Sunday, January 26, 2020

Buddy Rich: Just In Time

Recorded at Scott’s in 1986, this double LP turned out to be Buddy’s last recording in London and his last anywhere. He died in April 1987. Daughter...

Nigel Hitchcock’s Hitchgnosis

Saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock has released his third solo album and his second on his Eight Inch Clock label. Best...

Alt. takes 12/19

Been a bit out of action for the last umpty-um weeks with a condition that at first looked a bit hairy but has more recently been declared...

Ronnie Scott’s 1959-69: Photographs By Freddy Warren

Facing a photograph of the saxophonist at the time of his most podgy and physically unattractive period is a quote from Ronnie...

Hagood happening

Your review of Herbie Mann: At The Village Gate asks of Hagood Hardy "whatever happened to him?" Hagood died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1997 (the year after I was...

JJ 12/89: Brian Priestley – Love You Gladly

It's good that this fine band has at last made an album. Apart from an appearance on Sounds Of Jazz and far too few gigs, it isn't nearly as well known as it should be. It uses some of the finest players in the country and - against all expectations - succeeds in adding to the Ellington legacy. Priestley is able to fashion Ellington-like constructions and then let his improvisers work on them. The result is much origi­nality while still retaining the Ellington flavour of say, Band Call and Downtown Uproar (originally composed by Duke for Cootie Williams' Rug Cutters). The writ­ing is clever without being smart and the way Brian works a whole lorry load of Duke's themes into the abominably-titled Blooz For Dook (can't you spell, Priestley?) is inspired. Don Rendell remains one of our most under-appreciated giants. Why is this? His work here is confirmation of his greatness. On the face of it the pairing of Digby with Derek Wadsworth is unlikely, and the fact that the two...

Motherless Brooklyn

Actor Edward Norton secured the rights to Jonathan Lethern’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn on publication in 1999. Exactly 20 years later he...

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Green Book

Fifty-six years after LBJ officially ended racial discrimination in the USA with the pen-stroke that signed the Civil Rights Act, the years...