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Joe Locke: Subtle Disguise

It's astonishing to reflect that this super album by vibraphonist Joe Locke is his 36th as a leader. There's nothing about it to dislike, unless it's the fastidiousness that for some might make the arrangements of his tunes feel too neat and its solo eruptions too contained. But that's a reflection of...

Count me in 04/19

During a recital at the Three Choirs Festival, I became increasingly annoyed by members of the audience who insisted on rising every 10 minutes to go to the bar. Latecomers were also admitted after the recital had begun...

Brilliant Bernhart

I enjoyed Gordon Jack's article about Milt Bernhart. It brought back the memories of the April 2000 Stan Kenton celebration held at Egham, Surrey. My videos of the Milt Bernhart contributions and his "Kenton...

JJ 03/59: Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars, Vol. 4

The oboe and flute duets by Bob Cooper and Bud Shank have become quite a tradition at the Lighthouse, one of the few remaining jazz spots in the Los Angeles area these days. The eight selections by these two, Cooper doubling on English horn, were recorded in 1953 and were previously issued on Vogue LDC 146. Personally I don't much care about the thin emasculated tone of flutes and...

Louis Armstrong: ‘more important than Picasso’

From his initial and life-enhancing discovery of jazz, poet Philip Larkin’s love of Louis Armstrong (1901-71) was expressed in broadcasts, correspondence, record...

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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