From the JJ archive


Søren Siegumfeldt String Swing: This Is Meschiya Lake

Originally formed some years ago as a Django Reinhardt tribute band, Denmark’s String Swing plays on with only two of its founder members on hand (Søren Siegumfeldt and Jacob...

Jim Rattigan: When


Art Blakey, Manchester, 1961: a sleeve-note

British modern jazz fans had been waiting for years to hear Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the flesh. Finally, when Art brought his group to this country in May...

Obituary: John Oddo

John Oddo is perhaps best known to jazz fans for his spell in the early 1980s as pianist, arranger and sometimes composer with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, appearing on...

Obituary: Clora Bryant

Raving Upon Thames

For some years there have been tales of the Richmond music scene and Eel Pie Island, in the Thames off Twickenham, but nobody has put together a comprehensive account...

JJ 05/90: Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie – Stratus

Opening with a drum solo, this vintage fusion set reminds us of an era when drum gymnastics were a mandatory part of the fusion repertoire. Later, Cobham returns to...

Up From The Streets – New Orleans: The City Of Music

“The street has the beat; and the beat embodies the rhythm; and the rhythm embodies the culture.” Jazz drummer Herlin Riley’s insight into the connection between music and New...

A Man Called Adam