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Miles Davis: Rubberband

Anyone insouciantly dismissing Rubberband as just another cashing-in exercise amongst a swathe of “lost” recordings should do so at their peril. This is certainly not the case....

Mary Lou Williams: high in the charts

A highly talented pianist and composer, Mary Lou Williams was also one of the very best arrangers of her generation. Yet when arrangers are written about or...

Looking for Ted Curson

I enjoyed making the acquaintance of the new online version of JJ and reading about Brian Morton's encounter with trumpeter Ted Curson in Finland in his excellent Alt....

Obituary: Stanley Crouch

Desire In Chromatic Harmony

Kenneth Smith has a brilliant new approach to understanding chromatic music. To grasp it, an academic background in music but also in philosophy...

JJ 02/59: Gil Evans And Ten

Gil Evans is an ambitious, interesting writer who has a great future — providing he doesn't allow his work to become too complex and thus stray outside...

Modern Jazz Quartet: Live

The glut of plastic that is choking the oceans of the world is entirely due to the surfeit of CDs and DVDs by the Dave Brubeck Quartet...