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Still Clinging to the Wreckage

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      Django Bates: Tenacity

      Collectivity – as in Django Bates's Loose Tubes, the Willem Breuker Kollektief and the Hackney Colliery Band - is a jazz style defined by how much the music sounds...

      AVA Trio: Digging The Sand

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      Back Door – bless their old boots /3

      Feeling a need to expand their sound for their next album, Another Fine Mess (Warner, 1975) Back Door were joined in the studio by keyboardist Dave MacRae and guitarist...

      Count Me In 02/21

      There are historical parallels between jazz and photography - both were nascent (primitive, if you like) in the second half of the 19th century. That famous photograph of Buddy...

      The Jazz Standards – A Guide To The Repertoire

      The first edition of The Jazz Standards (2012) received unanimous praise from such critics and performers as Will Friedwald, Gerald Early, Dave Brubeck and Sonny Rollins. This revised and...

      JJ 07/91: Wayne Krantz – Signals

      According to Matt Resnicoff's valiant sleevenote, Wayne Krantz thinks 'the burn' has become vastly overrated in modern music. The result is this pallid set, which comes as an anti-climax after...

      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 originally found...