Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Oscar Peterson: Nostalgic Memories

Nostalgic Memories - the LP released by Clef Records in 1956 had 12 tracks on it. It’s now released on CD by Essential Jazz Classics with 12 additional numbers from the same recording sessions. 

Preview: Leeds Jazz Festival 2019

In its third year the Leeds Jazz Festival brings a host of leading jazz names to the city over the long weekend of 18-21...

Obituary: Bob Efford

Before leaving the UK for the USA in 1976, Bob Efford had become one of the most sought after session players in town. He performed on countless recording dates for...

Remembering Bob Efford

Reading Gordon Jack’s very good obituary for Bob Efford I was reminded that I saw Bob a few times in the UK (with Heath, I think) while the last time was in the US. This was in 1980 and was...

JJ 05/89: Jazz awards

I saw a copy of The Melody Maker for the first time in many years. Not a pretty sight these days, and even worse to read. Max Jones must feel sad when he sees things such as I encountered in one of their record reviews: 'DO NOT ENCOURAGE THIS SHAPELESS, LIFELESS SHIT IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM'. Their capitals. I abhor the lack of vocabulary and imagination, but suspect that if the writer was referring to most of the so called popular music of the last 30 years, he should be encouraged in his unrestrained condemnation of it. The Melody Maker, for several decades in the vanguard of British writing about jazz, has been given over to the dirty toenail brigade these many years. In truth you can count the number of contemporary British jazz magazines on the fingers of one fairly badly chopped up hand. A couple of the newer magazines seem to think that they need a jazz equivalent of Page Three in The Sun to draw the attention of an otherwise less than hysterical readership. They call it British Jazz Awards and take...

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