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Alt. takes 06/20

Dave Stryker: Eight Track Christmas

Just in time for December just gone, guitarist Dave Stryker released Eight Track Christmas, an album of 10 covers of both popular and traditional festive songs. Stryker...

John Scofield: between the gutter and the stars

The tall figure of John Scofield and the posh Amsterdam hotel room are like fire and water. Dressed in jeans and a woodchopper shirt and sporting a...

Looking for Ted Curson

I enjoyed making the acquaintance of the new online version of JJ and reading about Brian Morton's encounter with trumpeter Ted Curson in Finland in his excellent Alt....

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 09/59: Benny Green – Is Jazz an Art-form?

For every word of good sense that has been written about jazz there are half a dozen pages of flapdoodle, rich, imbecilic stuff that can become most...

Modern Jazz Quartet: Live

The glut of plastic that is choking the oceans of the world is entirely due to the surfeit of CDs and DVDs by the Dave Brubeck Quartet...