Alt. takes 06/20

Beverly Kelly: Sings / Dolores Hawkins: Dolores

Here’s another two-LP collection of music in Fresh Sound’s fine Best Voices Time Forgot series. The first 12 tracks are from Beverly Kelly’s 1957 album made for a company...

Chris Spedding: living life backwards /1

There are few musicians who appear at home in almost every genre, but Chris Spedding is one of those rare exceptions. As a go-to guitarist and all-purpose session man,...

Jazz in review: 2020

Peter Green: a jazz appreciation

He was a blues player and he wasn’t a jazz player - especially in the more strictly defined terms of the 1960s, when the jazz-guitar hegemony was Charlie Christian,...

Obituary: Mike Longo

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 05/79: Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkelborg & John Christensen / Neil Ardley Group at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Whilst having a deep admiration for Neil Ardley's obvious talents, I have to admit to a sense of disappointment in regard to his latest 'concept', Harmony of the Spheres....

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The film is not a biopic of Ma Rainey – if such a thing were ever possible. There could be few musicians as complicated as her

Syncopation