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Manny Albam: Classic Recordings 1957

Now a largely and unfairly neglected figure by the jazz fraternity, Manny Albam (1922-2001) was born at sea when his parents were en route from Lithuania to...

Brothers in jazz

The Mills Brothers formed their singing group in Piqua, Ohio around 1925, at first naming themselves Four Boys and a Kazoo. They were real-life brothers, Herbert, Harry,...

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...

Alt. takes 06/20

Shellac And Swing!

The subtitle of this book is "A social history of the gramophone in Britain". That may suggest a rather dry treatise but I’m glad to say I...

JJ 03/90: Courtney Pine – The Vision’s Tale

Courtney Pine has been mistakenly placed on a pedestal by the media. Keen to praise him as the new redeemer of British jazz, they forget that he...

Billy Cobham: Jazz Legends, Live At The Palais Des Festivals Hall, Cannes 1989

Despite the sighting of two mullets and a mix dominated by a synth sound you would associate with Spandau Ballet, this 45-minute show from 30 years ago...

Motherless Brooklyn