SHIRLEY SMART: Long Story Short

Tony Andrews, our Jazz Editor writes: When I reviewed The Concert by Shirley Smart and Robert Mitchell at City University back in 2018 I hope my enthusiasm came through as intended because they not only stunned me but everyone within my group of friends who also attended. Within the review I mentioned the forthcoming new […]

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BBC Open Ear @ LSO St Luke’s

Tony Andrews (Jazz and contemporary music editor) writes …. I am not sure if I have mentioned it before but apart from attending as many Jazz Concerts as possible I am regularly found at BBC Radio Recordings. One BBC Recording I never miss is Open Ear – the Flagship for Contemporary Music on Radio 3. […]

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LINDA HOYLE: We interview her – part #1 of 2

Howard Popeck writes …. Hello Linda and Mo and thank you both for agreeing to this interview. I’m going to dive right in here re your approach to recording technology, formats, domestic music reproduction and more. Our jazz columnist Tony Andrews in part #2 will be focusing more on the music, your influences and more. […]

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PAUL HIGGS: Pavane – ‘….. he has to be in the top 5 Pianists anywhere …..’

Out resident jazz expert Tony Andrews writes ….. The primary incentive for me to write these reviews for this magnificent website is to help redress the balance between those who achieve shear musical genius and the musical mediocrity currently hyped up by the craving for “Celebrity Status” We seem to be obsessed by being a […]

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CHRISTINE COLLISTER: Love (CD)

Our good friend Tony Andrews, a dedicated music lover, a deeply knowledgeable but completely unpretentious authority on certain types of Jazz, both live and recorded and an all-round decent bloke wrote this. Tony, we all thank you for this. Being as I am a devotee of real music one issue seems to get to me […]

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Ask Mr. H: MERIDIAN: Their 101/105 pre power combination?

I read your comments about vintage Meridian equipment, very interesting. I have a 101 preamp and twin 105 power amps, and I’m amazed at how they still sound after 25 years. Such wallop – as close to live as I’ve come across. I recently heard Musical Fidelity’s much-praised A5 pre/power combination – very smooth and […]

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