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      The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra: Monday Night & Central Park North

      This set from Beat Goes On combines two splendid sessions. On both, the band (with some small changes of personnel) shouts, roars and plays softly, seemingly without effort. Monday Night...
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      Bangers and Clankers /2

      Manchester had a myriad of trad bands, and the best of them, the Saints Jazz Band, was shoved into that category. They harboured a banjo. although it didn't seem...
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      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, he was...
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      Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker

      If an antidote to apathy consists of work and proselytizing, then bassist, composer, bandleader, activist and organiser William Parker embodies that antidote. Cisco Bradley has achieved much in simply...

      The Look Of Jazz

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      JJ 07/59: Ahmad Jamal – At The Pershing & Sounds Of Jazz

      Jamal is a much simpler, more straightforward pianist than I had expected. I had heard and read about him, but have not previously come to grips with his piano...
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      John McLaughlin/Paco De Lucia/Larry Coryell: Meeting Of The Spirits

      A guitar summit, held in the Royal Albert Hall in 1979, Meeting Of The Spirits brings together three musicians with a collective background in jazz, rock, fusion, Brazilian, classical...