JJ 10/80: Pete Rugolo talks about arranging

Pete Rugolo, master jazz arranger, "learned by trial and error." Rugolo, born 1915 in Sicily, one-time Stan Kenton...

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’

Finding a brand-new (well, previously unreleased) Messengers album, is a bit like finding a gold bar on your...

Ella Fitzgerald: Sings The Cole Porter Songbook

Although appropriate, “sophisticated” is an overused word when writing about the songs of Cole Porter. Indeed, such a cliché does the man a grave disservice. He was so many...

JJ 10/80: Juhani Aaltonen – Springbird

With instrumentation varying from one track to the next, with all man­ner of flutes, kotos and Senegalese percussion involved, this looked like...

Nick Dewhurst Band: Skyrocket

Nick Dewhurst’s second album offers the rare opportunity to hear a musician who is equally gifted on both trumpet and guitar. Strictly...

World Sanguine Report: Skeleton Blush

And now for something completely different ... I cannot think why this striking, richly conceived...

Alister Spence: Whirlpool

Australian jazz pianist and composer Alister Spence has led his own trio for 20 years, while also working with luminaries...

JJ 10/80: Bob Wilber And The American All Stars Featuring Lars Erstrand: In The Mood For Swing

Bob Wilber has gathered as reliable a bunch of stalwart jazzmen you would hope to find in order...

JJ 10/80: Tomasz Stanko – Almost Green

This group has apparently worked together for some four years, and the accompanying promotional leaflet frankly acknowledges the in­fluences of "Ornette Coleman's...

JJ 10/80: Don Rendell – Earth Music

Don Rendell has consistently represented a peak in British jazz achievements, having, in his twin roles as saxophonist and composer and arranger,...

Ella Fitzgerald: Sings The Cole Porter Songbook

Although appropriate, “sophisticated” is an overused word when writing about the songs of Cole Porter. Indeed, such a cliché does the man a grave disservice. He was so many...

JJ 10/80: Pete Rugolo talks about arranging

Pete Rugolo, master jazz arranger, "learned by trial and error." Rugolo, born 1915 in Sicily, one-time Stan Kenton...

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’

Finding a brand-new (well, previously unreleased) Messengers album, is a bit like finding a gold bar on your...

JJ 10/80: Juhani Aaltonen – Springbird

With instrumentation varying from one track to the next, with all man­ner of flutes, kotos and Senegalese percussion involved, this looked like...

Nick Dewhurst Band: Skyrocket

Nick Dewhurst’s second album offers the rare opportunity to hear a musician who is equally gifted on both trumpet and guitar. Strictly...

World Sanguine Report: Skeleton Blush

And now for something completely different ... I cannot think why this striking, richly conceived...

Alister Spence: Whirlpool

Australian jazz pianist and composer Alister Spence has led his own trio for 20 years, while also working with luminaries...

JJ 10/80: Bob Wilber And The American All Stars Featuring Lars Erstrand: In The Mood For Swing

Bob Wilber has gathered as reliable a bunch of stalwart jazzmen you would hope to find in order...

JJ 10/80: Tomasz Stanko – Almost Green

This group has apparently worked together for some four years, and the accompanying promotional leaflet frankly acknowledges the in­fluences of "Ornette Coleman's...

JJ 10/80: Don Rendell – Earth Music

Don Rendell has consistently represented a peak in British jazz achievements, having, in his twin roles as saxophonist and composer and arranger,...

Quincy Jones: Live In Paris 1961

Frémeaux’s excellent series of concert performances in Paris includes a double CD by Quincy’s band of 1960. This one by Quincy in 1961 has been available in France for some years. The album has the banner (en français) “For The Defence Of Sound Heritage” on a sticky label. The disc’s only failing is the erratic balancing of the instruments. You’ll tire of prominent but accomplished drumming from Martin, whilst Fuller’s pyrotechnics are in the middle distance and the excellent trumpets out in les environs: the sax section sometimes murmurs politely...
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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...

House party shuts down

Herbie Nichols might not have known much about marketing, but then marketing in his day consisted of not...

Obituary: Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch, a controversial, aggressive and influential jazz critic, columnist for the Daily News and The Village Voice (from which he was...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 09/20

It is said that to copy from one person is plagiarism. To copy from two is research. I have...

Obituary: Dick Bank

The first time I heard the name Dick Bank must have been around 1992, and it came about...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 08/20

Hindsight makes it easy to pinpoint the wonderful jazz events of the 20s and 30s, all transcended by the walking on water...

Count Me In 08/20

Having named vibraphonist Joe Locke and his band's recording of Make Me Feel Like It's Raining (from Subtle...

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...
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Keith Jarrett unlikely to perform again

Two paralysing strokes have forced 75-year-old Keith Jarrett to concede that he may never play the piano again. He suffered the double blow in February and May 2018 and it has left him without feeling down his left side. The news was revealed in an interview with the New York Times yesterday (October 21). Mortality has hovered close to home for Jarrett this year. His bass player Gary Peacock died last month and some time drummer Jon Christensen earlier this year. Associates Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian have also...
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Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes

This is an excellently assembled documentary which tells us a good deal more about Basie as a person...

JJ 10/70: Soft Machine at the Proms

The arts establishment falls over itself in the voguish rush to diversity, but half a century ago the Proms was already open to non-classical music. Martin King heard in Soft Machine an amalgam of Ornette Coleman and Mike Westbrook

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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...