Lee Morgan: The Rumproller

Rumproller, here in a new vinyl reissue, was the follow-up to Lee Morgan’s 1963 hit album The Sidewinder. Sidewinder actually reached number 35 in Billboard’s Top 100 and Blue...

Mary Lou Williams: high in the charts

A highly talented pianist and composer, Mary Lou Williams was also one of the very best arrangers of her generation. Yet when arrangers are written about or thought of,...

Navigating the new

After countless years of collecting my JJ from the paper shop, I was very sorry to see it’s demise as a physical publication, and become a magazine for the...

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 08/70: John McLaughlin – Extrapolation

It's significant that John McLaughlin has spent so much time with Miles Davis since this album was recorded, since it reflects the trumpeter's influence in many ways, not only...

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 and the...

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom