Laurent Nicoud: Outline

Judging by the opening track, Voice For Ages, pianist Laurent Nicoud’s expressive rubato playing might be misconstrued as diffident. But this is simply...

Steve Fishwick: ‘I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old’

Marshian Time Slip (reviewed in JJ by Derek Ansell) is much inspired by Warne Marsh. What fascinates about Marsh? Marsh, along with Lennie Tristano...

Shri: beyond the groove

Ginger’s jazz days

I was sorry to learn that Ginger Baker had died. He was in my band, The Storyville Jazzmen (later led by Bob Wallis) back in 1956-7. We...

Count me in 08/19

Bazzer the jazzer

Desire In Chromatic Harmony

Kenneth Smith has a brilliant new approach to understanding chromatic music. To grasp it, an academic background in music but also in philosophy...

JJ 03/70: All What Jazz: A Record Diary, 1961-68

This is a collection of pieces which Philip Larkin wrote for the Daily Telegraph over a period of years. His introduction contains an account of his addiction...

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

For jazz enthusiasts of my vintage and persuasion, Blue Note was the modern jazz label. (Partisans of Prestige, Atlantic, Esquire, Riverside et al may disagree.) In recent...

Syncopation