David Murray: Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note, Volume 2 – review

David Murray was in Britain in October, and his appearance at Ronnie Scott’s highlighted both his Sonny Rollins-like power, tone and unpredictability and the casualness over group participation that can make him seem (like Rollins) a prodigiously gifted enigma who’s at his freest on his own. This seven-disc set in CAM Jazz’s Black Saint/Soul Note […]

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Shane MacGowan responds to Fairytale of New York controversy: ‘I’m absolutely fine with them bleeping the word’

Shane MacGowan has issued a statement that could end the ongoing debate around The Pogues’ Christmas song “Fairytale of New York”. Controversy has rumbled on for years over the song’s use of the word “faggot”, which is sung by the late Kirsty MacColl. Many consider the use of the word offensive given its modern use […]

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