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Charlie Parker: The Immortal Charlie Parker

It comes at you so forcefully with that thick, slightly muddy tone, full of fury and despair, that, if you're at all susceptible, you just have to...

Ray Obiedo: Carousel

Jessica Radcliffe talks about Remembrance

Tell us about your family, musical, educational background - birthdate, place. Is music in the family? How did you come to sing? Do play other instruments? Did...

Count me in 05/19

A book of 1,506 pages must tell a gripping tale or list useful information; otherwise, it's a doorstop. I found such a book, The Penguin Guide To...

Obituary: Henry Grimes

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 06/70: Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner

Herbie Hancock's excellent series of Blue Note albums continues with The Prisoner, where he has chosen to write for a nine- or eleven-piece group. His writing is...

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

This is a live studio performance by a group of mainly veteran Chicago bluesmen led by Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and fronted by Willie Dixon, who sings...