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Dimitri K: 7/8

Smooth jazz has been accused of many failings, among which is simplicity. Much of this session is cast loosely in the smooth-jazz mode, with saxophone, violin, piano and guitar set over easy, loping...

Hubert Laws for London with the Smithsonian

Flautist Hubert Laws, perhaps best known to modern jazz audiences for his virtuoso showing on "Used To Be A (Cha Cha)" from Jaco Pastorius's eponymous 1975 debut,...

On the Other Hand

The Daily Telegraph's Saturday Review is rightly praised for the quality of its literary pages. The reviews are generally so lively and well written that you can enjoy them regardless of the views expressed...

Where’s the mainstream?

I have been a reader of Jazz Journal on and off since 1957, and regularly since 1980. I enjoy it, but the whole jazz scene seems to have changed. Out of 70 or so record reviews in...

JJ 02/89: John Scofield – Pick Hits & Loud Jazz

This pair sit together fairly comfortably, having been recorded within three months of each other. Some differences might be expected, since Loud Jazz was a new studio album and Pick Hits was a live recording reprising material from Scofield's first three fusion albums - Electric Outlet, Still Warm and Blue Matter. But in fact Loud Jazz signals little departure from the powerful and individualist groove that the guitarist began to cut in...

Brian Auger: bridging the gap

Born two months before the outbreak of World War II, Brian grew up in London during the Blitz. "I grew up with a pianola in the house and my father had a collection of...

Nubya Garcia at Komedia, Brighton

With an expectant buzz in the air, a vibrant, mixed crowd gathered at Komedia, 5 March, awaiting one of the most talked-about young tenor sax players of the past year....

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

“And then there is Ella, about whom critics have surprisingly little to say, other than to state that she is the ultimate...

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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...