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      Chris Hopkins: Meets The Kangaroos Live! Vol 1

      New Jersey born Chris Hopkins grew up in Germany. His recording career has included piano albums for Arbors records, which included the noted trombonist Dan Barrett. I have much...

      Ragajazz: Purple Twilight


      Frank Zappa: making a jazz noise

      Frank Zappa, who died 26 years ago at the age of 52, was a major figure in 20th century popular music. That a keen public interest in his work...

      Still Clinging to the Wreckage 02/19

      "I must confess to getting more joy from previously unissued material by Buck, Pres, Hawk, Zoot, Getz, Hodges etc. than hearing some brilliant new wunderkind who has apparently just...

      Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker

      If an antidote to apathy consists of work and proselytizing, then bassist, composer, bandleader, activist and organiser William Parker embodies that antidote. Cisco Bradley has achieved much in simply...

      The Look Of Jazz


      JJ 01/69: Horace Silver at Ronnie Scott’s, November 1968

      Ronnie Scott's genteel and suave new ground floor housed Horace Silver's most recent quintet for three weeks in November. The material - invariably Silver's own - seemed pallid and...

      Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

      “And then there is Ella, about whom critics have surprisingly little to say, other than to state that she is the ultimate jazz singer or to denigrate her in...