Frank opinions on jazz

The BBC jazz axe


Sean Noonan, Alex Ward: Noonward

Alex Ward emerged out of the Derek Bailey circle as a free improviser of pleasingly other-worldly aspect, and it was something of a...

Art Van Damme: Ecstasy

Louis Armstrong: nobody’s fool

John White's instructive tour through Philip Larkin's writing on Louis Armstrong got me thinking. I can well understand Larkin's ire when, in James Lincoln Collier's biography of...

The BBC jazz axe

I was dismayed to read that the powers-that-be at BBC Radio 3 are planning to axe Soweto Kinch's Jazz Now and Geoffrey Smith's Jazz from September this...

Lovely Guarnieri

Alt. takes 02/20

Desire In Chromatic Harmony

Kenneth Smith has a brilliant new approach to understanding chromatic music. To grasp it, an academic background in music but also in philosophy...

JJ 04/80: London news and views – Stinky Winkles

In JJ April 1980 Matthew Bateson introduced one of the most original British products of jazz-rock: 'A five piece ensemble, their music is more eclectic than that of most fusion groups; for although jazz and rock are primary elements, they also draw from funk and free improvisation, along with concepts taken from 20th century ‘straight’ music.'

Count Basie: Live

The “Atomic” Basie band made frequent tours of the UK, Europe and Scandinavia in the 1960s and this one captures it at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi,...


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