RED HOT CHILLI PEPERS: Live (3CD)

We are told: THREE SUPERB FM BROADCASTS FROM JAPAN 1990, USA 1991 & EUROPE 1995 The most formidable of contemporary rock groups, the Red Hot Chili Peppers don’t just defy categorisation, they appear to invent their own with every new release – and often do likewise within the confines of a live performance. Indeed, the […]

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MUSIC NEWS: Kit Downes / Petter Eidh / James Maddren – Vermillion

THOM JUREK writes … Vermillion is the third ECM leader date by classically trained British pianist and organist Kit Downes. He began his tenure with the label on 2018’s Obsidian, a collection of mostly solo pieces recorded in churches on pipe organs. His follow-up, 2019’s Dreamlife of Debris, showcased him playing piano and organ in […]

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DEXTER GORDON: Our Man In Paris (Numbered 140g Clear Vinyl LP)

We are told …. This 1963 date is titled for Dexter Gordon’s living in self-imposed Parisian exile and recording there with two other expatriates and a French native. Along with Gordon, pianist Bud Powell and Kenny “Klook” Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. […]

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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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KOMEDA: The giant of Polish jazz

MARTYNA KIELEK / Senior Music Editor It is not possible to talk about Polish jazz (which I intend to make one of my regular topics here, among other types of jazz and occasionally blues music) without bringing up the composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda. His enormous talent (displayed during a time in communist-governed Poland when […]

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Presto and six labels launch fundraising campaign for Ukraine

Presto Classical, in collaboration with six leading labels, has launched an initiative to raise funds for those suffering as result of the invasion of Ukraine. The specialist retailer has put together a selection of music by Ukrainian composers and artists, and the entire proceeds from sales of those albums will go directly to helping humanitarian […]

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BBC PROMS: 2022

Visiting ensembles to include the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, while anniversary themes include the BBC’s centenary This year’s BBC Proms has been announced, promising a summer season not unlike those of the pre-pandemic period. Orchestras from abroad – usually a feature of the Proms – will be back now that travel restrictions have eased, with Kirill […]

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