Maridalen: Maridalen

John Coltrane: Giant Steps


Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Live In Bremen

Gary Bartz, born 1940, is one of the great alto saxophonists of the post-bop era. His 1968 album Another Earth, featuring featured Pharoah Sanders and Charles Tolliver, had synthesised spiritual and space...

Chet Baker: Sings


Clifford Brown, trumpet titan /1

When Dizzy Gillespie heard that Clifford Brown had been killed in a 1956 car accident his shocked reaction became an emotional epitaph: “Jazz was dealt a lethal blow by...

The peace of Pipedream


Still Clinging To The Wreckage 04/20

Thanks to its anchoring by Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio Three’s Jazz Record Requests has a permanency in the jazz calendar bestowed on it by Alyn’s balanced gravitas and stable...

Obituary: Freddie Redd

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 06/61: Oscar Peterson – The Jazz Soul Of Oscar Peterson

I was shocked by Peterson's interminable and dangerously boring perform­ance at a recent London concert, where all the worst aspects of his steam-roller technique seemed to come to the...

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The film is not a biopic of Ma Rainey – if such a thing were ever possible. There could be few musicians as complicated as her