cervetto: Esperanto

Created by Polish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof in 1887, Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary...

Rymden: Space Sailors

I had the pleasure of seeing Rymden perform several times in 2018-19. At that stage their debut album...

JJ 11/60: Ornette Coleman – Tomorrow Is The Question

The music of Ornette Coleman has produced some of the most violent reac­tions, both for and against, seen on the jazz scene in some years. His music, whilst claiming...

JJ 11/60: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – Cookbook

Bill Basie told me not too long ago that Mr. "Lockjaw" Davis was un­doubtedly the greatest "gutbucket" tenor...

James Booker: Classified

Recorded and released in 1982 on the Rounder Records label, this reissue is on 180-gram vinyl with the...

JJ 11/60: Chris Connor – Chris In Person

It is a pity that Miss Connor ever heard Sarah Vaughan, for she has neither the voice control...

Benn Clatworthy: The Pursuit

Benn Clatworthy, born in Hastings and raised in London, has lived much of his life in the United...

Vanderlei Pereira And Blindfold Test: Vision For Rhythm

The name chosen by Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira for his sextet acknowledges and confronts his handicap. Born into...

JJ 11/60: Introducing Bill Harris

Six decades ago Peter Welding met guitarist Bill Harris when he played in Philadelphia and found him exploiting the potential of the guitar itself rather than following the 1950s trend of emulating jazz horns. Ten years later Hendrix got rather more physical with the instrument, but this was an interesting early observation. Welding also sagely drew comparisons with flamenco and classical guitar

Trypl: Trypl

The Cotswolds seem far removed from the hustle and bustle of Latin jazz music, but the location has...

Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band: Message From Groove And GW

Any organ and big band release is inevitably going to be compared to Jimmy Smith’s marvellous Verve recordings...

Luca Falomi, Riccardon Barbera, Rodolfo Cervetto: Esperanto

Created by Polish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof in 1887, Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary...
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Greg Osby & Florian Arbenz: Reflections Of The Eternal Line

Drummer Florian Arbenz first heard American saxophonist Greg Osby on a Swiss radio jazz show back in 1991, which immediately inspired him to play “Osby’s sort of music”. In 1998, along with his pianist brother Michael, he finally plucked up the courage to ask Osby to collaborate with them both on what became a two-week tour. A common sense of humour bound them together, but it is only now that Osby and Arbenz have actually recorded together. The third person here is the painter Stephan Spicher, whose main themes in his paintings are...
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Still Clinging To The Wreckage 11/20

Shorty Rogers was one of the most multi-talented of the West Coast musicians of the 50s. He was a gifted improviser, who...

Count Me In 11/20

Never under-estimate a codger's willingness to embrace new technology. Spotify is not a skin complaint, nor is streaming...

Still Clinging to the Wreckage 10/20

There’s a good case for claiming that the Vic Dickenson Septet date of 29 December 1953 is one of the finest jazz...

House party shuts down

Herbie Nichols might not have known much about marketing, but then marketing in his day consisted of not...

Obituary: Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch, a controversial, aggressive and influential jazz critic, columnist for the Daily News and The Village Voice (from which he was...

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...

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,...
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Lord discography reaches 247k sessions

The latest CD-ROM edition (21.0) of the longstanding Lord discography features 247,298 jazz recording sessions, adding 4,571 sessions since version 19.0. The new issue also brings major leader section revisions and other updates, now reaching 51,152 leaders, over 1,423,691 musician entries and over 1,620,501 tune entries. It also has an enhanced search facility, permitting a variety of advanced searches, including searching by individual word (e.g. "City") or a combination of two words (e.g. "Musician" + "Country"). The Jazz Discography was first published in printed form, between 1992 and...
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Ronnie’s: Ronnie Scott and His World-Famous Jazz Club

Ronnie Scott was, as someone once put it, a very interesting bunch of guys and Oliver Murray has got together a very...

JJ 11/60: Ornette Coleman – Tomorrow Is The Question

The music of Ornette Coleman has produced some of the most violent reac­tions, both for and against, seen on the jazz scene in some years. His music, whilst claiming unique freedom, has, in fact, unique limitations. It is as good as the imaginations of the musicians play­ing it. Whether it is inherent in Cole­man or in the music itself, there is an almost total absence of melody in his playing, which at times borders on in­coherence. A particularly bad example of this is his solo on "Rejoicing", where the tempo...

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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...