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Joe Downard: Seven Japanese Tales

Seven original compositions from bassist and synthesizer player Joe Downard form the track list for his debut album, Seven Japanese Tales. Each tune is apparently inspired by the short...
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Lionel Hampton: an abiding inspiration /2

Later in 1955, with Hampton spending some time in Los Angeles, Clef recorded another small group under the not-entirely-unreasonable title of Lionel Hampton And His Giants. Six tracks were...

Bangers and clankers /1

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Still Clinging To The Wreckage 06/21, part 2

As a child Barney Bigard had at first resisted his family's attempts to point him to a career in music, choosing on his own to become an engraver. But...

Cool Joe Henderson

Blues From The Delta Avon

There are ordinary books for collectors and there are extraordinary books for collectors. This book surely fits the latter category. This book traces in minute detail the birth of...

Texas Jazz Singer

Play The Way You Feel

JJ 07/59: The Art Of Improvisation

Whatever other arguments may go on about the various theories and schools of jazz, there is one basic fact which cannot be overlooked for long: improvisation is an integral...

Ronnie’s – the life of Ronnie Scott and his world famous jazz club

As Ronnie Scott himself said, “only an idiot would open a jazz club in 1959". But he did, along with his close friend and business partner Pete King and...