ART PEPPER: The Complete Art Pepper at Ronnie Scott’s 1980′ (7xLP box set including 16 page booklet)

The Complete Art Pepper at Ronnie Scott’s 1980′  (7xLP box set including 16 page booklet) (Including seventeen performances previously unavailable along with all the tracks on the two Mole Jazz albums Blues For The Fisherman and True Blues) “Art Pepper was booked to appear at Ronnie Scott’s during the last two weeks of June 1980  […]

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MILES DAVIS: Jazz Sur le Vif, Theatre St. Denis Montreal, Canada- 11th July 1982 (CD)

We are told ….. High quality recording broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a fascinating and breathtaking gig. Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards Bill Evans – tenor and soprano saxophones, piano, flute Marcus Miller – electric bass Mike Stern – guitar Al Foster – drums Mino Cinelu – percussion Tracks: DJ Introduction Back Seat […]

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Jazz: How can you best appreciate it?

“Jazz is notorious for being a difficult musical genre to appreciate. Many people believe they’re supposed to like it and that knowing about jazz impresses others. Despite this, most people still find it difficult to follow. Jazz experts say the key to appreciating jazz is to focus on how different musicians play off one another’s […]

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MO FOSTER: In conversation with our features editor. Part 2 of 3 (22/02/21)

Q: Hi Mo. Was there a single catalyst that drew you to the bass? Was there one particular lightbulb moment when you thought “Yes, that’s it, THAT’s what I want to play”? A: Different answers for different times. My school skiffle band — The Peasants — had too many guitarists and it was felt that […]

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SUCCESS: The liquid in my case produce a slight fizzing sensation which was in no way uncomfortable

Michael Vronsky writes: Who’s leg? Hmm. Even as I write this I sense a few of you out there might feel I’m pulling your leg re this. I assure you – I’m not.This first tuning tip is without doubt the most cost-effective I have ever encountered. I used a few drops (exactly as directed) of […]

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SOFT MACHINE; Live In 1970 (Limited edition/1000 deluxe 4CD set digi-pack)

A limited edition(1000 only), deluxe four CD set in digi-pack format, re-mastered with extensive liner notes. These live recordings feature the band in a transitional stage from the darlings of the London Underground scene of the late sixties to the jazz rock outfit they became. The line up is MIKE RATLEDGE, ROBERT WYATT, HUGH HOPPER, […]

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JAN GARBAREK: Sart

Jan Garbarek.  Just bought 2 of his CDs off eBay for not much money. The first, ‘Sart’ is to my ears very odd indeed. A bit too way out for my taste. So after 6 repeat plays (I try to give everything a fair chance) it’s going back on eBay when I can get around […]

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JAZZ: Léon, the professional… of French jazz

MARTYNA KIELEK / Senior Music Editor After this tongue-in-cheek title, I would like to invite you to discover an extremely promising young French jazz saxophone player, Léon Phal. He claims to be influenced both by John Coltrane and by the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti, and there is certainly no dearth of variety in his music. […]

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DAVE BRUBECK: Time Was (4CD)

Selection of work by one of the only household names in jazz. Covers his work from the late 40s through to the mid-50s when Brubeck was one of the most visible musicians in jazz Dave Brubeck has long served as proof that creative jazz and popular success can go together. Although critics who had championed […]

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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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JAZZ: Frustrations with the music/Harmony

Hello, I’ve had several piano teachers who’ve taught me how to interpret classical music, learned the scales, a few arpeggios, a few things about chords… and I’m pretty advanced technically. However, I feel like I don’t even know a thing. Can’t improvise, can’t analyze, or understand hardly anything about music or what’s necessary to learn. […]

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MILES DAVIS: Seven Steps to Heaven SACD

This is the classic Miles session when he was still being fairly tonal and straightforward. He picked up Herbie Hancock from Blue Note and Victor Feldman from Ava Records and unlike his Someday My Prince Will Come album of the same period, this one comes with an excellent essay in the note booklet by Leonard […]

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STAN GETZ: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (8CD Mini-LP Style Sleeve + Booklet) Box Set

The most complete package to date of Stan Getz’s Columbia albums 8 great albums! covering the period 1972-1979, most produced by Stan himself Each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. Booklet with full discographical info., photos, and liner notes It was not long after tenor saxophonist […]

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Two Classic Albums from Jazz’s Elder Statesmen, and a Zappa High-Res Remaster

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels – Tone Poem 83-year-old saxophonist Charles Lloyd has actually had several careers as a musician. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he grew up surrounded by blues, jazz, and gospel musicians, but left Memphis in 1956 to study classical music in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California with noted […]

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PS AUDIO: Streaming Audio and Other Rants

Written by Jay Jay French First off, I hope many of you are listening to my new Podcast called The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music (available on Spotify, Apple Music and Podcastone.com) Great topics, great guests, and my new book, Twisted Business: Lessons From my Life in Rock n Roll is coming out […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: Live In Chicago 1977 (CD) by Herbie Hancock featuring Jaco Pastorius

    Herbie Hancock featuring Jaco Pastorius, live at Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago, February 16th 1977. By 1977 Herbie Hancock was firmly established as America’s leading purveyor of jazz-funk. This superb performance finds him playing with Weather Report’s legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, as well as Bennie Maupin (tenor sax / bass clarinet) and James Levi (drums). […]

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