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Gratkowski-Nabatov-Mahnig: Dance Hall Stories

Firstly it should be made clear there is no dance music of any description to be had on this free-improv release, the tenuous link to a dance hall being...
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Strings reattached

In jazz history there seldom appears to be any middle ground for the violin. Fans either love it or hate it. Almost from the start, the instrument has often...
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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...

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50 Women In The Blues

"This is a man's, man's, man's world" proclaimed the godfather of soul, James Brown, whilst rarely ever acknowledging that this renowned anthem was co-written by his former girlfriend, Betty...
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JJ 01/80: Warne Marsh – Warneout

Although his style changes little over the years, Marsh remains one of the most inventive communicators of the last four decades. His beautiful sound, faultless technique and logical yet...
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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

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