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      Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale

      The saintly Bill Milkowski suggests in a liner note that the aim here was to create something like a Terje Rypdal/Keith Jarrett duo album, and it’s easy to see...
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      Clifford Brown, trumpet titan /1

      When Dizzy Gillespie heard that Clifford Brown had been killed in a 1956 car accident his shocked reaction became an emotional epitaph: “Jazz was dealt a lethal blow by the death of Clifford Brown … there can be no replacement for his artistry.” At the age of 25 he had become not only one of the finest of all post-war jazz trumpeters but also the co-leader with Max Roach of a quintet that was hugely influential on the emerging hard bop school. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware on 30 October 1930 into a very close family of eight children who were all encouraged musically by their father. He kept a selection of instruments around the house and when Clifford was about 12 he asked to play the trumpet, apparently taking to it “like a fish to water.” Full story

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      Still Clinging To The Wreckage 09/20

      It is said that to copy from one person is plagiarism. To copy from two is research. I have consulted Dan Morgenstern and Jim Burns, two of the few writers...

      Obituary: Mike Longo

      Obituary: Carol Fredette

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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 12/89: Brian Priestley – Love You Gladly

      It's good that this fine band has at last made an album. Apart from an appearance on Sounds Of Jazz and far too few gigs, it isn't nearly as...
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      Norah Jones: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

      Jones’s Come Away With Me album was a great example of highly effective music marketing, using what might seem like the most unlikely of techniques - selling an album...

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