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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NOW HEAR THIS: Duke Ellington / Money Jungle

Get all the details HERE More like this HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 […]

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NOW HEAR THIS: Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

Get all the details HERE More like this HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 […]

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NOW HEAR THIS: Duke Ellington / Money Jungle

OK Get all the details HERE More like this HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 […]

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NOW HEAR THIS: Duke Ellington

Details HERE More like this HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll […]

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DEBATE: Old 70’s vinyl

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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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 very […]

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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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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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JOHN McLAUGHLIN: Where Fortune Smiles Re-mastered Edition (CD)

We are told: NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1970 ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY JOHN McLAUGHLIN, JOHN SURMAN, KARL BERGER, STU MARTIN & DAVE HOLLAND REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL DAWN RECORDS MASTER TAPES FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES BY SID SMITH REVIEWS IN “UNCUT”, “MOJO”, “RECORD COLLECTOR”, “CLASSIC ROCK” & “PROG” MAGAZINES Esoteric Recordings […]

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Verve – the Sound of America by Richard Havers, review

Mick Brown discovers how Verve records helped to bring jazz stars such as Ella Fitzgerald to a white audience http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/10433312/Verve-the-Sound-of-America-by-Richard-Havers-review.html Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at […]

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Django Reinhardt: Essential Original Albums – Django Reinhardt (3CD)

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was not only the first truly influential European jazz player, he was also one of the best jazz guitarists of all time. • This release presents his last studio sessions, including the complete original LP The Immortal Guitar (Reprise Records R-6075), which consisted of recordings from a series of 1947 small […]

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Wayne Shorter: one of the greatest saxophonists in history

Originally published November 2013 Ivan Hewett writes: Two great saxophone colossi have bestridden the London Jazz Festival (now the EFG London Jazz Festival) in recent years. One is Sonny Rollins, who despite health problems made a triumphant appearance at the 2012 festival, in his 83rd year. The other is Wayne Shorter, who turns 80 this […]

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Bob Stanley’s 10 best music histories

Bob Stanley writes: One of the reasons I wanted to write Yeah Yeah Yeah is because it didn’t already exist. There wasn’t a book that followed pop music’s development from the start of the 1950s, when the introduction of vinyl records, the “hit parade”, the weekly music press and the Dansette – the first portable […]

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JAZZ: How to appreciate it

  “Do you listen to that oh-so-beloved jazz music and never quite understand why people adore it? Do you have one of those “Well, its okay” feelings? With a little love in your heart, you can listen to that rap-tapping beat in jazz.” MORE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / […]

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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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MARC MYERS: Why Jazz Happened. Book review by Ian Patterson

Jazz’s timeline and the iconic figures of each of its successive stylistic movements are well known to aficionados. Less well understood, however, are the underlying conditions that created these changes. Advances in recording technologies, social trends, radio, the incursion of pop and rock, and socio-political factors all played major roles in shaping the evolution of […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

  Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a […]

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William Parker: Wood Flute Songs: Anthology Live 2006-12 – review

Originally published November 2013 John Fordham writes ….. William Parker, the former Cecil Taylor sideman, exhibits a fearlessness, double-bass virtuosity and tough lyricism that perhaps makes him the closest bassist/composer equivalent to the late Charles Mingus. With this eight-disc limited edition (also a six-part download), AUM Fidelity documents Parker’s midlife work with his core quartet and […]

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