Eric Clapton – The Lost Boy: guest writer Channa Vithana expresses a view; more than one in fact!

I’m not a great fan of Eric Clapton’s music anymore. When I was younger, in my early teens, I thought some of his stuff was pretty cool, especially the experimental Cream, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and the Derek & The Dominoes Sessions box set, with Duane Allman on guitar. Clapton’s other solo works, […]

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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Channa Vithana: “It took me 23 years to completely reclaim Abba from the garish, transvestite cabarets and failed, drunken-dancing, karaoke women”

  Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ […]

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Wes Montgomery: ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar’ and ‘A Dynamic New Sound’

    Jazz editor Tony Andrews writes ….. As a true Jazz Fan will know, only too well, there are many outstanding Jazz Guitarists from The US and to pick a favourite is virtually impossible …. if you are attempting the approach based exclusively on musical skill. If you choose to decide on either personal […]

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Sinead O’Connor. Channa Vithana takes a view, and supplies evidence.

Sinéad O’Connor is an outstanding singer as she has a vocal range that is beyond most other mainstream female pop singers. I first knew of her when she was doing a series of TV interviews and features for ‘The Lion And The Cobra’ (1987). Here was a stunningly beautiful woman, even sporting a shaved head, […]

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Channa Vithana / “Regardless of genre, what really turns me on ……….

Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ sucked […]

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DAVID REES WILLIAMS: ” ….. taking Jazz/Classical fusion to a new level”

  Welcome to Tony’s (Jazz) Treasure trove; a regular series of posts on a subject he knows well. He’s on a mission to shine a light on superb performers who are often unknown and shouldn’t be! Self-confessed jazz fanatic Tony Andrews writes … “I read your newsletter and I agree with the Play Bach. I […]

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TESSA SOUTER: Picture in Black and White. The CD Taster Concert

  Our Jazz & contemporary music editor Tony Andrews writes: As anyone who knows me will confirm, I have an obsession with the music of female jazz singers. My biggest problem these days is finding any originality among the newcomers who keep popping up – and that’s even with many established favourites. When a singer […]

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LINDA HOYLE: We interview her – part #2 of 2

Tony Andrews is the interviewer Q: How, When and Where did you realise you had an amazing Voice and the talent to use it to great effect. A: I honestly don’t think of myself that way. When I was in my early teens, people who knew me would ask me to sing, rather than try […]

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LINDA HOYLE: ‘The Fetch’ double vinyl LP compared to the CD issue

  Howard Popeck talks to Tony Andrews – one of our contributing editors about the audible differences between the CD issue already reviewed on the site and the newly released double LP issue(s) Neil, I and many readers really didn’t know about Linda before you wrote your review and so, thank you. Now what? Anyone […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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PAUL HIGGS: Pavane – ‘….. he has to be in the top 5 Pianists anywhere …..’

Out resident jazz expert Tony Andrews writes ….. The primary incentive for me to write these reviews for this magnificent website is to help redress the balance between those who achieve shear musical genius and the musical mediocrity currently hyped up by the craving for “Celebrity Status” We seem to be obsessed by being a […]

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