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Tim Ray: Excursions And Adventures

It's tempting to dream up jazz super-groups consisting of musicians who have won plaudits in other places. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has performed with Wayne Shorter and...

Roz Harding: are people listening, or seeing?

Reviewing a concert by Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra for the JJ website in April 2016 I singled out a young alto player from the hugely talented pan-generational...

Lester and Brubeck: I disagree

I disagree with Graham Colombé in his review of the Complete Aladdin Recordings of Lester Young about the "occasionally disappointing . . . session with Cole and...

Obituary: Bob Wilber

Obituary: Bill Smith

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 05/70: It Don’t Mean A Thing: Late Warne-ing

I suppose that characteristics like the voluptu­ous and beautiful qualities of Stan Getz's play­ing and the electrifying bustle of Coleman Hawkins shepherd the general listener easily into...

Syncopation

In the late 1940s the first wave of World War II novels began to appear. The positives were that the authors had actually served in the armed...