The Search for Roy DuNann

Thomas Conrad (Stereophile) writes ….. I don’t remember the year, but I remember the moment when I first became intensely curious about Roy DuNann. It must have been about 1975, right after I moved to Seattle. I bought a Sonny Rollins LP called Way Out West, took it home, cued it up on my Thorens […]

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DONNA LEWIS: Brand New Day – a Ben Scholz interview

Ben Scholz writes ….. Pop culture’s love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic […]

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PAT METHENY: Live In Chicago ’87 (CD)

  PAT METHENY GROUP VIC THEATER, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 29TH 1987   In 1986 Pat Metheny released Song X, an uncompromising free jazz collaboration with Ornette Coleman. Thereafter he signed with Geffen Records and recorded the considerably more accessible Still Life (Talking), which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. This superb set was […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: (4CD Book Set)

A 4CD, 34-track career retrospective set that examines the totality of Hancock’s work on the Columbia label, presented in a hardback book format case. CD1 and CD2 draw on the late 70s/early 80s work done with V.S.O.P, CD3 focuses more heavily on Hancock’s electric work and the final disc is represents the music of Hancock […]

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MILES DAVIS: Seven Steps to Heaven SACD

This is the classic Miles session when he was still being fairly tonal and straightforward. He picked up Herbie Hancock from Blue Note and Victor Feldman from Ava Records and unlike his Someday My Prince Will Come album of the same period, this one comes with an excellent essay in the note booklet by Leonard […]

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SOFT MACHINE: Burden Of Proof CD (FIRST 2000 as DIGIPAK)

THE BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM SOFT MACHINE LEGACY FEATURING JOHN ETHERIDGE, JOHN MARSHALL, THEO TRAVIS & ROY BABBINGTON FEATURES IN “PROG” & “JAZZWISE” This wonderful new studio album was recorded in Italy in the closing months of 2012 and features JOHN ETHERIDGE (Electric Guitar), THEO TRAVIS (Tenor Sax, Flute, Fender Rhodes), ROY BABBINGTON (Bass Guitar) and JOHN MARSHALL (Drums and […]

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BOB WILLOUGHBY: Body and Soul. Book review by Chris May

To the wider world, Bob Willoughby is the Los Angeles photographer who took a raft of iconic photographs of movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. During the earlier part of this period, as the first-call photographer for studios wishing to document the making of […]

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” … and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian.

“Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country-folk singer Tift Merritt have collaborated on a joint album called Night — and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian. Musical collaborations can sometimes be tired sparring sessions, but classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and folk-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have worked on an album, […]

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Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

We are told ….. ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – […]

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BILL DIXON: An In-depth Look into the Accomplishments, Philosophies, and Convictions of the Man

  This interview was originally published at One Final Note in October 2002. When one reflects on the innovators who were fundamental in propelling the second wave of the new music movement in the 1960s, Bill Dixon’s name always appears near the top of the list. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are vast, […]

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Miles Davis – The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years (8CD Box Set)

 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’ (a tribute to Desmond Tutu) was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing […]

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Georgie Fame – The Whole World’s Shaking (5CD+Book Box Set)

‘The Whole World’s Shaking’ The Complete Recordings 1963-66’ is a five-disc CD Box Set with expanded editions of the albums ‘Rhythm And Blues At The Flamingo’, ‘Fame At Last’, ‘Sweet Things’ and ‘Sound Venture’ – each featuring a multitude of extra tracks. The fifth disc entitled ‘Bend A Little’ Demos, Rarities, B-Sides And Outtakes’ is […]

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The Reel-to-Reel Deal. Why analog-obsessed audiophiles are returning to reel-to-reel

Audiophiles are notorious for embracing dated technologies, but their latest move might leave some wondering if they’ve lost their marbles. Incredibly, the audio world is seeing the resurgence of a product that declined decades ago and practically disappeared from the market around the early 2000s: the reel-to-reel tape deck. Forty years ago, a reel-to-reel deck […]

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Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

From our extensive jazz archives: David La Rosa writes: According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music. Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical […]

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MO FOSTER: ….. ‘back in February 2016, I put together a band of the finest players for a gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club’ …..

NB: The above is just one of Mo’s extensive instrument collection. It has no relevance to the post below; we just happened to like the image. Yes, it is ‘effectively an EB3 and an SG on one body’ says Mo. Anyway, moving on ….. Mo tells us ….. I had been a fan of Gil […]

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Old 70’s vinyl – any point?

Just spend an evening trawling through some of my old vinyl I rescued from the loft. A lot of 70’s stuff that I found absolutely incredible to listen to; crackles and all. All analogue from master tape through to my speakers…wonderful. I think my ears have been ‘detuned’ by digital over the last 30 years […]

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STEVE REICH: ‘Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead’

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music. “I grew up in the Forties with the hit parade, broadway shows and even Rhapsody in Blue. I took piano lessons like most middle-class kids but I never played or heard anything before Haydn or after Wagner. It wasn’t […]

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ART HOYLE: Interview

In his own words…Art Hoyle: “Art Hoyle received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He began playing in clubs and ballrooms at the age of fifteen in Gary, Indiana. After a four-year stint in bands in the U.S. Air Force, Hoyle joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1956. From 1957 to […]

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