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Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz : Random Dances And (A)tonalities

The album title hints at something a bit left-field and that’s how things work out. Don Byron has built a reputation in the more modernistic areas, though...

Pigfoot: Pigfoot Shuffle

Louis Armstrong: ‘more important than Picasso’

From his initial and life-enhancing discovery of jazz, poet Philip Larkin’s love of Louis Armstrong (1901-71) was expressed in broadcasts, correspondence, record and book reviews. As the...

Obituary: Ethel Ennis

Although Ethel Ennis had a long career it was not as glittering as her rich talent deserved. Indeed, after early prominence she drifted out of the national...

Alt. takes 01/19

JJ poll: wit and wisdom

Shellac And Swing!

The subtitle of this book is "A social history of the gramophone in Britain". That may suggest a rather dry treatise but I’m glad to say I...

JJ 08/59: Dave Lee – In My Opinion

This is one of a series of taped interviews with musicians, who are asked to give a snap opinion on a set of records played to them....

JJ 05/89: Jazz awards

Thelonious Monk Quartet: Live

I saw Monk in concert three times: first with his quartet at Jazz Expo 69, then with the Giants of Jazz in 1971 and 1972. I had...