Obituary: Geoff Castle

Rich Perry: Other Matters

Ahmad Jamal: Ballades

Paul Simon: Into the Blue Light

Repeatedly, it’s been proven that when an artist of high repute re-enters the studio to record fresh takes of their old songs they run the risk of detuning and...

Louis Armstrong: ‘more important than Picasso’

From his initial and life-enhancing discovery of jazz, poet Philip Larkin’s love of Louis Armstrong (1901-71) was expressed in broadcasts, correspondence, record and book reviews. As the first of...

Obituary: Randy Weston

For once, the term “towering reputation” has a literal basis. Randy Weston stood six feet five, but was as lithe in movement as he was at the keyboard. One...

Obituary: Geoff Castle

Outside And Inside: Race And Identity In White Jazz Autobiography

In 2004, Reva Marin was a finalist for the Fleck Award for the best book in the category Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her entry was Oscar: The Life And Music...

JJ 11/89: Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Dig?

Bill Bruford will be remembered for his sterling mid-seventies jazz-rock band with Allan Holdsworth, Kenny Wheeler, Annette Peacock and others. But not con­tent with past glories, he has in...

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 forces, allowed...

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