Vanessa Perica Orchestra: Love Is A Temporary Madness

Australian composer and bandleader Perica explores all the different textures available in an orchestral setting on this album. It’s a surprising mix of frenetic, interwoven, pulsing themes and quieter...

Mark Segger: Lift Off

Louis Armstrong: nobody’s fool

John White's instructive tour through Philip Larkin's writing on Louis Armstrong got me thinking. I can well understand Larkin's ire when, in James Lincoln Collier's biography of Armstrong, he...

Obituary: Alun Morgan

Despite what some people unaccountably see as my hostile nature, I have had many, many good friends during my life. Perhaps I never had one that was better or...

Alt. takes 02/19

Outside And Inside: Race And Identity In White Jazz Autobiography

In 2004, Reva Marin was a finalist for the Fleck Award for the best book in the category Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her entry was Oscar: The Life And Music...

JJ 09/79: Bracknell festival 1979 reviewed

This was not one of the strongest Bracknell Festivals. There was plenty of overseas interest but, at the end of the day, much of the success was due to...

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool – the film

Fans of Miles Davis may remember some grainy old footage of the trumpeter shadowboxing in a gym sometime during the mid-1960s. It’s a clip that in previous docs has...

Small-screen swing