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Marty Bell: The Voice Of Marty Bell / Don Heller: Blame It On My Youth

Another welcome release in The Best Voices Time Forgot series, Fresh Sound’s celebration of forgotten singers who sound too good to have suffered that fate. Both these vocalists were...

Paul Booth: Travel Sketches

Ed Palermo: the big band beyond

Early on in his career Ed Palermo cut two records, Papier Mache (Vile Heifer, 1982) and Ping Pong (Pro Jazz Records, 1987) before the disc that probably signified the...

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Frank opinions on jazz

Thought this might be pertinent to Bob Lamb's letter... Further to Bob Lamb’s reference to Dave Taylor’s letter (OSL, JJ December 2018) on Zappa’s jazz (Letters, JJ, Feb 28 2019)...

Obituary: Bob Efford

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Dana Gillespie – Weren’t Born A Man

If anyone has a stronger claim to being a missing link between David Bowie and Bessie Smith than Dana Gillespie then I don't know of them. She was a...

JJ 04/89: Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia – A Cry From The Heart, Live In London

I was pleasantly surprised by this concert recording, most of which avoids the potential banalities of its (largely) jazz-rock idiom and is rich in finely attuned group dynamics, imaginative...

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool – the DVD

Stanley Nelson's bio-doc of Miles Davis (reviewed in theatrical form in February) not only takes its title from the name of one of the trumpeter's famous albums but also...

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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