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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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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