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Lica Cecato and Paolo Baltaro Orchestra: Call Porter

This is a completely bonkers (and really quite short) new album (subtitle "A Time Warp Into Cole Porter’s Music") which made me smile, unlike a number of recent jazz...

Mike Clark, the Oakland Groove behind Herbie, Chet and Charlie Brown /1

For those hip to post-bop, fusion or 70s jazz-funk, drummer Mike Clark needs no introduction. His grooves can be heard on some of the most important records of the...

Brubeck’s quartet wasn’t “classic” until 1959

I am indebted to Marshall Zucker’s letter re my review of the Dave Brubeck album Bossa Nova USA (JJ 1218). He is right to point out that I was...

Seeking Le Jazz Hot

Nice day for Al Grey

The Rhythm Changes Guide

This is a very useful new guide to playing rhythm changes in jazz by Lukas Gabric, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition and a member of the...

JJ 04/79: The Making Of Jazz – A Comprehensive History, by James Lincoln Collier

As the jazz library grows a need arises for secondary works like this, which offer little that is original yet conscientiously summarise what has gone before. Collier is honest...

Motherless Brooklyn

Actor Edward Norton secured the rights to Jonathan Lethern’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn on publication in 1999. Exactly 20 years later he brings it to the screen in the...