Art Pepper– Neon Art: Volume Two (CD)

Jazz Saxophone legend Art Pepper’s Neon Art LP series coming to CD for first time on Omnivore Recordings. In 2012, Omnivore Recordings issued a series of unreleased music from jazz legend Art Pepper on colored vinyl. Now Omnivore, in conjunction with Laurie Pepper and Widow’s Taste Music, proudly offer these landmark recordings on CD and digital. Neon […]

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After The Fall (2CD) by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

We are told ….. In the course of its 30-year lifespan the trio of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack De Johnette – the group colloquially known as “the Standards trio”- made many outstanding recordings.   And After The Fall, overflowing with sparkling playing and dynamic interaction, must rank with the very best of them. […]

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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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RICKIE LEE JONES: The interview

  Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor of The Telegraph writes ….. Asked what made her wish to record a whole album of cover songs, Rickie Lee Jones quips: “Money”. Joking aside, her selection of the 10 songs to interpret on her fine new album The Devil You Know is innovative and interesting. Tracks by the […]

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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 Jazz Fiction Anthology – Review by Florence Wetzel

            This fine anthology of jazz fiction is a treasure trove of stories and characters that illuminate the multicolored world of jazz. The editors—Sascha Feinstein and David Rife—are to be commended for their impeccable judgment in selecting the short stories and two novellas that comprise the collection. In the introduction, […]

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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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Quincy Jones: ‘I told Michael Jackson he was weird’

Interview by Paul Lester (The Guardian) Hi, Quincy. Good to talk to you, especially considering the time where you are (1.15am). You’re up late! I always am, fella. All my life. It’s the only time the muse lets you loose, you know? I used to write from midnight to 10 in the morning. You’ve got […]

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JAZZ: Don Glanden – remembering Clifford Brown

Victor L. Schermer writes:  Benny Golson’s timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford” is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the peak […]

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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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Earl Hines – Piano Genius at Work (7CD + DVD Box Set)

Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a Piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the Piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with […]

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CARLA BLEY: The Further Adventures of the Lone Arranger

Wes Phillips (Stereophile magazine) ….. Even though she calls her new band, 4×4, a “small” group, it’s a big band—almost too big for the stage of the Knitting Factory on the night of October 11, 2000, as it makes its first American appearance. Bley’s piano is so far to stage left, she has to lean […]

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The Art Of Becoming A Jazz Musician: An Interview With Toshiko Akiyoshi:

Since 1956, when she first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Toshiko Akiyoshi has been a significant force in the jazz world, both as pianist and composer. She was the first woman to win DownBeat magazine’s Best Arranger/Composer poll category. The New York Times called her “perhaps the most physically articulate conductor since Duke Ellington.” […]

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FOYLES JAZZ DEPT: A goldmine of bargains; a pleasure to visit

Contributing editor Tony Andrews writes ….. “For jazz lovers who marginalise streaming and downloads, this place is somewhere between a shrine and a temple” When Howard Popeck asked me if I would write a series of articles about Hidden Treasures in Music or possibly related subjects I thought he was very brave as I’m very […]

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World-renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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