Jimmy Somerville interview: ‘I wanted people to love me’

Laura Martin writes: If Jimmy Somerville had one of the most powerful pop voices of the 1980s, then his words carried even more of an impact. As frontman of synth-pop bands Bronski Beat and the Communards, Somerville’s soprano tones were unmistakable. But almost more than his musical talent, it was his political zeal that made […]

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CANDY DULFER: In Conversation

When I heard Candy Dulfer’s new CD ‘Crazy’ I was absolutely flabbergasted.  This is not a ‘sit down and listen to’ CD.  It’s a ‘get up and move’ CD.  From the first track ‘Stop All That Noise’ to the cool jazz ending of ‘Too Close’, Ms. Dulfer took me on a wonderful high energy adventure. […]

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KAYLA TAYLOR: In conversation

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kayla Taylor is a southern gal who, when it comes to torch songs and jazz standards, can sing with the best and surpass them.  Her new CD ‘You’d Be Surprised’ is the follow up to her 2005 release ‘A Night at Pacific & Vine’ and features a sophisticated array of classic […]

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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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Dave Davies: ‘I was just a crazy kid with a guitar, a cheap amp and a razor blade’

Like many other epiphanies, Dave Davies’ occurred on the road. He was relaxing in his suite at the Sheraton Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, in 1982, when five mystical “intelligences” began to communicate with him through smell. “Each separate intelligence had its own aroma,” he recalls. “One was similar to jasmine, but very deep.”  The intelligences explained […]

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Pavarotti versus Corelli: who’s really king of the high Cs in Il Trovatore? Judge for yourself

From the archives Tim Wong writes: I grew up listening to a recording of Verdi’s Il Trovatore my father bought. It’s the Franco Corelli version with Thomas Schippers conducting. I was instantly captivated by his heroic style and especially how he threw himself into the aria Di quella pira. In an extremely silly plot, it’s […]

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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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GUNS N’ ROSES: Duff McKagan – The man who went from Guns N’ Roses to accountancy

“You can ask Duff about sex, substance abuse, Axl Rose and his near-death experience after his pancreas burst. But he can’t talk about his fund-management company right now.” If that sounds an unusual instruction before an audience with one of rock’s foremost hell-raisers, then Duff McKagan, bassist with Guns N’ Roses when the band carved […]

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Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career. It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric sopranos: notable names in this […]

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GINGER BAKER: He has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem”

  “Ginger Baker has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem” Baker and Bruce take us through their two-year whirlwind, from forming the ‘supergroup’, to creating enduring classics such as “White Room” and “Sunshine Of Your Love” and touring the US, all while seemingly loathing each other from the start. Asked whether […]

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How we made: Ivan Fischer and Tom Randle on ENO’s The Magic Flute

Interviews by Imogen Tilden. “When English National Opera asked me to conduct Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1988, I said I’d do it with [director] Nick Hytner but nobody else. I’d been involved in many productions of the opera before, and I told Nick and designer Bob Crowley at our first meeting that I always wished […]

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