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Charlie Parker: Bird And Diz

The Parker quartet album I review elsewhere (Bird’s Nest 244105), although not necessarily his greatest, reveals that Parker was assuredly the most daring soloist that jazz has produced and...

A Tower Of Inspiration: Dave Weckl’s Master Plan at 30

Some dismiss it as a time of mullets and macho chops, but 1990 gave birth to the much-admired debut album by the Missouri-born drum virtuoso who had come to prominence with Chick Corea

Obituary: Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand, the French composer, pianist, arranger, singer and conductor, was born in the Paris suburb of Bécon-les-Bruyères, 24 February 1932, into a musical family. He began playing the...

Obituary: Sammy Nestico

The Rhythm Changes Guide

This is a very useful new guide to playing rhythm changes in jazz by Lukas Gabric, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition and a member of the...

JJ 04/60: John Coltrane With The Red Garland Trio – Soultrane

If there is one phrase to sum up the essential character of John Coltrane's music, it is "magnificent unconcern". What appears to be his unvarying tone, coupled with the...

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

This is a live studio performance by a group of mainly veteran Chicago bluesmen led by Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and fronted by Willie Dixon, who sings several of...