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Layale Chaker & Sarafande: Inner Rhyme

A veritable Silk Road of musical traditions is evoked, explored and given a refreshing contemporary twist in Inner Rhyme, the debut recording from classical Lebanese violinist Layali...

Swingle Singers: Magnificent Seven

Born into a musical family in Mobile, Alabama, in 1927, Ward Lamar Swingle (his real name) graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1951. He and fellow student...

Blood, Sweat And Fred

Still Clinging to the Wreckage 06/19

Although he was white Red Rodney was menaced in the south when he was on tour with Charlie Parker’s quintet. Before the trip Billy Shaw, Parker’s agent...

Obituary: Harold Mabern

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 09/80: McCoy Tyner – Passion Dance

This was recorded, like so many LPs these days, at a festival, and all the themes are by Coltrane or Tyner himself. As...

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool – the film

Fans of Miles Davis may remember some grainy old footage of the trumpeter shadowboxing in a gym sometime during the mid-1960s. It’s a clip that in previous...