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Nevi: Istanbul Edition

An informative sleeve-note by David Fishel reveals that Nevi translates as "variety". Formed in...

Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours

Having enjoyed Norwegian drummer Nilssen's work in the quartets of his compatriot, bassist Arild...

Schapiro 17: New Shoes Kind Of Blue

This is a hugely ambitious and brilliantly realised interpretation of one of the music’s most cherished albums – Kind Of Blue. Jon Schapiro has assembled an...

Vibes Alive: Vibrasonic

Vibrasonic is the third release from what is essentially a vibes and guitar duo...

JJ 07/90: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Given the rough ’n' ready quality of early sixties Motown recordings, it's a miracle...

JJ 07/90: John Scofield – Who’s Who / Time On My Hands

Thanks perhaps to its star-studded cast, Time On My Hands has excited considerable critical...

JJ 07/80: Stateside Scene East Coast

Art Pepper is back in the saddle again. After a protracted absence from the...

JJ 07/80: Hammersmith Jazz Festival

Morrissey-Mullen Band / Holdsworth and Co / Paraphernalia Starting with Morrissey and Mullen, the programme seemed destined to...

Chicago Yestet: Not There Yet

A deep keyboard groove, a slow strutting drumbeat, and the sound of a police...

Frankfurt Radio Big Band, arr. cond. Jim McNeely: Kriegel Today!

Many UK fans may not be familiar with the work of the late German...

Schapiro 17: New Shoes Kind Of Blue

This is a hugely ambitious and brilliantly realised interpretation of one of the music’s most cherished albums – Kind Of Blue. Jon Schapiro has assembled an...

Nevi: Istanbul Edition

An informative sleeve-note by David Fishel reveals that Nevi translates as "variety". Formed in...

Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours

Having enjoyed Norwegian drummer Nilssen's work in the quartets of his compatriot, bassist Arild...

Vibes Alive: Vibrasonic

Vibrasonic is the third release from what is essentially a vibes and guitar duo...

JJ 07/90: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Given the rough ’n' ready quality of early sixties Motown recordings, it's a miracle...

JJ 07/90: John Scofield – Who’s Who / Time On My Hands

Thanks perhaps to its star-studded cast, Time On My Hands has excited considerable critical...

JJ 07/80: Stateside Scene East Coast

Art Pepper is back in the saddle again. After a protracted absence from the...

JJ 07/80: Hammersmith Jazz Festival

Morrissey-Mullen Band / Holdsworth and Co / Paraphernalia Starting with Morrissey and Mullen, the programme seemed destined to...

Chicago Yestet: Not There Yet

A deep keyboard groove, a slow strutting drumbeat, and the sound of a police...

Frankfurt Radio Big Band, arr. cond. Jim McNeely: Kriegel Today!

Many UK fans may not be familiar with the work of the late German...
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Chris Spedding: living life backwards /2

Shortly after the release of Mantle Piece, Chris Spedding was approached by trumpeter Ian Carr to join jazz/rock combo Nucleus. The band...

Erroll Garner: Feeling Is Believing (Octave Remastered Series)

One of Garner’s lesser-known latter-day albums, produced with effusive notes by Martha Glaser, this reissue retains some merits. Firstly, it demonstrates his remarkable ability to inject freshness and originality into such unpromising compositions as For Once In My Life, The Look Of Love, and Strangers In The Night. Secondly, his talents as a composer are displayed in five of the compositions (none of them identified by Glaser), but which certainly include Mood Island, Paisley Eyes and Not So Fast. Fellow pianist and Garner enthusiast Nat Pierce...
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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,...

Obituary: Annie Ross

Born into show business, Annie Ross had a long career with extraordinary highs and dark lows that saw her perform and excel...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 07/20, part 2

Inevitably the Mosaics must be listed. The only one still in the catalogue is the recent The Complete Woody Herman Decca, Mars...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 07/20, part 1

Although he had the appearance of a businessman from the city, Harris had an almost schoolboy sense of humour, and would go...

Obituary: Simon Fell

Rhodri Davies has written a personal appreciation of bassist Simon Fell, who died from a recently diagnosed advanced cancer on 28 June:

Obituary: Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel, composer, arranger and instrumentalist, died at his home in Ojai, California on 29 June. He was 94. He will mainly...

Where did that love go?

Nic Jones wonders if the tender jazz career nurtured by a college education and the jazz award will withstand the frost of post-viral austerity and general oversupply

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 06/20, part 2

Bill Harris was born in Philadelphia on 28 October 1918, learning to play trumpet, tenor saxophone and piano before he eventually gave...

Alt. takes 06/20

I’ve been teaching Latin to my homeschooled son and he’s been helping me cut wood. Quid pro quo. Actually I give him...

Obituary: Keith Tippett

When Hazel Miller phoned me on Sunday to say that Keith Tippett had died, I felt it was like the end of...

Shellac And Swing!

The subtitle of this book is "A social history of the gramophone in Britain". That may suggest a rather dry treatise but...

Stars Of Jazz: A Complete History Of The Innovative Television Series 1956-1958

The first Stars Of Jazz broadcast took place on Monday 25 June 1956 at 10.30 pm and it featured the Stan Getz...

Music A Subversive History

Ted Gioia is a musical thinker, as well as a jazz critic and historian – his concept of the aesthetics of imperfection...

Blues People

I don’t think anyone would disagree with David Freeman’s claim in his book that the blues changed the world. It is much...

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz In The 21st Century

Bill Beuttler's interesting and timely book, in its format at least, is a 21st-century counterpart of Joe Goldberg's Jazz Masters Of The...

MilesStyle: The Fashion Of Miles Davis

When asked whether Miles was always a sharp-dresser, even when he started out in the 1940s, his life-long friend Quincy Jones replied:...

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Syncopation

In the late 1940s the first wave of World War II novels began to appear. The positives were that the authors had...
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JJ 07/70: Nucleus at The Phoenix

Ian Carr's Nucleus represents one of the better attempts to fuse jazz with the basic rhythm of rock. For this gig at The Phoenix, one not only heard the group at their best, but also, unfortunately, at their worst. The group's line-up consists of Carr (trumpet & flugelhorn), John Taylor (electric piano), Chris Spedding (guitar), Jeff Clyne (bass guitar) and John Marshall (drums). Art Themen (tenor), subbed for the absent Brian Smith. As one might expect Carr is the group's out­standing voice, and he played three...

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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...