DAN CRAY TRIO: 10 Questions from Chicago Jazz Magazine

  Chicago area native Dan Cray is perhaps best known as leader of the Dan Cray Trio. In an era when jazz gigs are hard to come by and musicians gravitate toward whatever opportunities come their way, the trio was a part of the Chicago jazz scene for a remarkable 10 years. Cray has spent […]

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STEVEN WILSON: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

  All•About•Jazz write ….. The trajectory of Steven Wilson’s career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)—an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace […]

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THELONIUS MONK: Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins

This is part of the Prestige Records 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Edition series. These five tracks, recorded in the 1950s and reissued in 2006, feature Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins–two of the era’s most progressive musicians–on the stand together. The interplay between Monk’s skeletal, idiosyncratic, yet strangely logical playing and Rollins’s full, rich tone and […]

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WES MONTGOMERY: The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of… (CD Mini-LP Replica)

Wes Montgomery (1925-1968) was one of the most revered guitarists in jazz history. ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ marked his third album as a leader, following ‘Montgomeryland’ (1958) and ‘The Wes Montgomery Trio’ (1959).‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ was widely praised on release and received a five-star rating in Down Beat […]

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MO FOSTER: In conversation with our features editor. Part 2 of 3 (22/02/21)

Q: Hi Mo. Was there a single catalyst that drew you to the bass? Was there one particular lightbulb moment when you thought “Yes, that’s it, THAT’s what I want to play”? A: Different answers for different times. My school skiffle band — The Peasants — had too many guitarists and it was felt that […]

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DANNY THOMPSON: Bass player for the greats

Martin Chilton (The Telegraph) writes … Danny Thompson is celebrating his 75th birthday with a series of concerts with musical collaborators such as Richard Thompson and Donovan. Here the acoustic bass maestro talks about his varied career playing with folk and jazz greats and pop stars such as Kate Bush and Cliff Richard Continue HERE

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RY COODER: Vigilante Man (6CD Box)

We are told: Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring influences and six FM broadcasts from 1972, 1974, 1989 and 1995. Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & […]

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1986-1991 The Warner Years (5CD Box Set) by Miles Davis

In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia to Warner Bros. He immediately started working on an album called ‘Perfect Way’ after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed ‘Tutu’ by producer Tommy LiPuma. When ‘Tutu’ was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing over into the rock and […]

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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY: ‘Dis Here’ (4 CD)

“This 57 track set follows Cannonball’s story from 1955 through to 1959 where he is joined by the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Bill Evans and Milt Jackson. Also included is a 24 page book with the Cannonball Adderley story, discography and rare photos….”  DISC ONE / “SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – Spontaneous Combustion […]

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THE BILL EVANS TRIO: On A Monday Evening (Vinyl LP)

We are told: UNRELEASED 1976 BILL EVANS TRIO CONCERT on VINYL. On A Monday Evening features eight songs performed in the Madison Union Theater at the University of Wisconsinon Monday, November 15, 1976 and exists thanks to two college-age deejays that recorded and archived the concert. Larry Goldberg and James Farber had interviewed Bill Evans […]

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