Mark Youll

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A native of the north-east before making the big jump to London, Mark Youll has been a regular contributor to Jazz Journal since late 2017. Previous to this he has written for such sites and publications as Jazzwise, All About Jazz, Disorder, Louder Than War and The Quietus. As a drummer for close to 30 years, Mark has also kept himself busy (for the last five) penning pieces for various drum magazines both in the UK (Rhythm, Drummer) and in the U.S (Drumhead, Drum! ) where he has been honoured with the opportunity of interviewing players such as Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Nate Smith, Harvey Mason, Mark Mondesir and Billy Cobham amongst others. Mark has an ambition to write a book on Vince Guaraldi.


Syncopation Companion

Billy Childs: Acceptance

Meraki: Meraki


David Kollar: Unexpected Isolation

This album was released in August but I’ve not been able to find out when it was recorded. It is, though, clear from the titles that it would have...

Jazz in Japan: too many singers /1

I don't recall what tune the woman attempted to sing. I do remember her voice emerging as a sort of strangled caterwaul, rather akin to fingernails scraping a chalkboard....

Obituary: Wallace Roney

Though Miles Davis didn’t give lessons to young trumpeters, he made an exception for Wallace Roney, a talented young man from Philadelphia, gifted with perfect pitch, but the product...

Obituary: Don Weller

Gerry Mulligan: Writings On A Jazz Original

The former drummer with Bobby Troup, Anita O'Day and others has assembled into a book 52 articles illuminating Mulligan's work and life

Prehistory Of Jazz

JJ 02/89: John Scofield – Pick Hits & Loud Jazz

This pair sit together fairly comfortably, having been recorded within three months of each other. Some differences might be expected, since Loud Jazz was a new studio album and...

City Of A Million Dreams

The potent collision of African and European style in New Orleans led to jazz and informs the music of the city's famous funeral processions