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The Golden Age Of Steam: Tomato Brain

Here's a set in which some names from the contemporary jazz scene (or whatever husk remains of it in these pandemic days) make some music that falls well outside...

Give me that good old progressive jazz

Culturally, there was a lot going on in America after World War II. In classical music, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky had moved to the USA and were wielding...

Alt. takes 02/19

You know that thing when your desk gets so cluttered that if you slide something more onto the front something falls off the back with a clunk. I sometimes...

Obituary: Ginger Baker

Obituary: Lyle Mays

The Rhythm Changes Guide

This is a very useful new guide to playing rhythm changes in jazz by Lukas Gabric, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition and a member of the...

JJ 01/71: Sun Ra at Seymour Hall, London

Featured attraction of a concert at Seymour Hall in November was the band led by musician, philosopher and poet Sun Ra. An article on the man and his music...

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

For jazz enthusiasts of my vintage and persuasion, Blue Note was the modern jazz label. (Partisans of Prestige, Atlantic, Esquire, Riverside et al may disagree.) In recent decades, with...