Brian Blade – Fellowship – More Than Just a Word

John Kelman writes: In the 21st century, few drummers have managed Brian Blade’s kind of crossover success. Beyond playing in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet for nearly 15 years, beyond being a first-call drummer for producer/singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois—whether it’s for his own projects like Black Dub or working with everyone from Bob Dylan to EmmyLou Harris—and […]

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Miles Davis: ‘Coltrane was a very greedy man. Bird was, too. He was a big hog’ – a classic interview from the vaults

An NME encounter with the great trumpeter in 1985 MORE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 […]

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From the archives: Chuck Israels – Tribute to Bill Evans

Robin Arens writes: Isn’t it nice to meet someone who takes time for a good chat in these hectic times? Especially if this person has a lot to tell, carries the living memory of an important part of jazz history, and is called Chuck Israels? Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels is in expansive form for this interview […]

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If sell-out crowds, rave reviews, and Grammy nominations are any indication, Karrin Allyson is one of today’s top jazz vocalists

From the archives: Born in Kansas and raised in Nebraska, where she began her college studies as a classical piano major, she developed her craft in Minneapolis before moving to Kansas City. There, singing took precedence over piano playing and she recorded her first album, I Didn’t Know About You, in 1993. In 2000 Allyson […]

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Jiyoung Lee – Snobs, Addicts & Royalty

Ian Patterson writes:  Jiyoung Lee, pianist/keyboardist and leader of Korean jazz-funk sextet Jazz Snobs Funk Addicts probably has to pinch herself from time to time. Encouraged from a young age by her parents to pursue a life as a classical pianist, Lee instead opted for the greater expressive freedom—and the economic uncertainty— offered by jazz. […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup talks three-motor turntables

Rafe Arnott: I had the rare opportunity recently to catch up with Audio Note UK head honcho, globetrotter, music lover, and hi fi-industry legend Peter Qvortrup, who graciously agreed to be assailed with questions by me regarding what his company has up its sleeve for 2016. Qvortrup is a man I’ve offered to drink beer […]

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WYNTON MARSALIS: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got swing

Being with Wynton Marsalis is always an education. He’s happiest when he can enthuse about something, or learn something new from whoever he’s speaking to. Right now, sitting over lunch in a Japanese restaurant in New York, he’s off on the topic of jazz’s Anglo-Celtic roots. “Those folk songs and hymns the slaves learnt from […]

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Interview with jazz musician Adrian Cunningham

Interview with jazz musician Adrian Cunningham Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll […]

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Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put their […]

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Prince’s sound engineer, Susan Rogers: ‘He needed to be the alpha male to get things done’ By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

One of a tiny number of female recording engineers, Rogers was there at birth of some of pop’s classics, including When Doves Cry. She recalls the man she knew – and shares her theory about why he loved working with women https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/nov/09/princes-sound-engineer-susan-rogers-he-needed-to-be-the-alpha-male-to-get-things-done

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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #12) – Julian Prendergast Verreker

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: More? More! Well, I never met Julian Verreker. Because of my public loathing for the Linn ‘culture’ in the 1980’s; he and I would never have seen eye to eye. It wasn’t to be. However he was a self-taught designer. That’s gotta mean something, right? I took a […]

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Reconstructing Bach’s Magnificat, with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort

Bach’s initial Christmas Day Vespers as Thomaskantor was an overt display of music-making, with his Magnificat taking pride of place. For the Dunedin Consort’s new recording, John Butt has reconstructed the whole service as Bach might have celebrated it in 1723, writes David Vickers Continues HERE

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Kyle Eastwood, 38, is a jazz musician and the eldest son of actor Clint. So does he ever get tired of being asked about his dad?

  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2007/jan/25/jazz.questiontime Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll see if it fits.  […]

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How we made the pop song 19 by Paul Hardcastle and Ken Grunbaum

Interviews by Dave Simpson ‘Paul played me a rough version. When I heard that ‘N-n-n-nineteen’ hook I thought: What the heck? All my life I wanted to be a motorbike racer, until I had a bad crash and ended up in hospital for four months. While I was bedridden I listened to the radio all the time, […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup interviewed

Kari Nevalainen: Audio Note UK participated in the Helsinki HifiExpo 2011 with a system that comprised of AN-E/SEC Signature loudspeakers, ANJ UK’s Onkagu integrated, Level Five CD-transport and Fifth Element DAC, the AN-TT Two turntable with the new ARM Three and IoI MC cartridge, M9Phono pre-amplifier, and AN-SOGON cables. Many were truly impressed by the […]

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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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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #11) – John Curl, Mark Levinson (again), Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart (again)

Hmm. Okay So anyway, a little while later were ushered into the listening room and were confronted by man-sized monoliths we later came to know as The Apogee, from Apogee. And a pair of the previously mechanically buzzing power amps, powered up with the preamp at max without a source playing and mechanically silent. Seeing […]

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