Blues in Britain: Interview – Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

  From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to start playing music? Annie – […]

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JOE LOVANO: A Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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Donny McCaslin: Interview with Donny McCaslin: Lightness and Gravity

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin seems like a young player, given his energy and inventiveness. But he has been playing jazz for three decades. As a child, he was part of his father’s jazz ensemble and a member of his high school jazz band. He led his own bands after moving to New York from his native […]

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Howard Popeck get interviewed by Neil McCauley. Part 2 of 3

Music. What about that? I love the music of J S Bach and that of The Who – and much else besides. Equipment? I think vintage Meridian equipment cannot be over praised and that their modern stuff is technically brilliant but musically soulless for me. It’s just an opinion. I guess I’m as likely to […]

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RAY MANZAEREK: On Acid, Ghosts and Jim Morrison’s Death – by Stephen Daultrey

  The late Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’ fame speaks to Stephen Daultrey along side his band member Robbie Krieger on paranormal life in England and ‘this supernatural world’. Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing two of my musical heroes – Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors – […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses the 2019 integrated LE(VI)

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? 20 years of evolution of the LE range of integrated amplifiers has resulted in the new LE(VI) which takes over from the LE(V). A complete revamp of the input stage in the power section where the following: carbon composite, carbon film resistors and […]

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Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style

Originally published November 2014 It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley reveals how it all began Continues […]

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Daniel Rosenboom – Fire Keeper

Fiona Orde-Shrimpton: To say Daniel Rosenboom is no ordinary jazz trumpeter, is no exaggeration. His father, David Rosenboom is currently Dean, Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music at the California Institute of the Arts (and has been at CalArts since 1990), and having a first trumpet teacher in the form of Wadada Leo Smith, where […]

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Dave Davies: ‘I was just a crazy kid with a guitar, a cheap amp and a razor blade’

Like many other epiphanies, Dave Davies’ occurred on the road. He was relaxing in his suite at the Sheraton Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, in 1982, when five mystical “intelligences” began to communicate with him through smell. “Each separate intelligence had its own aroma,” he recalls. “One was similar to jasmine, but very deep.”  The intelligences explained […]

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GEOFF EMERICK: Interview

In 1962, at the tender age of 15, Geoff Emerick found himself in the studio with what soon and very meteorically would become the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll band. The musically inclined youth was hired at EMI Studios in London. “Two days after I started, The Beatles were recording ‘Love Me Do,’ ” […]

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VINYL: Last Shop Standing: the rise, fall and rebirth of the independent record shop: an interview with Graham Jones:

I recently watched a fantastic documentary, ‘Last Shop Standing: the rise, fall and rebirth of the independent record shop’ and found it very inspiring.  Here is the trailer: It’s fantastic.  Get a copy.  It made me wonder whether the recent revival of independent record shops have a few things to teach us more generally about […]

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