Multiquarium Big Band feat. Bireli Lagrene: Remembering Jaco

Multiquarium Big Band leaders Andre Charlier and Benoit Sourisse contacted guitarist Bireli Lagrene in 2019 to ask if he would like to take part in this tribute to the late ill-fated bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius,...

Multiquarium Big Band feat. Bireli Lagrene: Remembering Jaco

Multiquarium Big Band leaders Andre Charlier and Benoit Sourisse contacted guitarist Bireli Lagrene in 2019 to ask if he would like to take part in this tribute to the late ill-fated bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius,...

Lee Ritenour, jazz man for all sessions

Recovering from a 2018 fire that destroyed a hundred instruments, the LA guitarist gives fascinating insights into the studio world, including work with Dave Grusin, Steely Dan and Pink Floyd, as well as dubbing for George Benson

Hazar: Reincarnated

In a series of covers and interpretations of standards and traditional jazz compositions, guitarist Ulas Hazar demonstrates his immense skill on the guitar, one only recently acquired. Before switching to the guitar, Hazar played the saz, also known as the bağlama, releasing his debut album Virtuoso in 2009, covering both classical and jazz pieces on the instrument. Reincarnated marks Hazar’s adoption of the guitar, inspired by a conversation with John McLaughlin. He wasn't the only jazz aficionado to take an interest in Hazar’s music: Al Di Meola features on the latest album, on the second track, a version of Chick...
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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...

Obituary: Ron Mathewson

Bassist who came from the extremities of the British Isles to essay the extremes of jazz, ranging from Alex Welsh to John Stevens

Obituary: Cándido Camero

Cuban-born percussionist Cándido Camero (usually simply known as “Cándido”), died at his home in New York City on 7 November. He was 99. He...

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 nonetheless was...

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 the result of an urinary tract...

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 recordings ever...
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Edinburgh’s New Year Jazz Gala

The people behind the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival see the year out with an online concert featuring singers Ali Affleck, Georgia Cécile and Luca Manning in an evening drawing on the Great American Songbook. Despite having to cancel its annual in-person spectacular in July, the EJBF has been delivering online events since April, the most recent being the Scottish Jazz & Blues Weekend in early December. The end-of-year festival was filmed at Assembly Roxy and will be available to buy and watch for three days after premiering on Wednesday 30 December at 7pm. It can be found at edinburghjazzfestival.com. Viewers can expect...
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Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool – the DVD

Stanley Nelson's bio-doc of Miles Davis (reviewed in theatrical form in February) not only takes its title from the name of one of the...

JJ 12/90: Kenny Wheeler – The Widow In The Window

While Kenny Wheeler may not be about to abandon his characteris­tic blend of taut abstraction and melancholy lyricism, this new re­cording (his first for ECM since 1983) has a warmth and focus which has not always been appa­rent in his music. Where other of his work has left tensions un­resolved. The Widow In The Win­dow is relaxed, guardedly opti­mistic, at times even joyful. Mid-tempo swing, gentle Latin rhythms and poignant ballads provide the framework for the set, and all are developed at a faultlessly well-judged pace. The arrangements are airy, cluttered by nothing more than the pairing of trumpet and...

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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...