Tubby Hayes: Dancing in the Dark – review by John Fordham

  The Savage-Solveig label devotes itself to the archive of previously unreleased live material by the dazzling British sax star of the 50s and 60s, Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes. This session finds the bop virtuoso at Nottingham’s Dancing Slipper club (a favourite haunt of a jazz-loving teenager who would become Kenneth Clarke MP) on 12 […]

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Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio – BBC Sessions 1971 (CD)

We are told: This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band’s musical director. The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of its powers in a ‘Jazz Club’ session from February with a 20-performer line-up […]

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The Bill Evans Trio – The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (4LP Box Set)

Ranked time after time as one of the best live jazz recording sessions in history, and yielding two of Evans’ most classic albums (Waltz for Debby, Sunday at the Village Vanguard), The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 represents the pinnacle of spontaneous musical communication: three men breathing as one on a tiny bandstand. The performances […]

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SUN RA: Space Is The Place (Limited Colour Vinyl LP)

We are told: Available on vinyl for the first time ever is the soundtrack to the legendary Sun Ra film, Space Is The Place. Featuring some of Sun Ra’s most adventurous and uncompromising compositions ever, the soundtrack incorporates vocal chants, harsh synthesizer and organ blasts along with film dialogue, heavy percussion and just all around […]

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A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

We are told: ‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such […]

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CONCEPTUAL JAZZ: A revealing insight

Frank Caruso writes: I wrote an article some months ago about chromaticism in harmony. In that article I did a reharmonization of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” The focus of that reharmonization was to demonstrate that a I-V7-I progression may be converted into a progression using all twelve tonalities of the chromatic scale while leaving […]

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BILL EVANS: Portrait In Jazz (CD)

We are told: Portrait in Jazz was Bill Evans’ third album as a leader, following ‘New Jazz Conceptions’ (1956) and ‘Everybody Digs Bill Evans’ (1958). It was also Evans’ first album with the talented bassist Scott La Faro.Their superb chemistry is evident from the very first tune and Evans was surely aware of that. As […]

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KURT ELLING: Jazz singer; a portrait of the artist

It’s hard to read Heidegger, especially if you spent the night before sitting in with Chicago’s jazz musicians’ MORE ===//=== 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 […]

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Kool Jazz Festival NYC 1982 (CD)

  We are told: • Excellent performance live from the Kool Jazz Festival, New York • Includes the entire NPR Broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Jaco Pastorius, live at the Kool Jazz Festival, New York on 27th June 1982. Jaco Pastorius established himself as one of the greatest electric jazz bassists before […]

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BITCHES BREW: 40th Anniversary Edition – in depth review

The 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking fusion album Bitches Brew offers an opportunity to expand upon the context of its original unveiling. The impact of this recognition can’t even be mitigated by a collision of commerce and creativity that echoes some of the furor over the original 1970 release. MORE ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews […]

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TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME: Live In New York 1969 (CD)

We are told: • Excellent performance live from New York • Includes the entire FM Radio Broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Tony Williams Lifetime, featuring John McLaughlin live from New York, November 1969. Having fearlessly merged rock rhythms with jazz during a close association with Miles Davis, in 1969 the great Tony […]

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THEOLONUS MONK: In Philadelphia 1960 with Steve Lacy

Hrayr Attarian writes: The discovery of an obscure, previously unknown, recording from a master musician is often but not always a source of celebration. Unfortunately the new release by Rare Live Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk’s In Philadelphia 1960 with Steve Lacy is one of those occasions when it is not. MORE ===//=== Hi. I’m […]

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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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CHARLIE PARKER: What are the great recordings?

  Dip in and out HERE ===//=== 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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MOSE ALLISON: An interview with Mose Allison:

The opportunity presented itself in November to attend a performance by blues artist Mose Allison at a jazz club in the Detroit area. This was my first time seeing him perform live, although I had been familiar with his music since youth. I have just recently become reanimated by his music, which has always made […]

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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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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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