Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’ Alexis Petridis

Originally published in 2015 After Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, his calm, philosophical acceptance of imminent death made him even more beloved and admired. And then the strangest thing happened: he didn’t die. So now what? Continues HERE

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JOHNNY WINTER: Muddy Waters & James Cotton – WBCN-FM Boston Music Hall 26-02-77 (2CD)

Raw Performance at The Boston Music Hall, 26th February 1977 on WBCN-FM Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners At a point in time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters had faced a decline in his career with illness and […]

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WHY NOT: Audiophile interview: Ms. Nathalie Fougues, senior designer at newly emergent French audio maker Why Not

Hello Nathalie. How did your interest in music reproduction start? My interest in music is natural; I am as thrilled by the music of nature as I am the sounds of people and their music. From birdsong and wind to industrial rhythms; all sounds interesting me. For a few years I studied music theory and […]

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In Conversation With Sonny Rollins

    A Sonny Rollins concert is an event in the world of jazz.Rolling Stone once said that, in the future, people will boast of having seen Rollins perform, much as the lucky few now boast of having seen the great bebop pioneer Charlie Parker. Rollins indelibly wrote himself into the pages of jazz history on June […]

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ABRAHAMSSON AUDIO: Are they still in business?

Abrahamsson Audio – are they still in business? We don’t think so. Here’s what we’ve been able to find so far: “Norwegian manufacturer of high end amplifiers based in Oslo and run by Ola Abrahamsson who some of you might remember from Internet amplifier DIY discussions in the 90’s. Started manufacturing amplifiers using a slightly […]

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Beats & Pieces Big Band make a splash at Ronnie Scott’s, review

Ivan Hewett, Chief Classical Music and Jazz Critic 3 January 2018 • 12:06pm Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s ★★★★☆ Few sounds are as instantly recognisable as a big band. And that’s its problem. Those choirs of trumpets and horns raised in ecstatic harmony carry one irresistibly back to a different, more glamorous age. It […]

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MADRIGAL: Phil Muzio, their CEO

First published in 2012 David Lander / Stereophile writes: Madrigal’s chief executive officer is known for working well into the night, but that’s been a goal of his since boyhood. For many years he dreamed of becoming a professional guitarist, and even dropped out of Yale to satisfy a ravenous musical appetite. “Enough of trying […]

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ZZ TOP: Dalís of the Delta

Michael Hann: They have put buffalo on hydraulic lifts, made crack-rap cover versions and taken part in Dada-inspired art projects. ZZ Top are the veteran absurdists of 12-bar blues. “We thought: ‘Let’s have a stage the shape of Texas.'” In dark glasses, 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and – of course – long beard, ZZ Top’s bassist Dusty Hill […]

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Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

We are told ….. ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – […]

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MADNESS: Suggs and Mike Barson – how we made One Step Beyond

Interview by Dave Simpson: Suggs, singer and songwriter I got sacked from Madness just before we recorded One Step Beyond, still our bestselling album. We used to rehearse on Saturdays, and the band started to get annoyed that I was away every other weekend. I was watching Chelsea! So one day, I was looking through Melody Maker and […]

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GALE: Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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