David Rees Williams Trio

  Tony Andrews writes: When you fuse two genres of music, the outcome can be heaven – but equally it can become hell and an awful mess. The French Pianist Jacques Loussier was one of the pioneers of fusion when he introduced his jazz interpretations of Bach back in the 1960’s. You have to be […]

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DENSEN / DYNAUDIO: Morten Nielsen interview

Originally posted here in 2007: Meeting the ’Head Honcho’ of Densen, Thomas Sillesen, and Marketing Manager Morten Nielsen for the first time, I was struck by how modest and pleasant they were. There was no hype, no ’our products are the best in the world, and everything else is ‘crap’’ attitude. Whenever I subsequently met […]

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Channa Vithana / Heroes and Villains

A Villain? Unlike some people today, I do not roll my eyes skywards at the mention of any genuine religion or vent any personal failure at the practitioners and worshipers in our society who demonstrate true faith. On the contrary, I find that the rare-breed of individual, who inspires through example, by giving themselves wholly […]

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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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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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SHAYNEE RAINBOLT: Discovered

  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 … One of the pleasures I still manage in my senior years is […]

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Tessa Souter – a serious talent

First published in 2017 Jazz editor Tony Andrews writes: The London Jazz Festival is nearly upon us once again and the vast range of concerts available is quite mind-blowing. With a Jazz Festival of this size and importance there will obviously be overlapping concerts which is going to cause many a headache. I gave up […]

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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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