JAZZ: Greg Adams In Conversation

Denis Poole writes: Much of the early buzz surrounding the release of ‘East Bay Soul 2.0’ was about how a sensational campaign to raise the $25,000 necessary to record the album hit its target.  However, now it’s all about the music.  Make no mistake; this is a collection of the highest order and everything (plus […]

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JAZZ: Why does Jazz Loft sound so good?

  Can anyone enlighten me as to why this internet station sounds so exceptional? http://jazzloft.de/ I listen through my system via Squeezebox Touch. It doesn’t appear compressed to me, always warm, relaxed yet dynamic. I’ve purchased CDs of artists I’ve heard here, ripped them and played them back through the Touch via powered hard drive; […]

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FREDDY VIGDOR: In conversation

Saxophonist and horn arranger Freddy Vigdor has been a member of the Average White Band for the last decade.  He has performed with the band around the globe at festivals, clubs, on television and radio programs while, as a prolific composer, his work has been recorded by the likes of Grover Washington, Jr., Bob Baldwin, […]

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What Is Early Jazz? Michael Verity explains

Born in New Orleans New Orleans in the first two decades of the 20th century was a musical melting pot of musical styles. African music was still prominent, as drumming and dancing were some of the few freedoms allowed slaves before emancipation. Ragtime was popular, and its up-tempo and syncopated rhythms had a profound influence […]

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NINA SIMONE: In the spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

What Happened, Miss Simone?, documentary about the jazz singer, opens the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Please click HERE to continue 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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Playing right now

  Funny how one’s misconceptions can occasionally be confounded rather than the more usual way of having them confirmed. I pretty much thought I didn’t like jazz – despite the fine efforts of my friend of many years standing; Graham Mitchell. GM has a vast collection of Jazz CDs. Very few appealed to me. And […]

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Havana and beyond

Fans of Cuban jazz may think first of pianist, composer and producer Chucho Valdés, who presides over the Havana Jazz Festival and the steady flow of North American jazz artists to the island. Those who’ve traveled to woodshed, network and sometimes record in Cuba include Jane Bunnett, George Benson, Terence Blanchard, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, […]

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Verve Records: 20 classic album covers

Great images; why not take a look 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 […]

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Miles Davis – Tutu (Deluxe Edition) (180g Vinyl 2LP)

  In May and June 1985, Miles Davis signed recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros Records and Warner Chappell, shocking the music world by leaving Columbia.  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 […]

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RAVI COLTRANE: Spirit Fiction – review (Blue Note)

A career on the saxophone with one of the most freethinking saxophonists in music history for a father has to be a tough call. Now 46, Ravi Coltrane, son of John, has often chosen to be a sympathetic sideman rather than the boss. But his Blue Note Records debut as a leader feels like a […]

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The death of Charlie Parker – and his New York afterlife

From the archives Sixty years ago today, the jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker suffered a vastly premature death. But he lives on in New York, says Chris Leadbeater Please click HERE to view Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want […]

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Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Vinyl LP Record

This is part of the Prestige Records 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Edition series. These five tracks, recorded in the 1950s and reissued in 2006, feature Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins–two of the era’s most progressive musicians–on the stand together. The interplay between Monk’s skeletal, idiosyncratic, yet strangely logical playing and Rollins’s full, rich tone and […]

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JAZZ: A Crash Course in Jazz Appreciation

Brett & Kate McKay write: Jazz. It’s the music that many men say they like, but don’t actually know anything about. Which is a shame for a whole host of reasons. For starters, jazz has had a major influence on most popular music genres in the 20th century — rock, hip-hop, Latin…the list goes on […]

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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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JAZZ: Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

From the archives Michael Henderson writes: The BBC threw a party last week at New Broadcasting House, and invited 300 guests to enjoy the kind of spectacle the BBC likes best: patting itself on the back. Tony Hall, its director-general, led the proceedings, and he didn’t lack support from the underlings, who spoke of how […]

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DUKE ELLINGTON: Money Jungle (CD)

We are told: There are a number of reasons why ‘Money Jungle’ is considered a unique jazz recording. First of all, the album stands out for its superb musical quality. It also marks a very rare trio session in the otherwise prolific discography of Duke Ellington. The album is best known, however, for being Duke’s […]

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Mike’s pick of the new releases: John Coltrane

Details 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 see if it fits.  […]

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