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Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell: Songs Along The Way

I’ve long been an admirer of Crispell but confess I have heard little of MacDonald apart from some work with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, which he co-founded....

Blood, Sweat And Fred

More people should know about Fred Lipsius. He’s an excellent alto saxophonist, as well as playing tenor sax and piano and arranging and composing. Of course, he...

Obituary: Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz was one of the very few alto players of his generation not to be overwhelmed by the genius of Charlie Parker. Totally free of cliché,...

Obituary: Geoff Castle

Jazz Transatlantic Vol II: Jazz Derivatives And Developments In Twentieth-Century Africa

Gerhard Kubik's magisterial, groundbreaking study comprises two simultaneously published volumes, the product of nearly 60 years' fieldwork by this doyen of ethnomusicology. Volume...

JJ 12/69: Don Rendell/Ian Carr – Change Is

By all accounts this is the last LP in the Rendell/Carr partnership which has produced much good music and several durable al­bums. Change Is constitutes a fond...

Syncopation

In the late 1940s the first wave of World War II novels began to appear. The positives were that the authors had actually served in the armed...

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