LOUIS ARMSTRONG: His genius lives on

Louis Armstrong’s biographer John Chilton enjoys a new 10-CD boxset that showcases a musical master. Louis Armstrong’s reputation as the greatest of all jazz musicians will be consolidated by the issue of a ten-CD box set covering much of his recording career. The 165 racks range from his first recorded solo (Chimes Blues in 1923) […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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DUKE ELLINGTON: Money Jungle (CD)

We are told: There are a number of reasons why ‘Money Jungle’ is considered a unique jazz recording. First of all, the album stands out for its superb musical quality. It also marks a very rare trio session in the otherwise prolific discography of Duke Ellington. The album is best known, however, for being Duke’s […]

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MILES DAVIS: 1986-1991 The Warner Years (5CD Box Set)

In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia to Warner Bros. He immediately started working on an album called ‘Perfect Way’ after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed ‘Tutu’ by producer Tommy LiPuma. When ‘Tutu’ was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing over into the rock and […]

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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY: ‘Dis Here’ (4 CD)

“This 57 track set follows Cannonball’s story from 1955 through to 1959 where he is joined by the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Bill Evans and Milt Jackson. Also included is a 24 page book with the Cannonball Adderley story, discography and rare photos….”  DISC ONE / “SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – Spontaneous Combustion […]

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Is it true that Miles Davis liked what Jimi Hendrix was doing and that Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis planned/discussed to record/play together?

ALEX JOHNSTON … Yes. Miles was supposedly introduced to Hendrix’s music by his then-wife, Betty, née Mabry, who was a figure on the counter-cultural scene at the time: a model, a singer, a DJ and a general scenemaker. Betty and Miles’ marriage didn’t last very long. Sources disagree as to why it ended: one version […]

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What albums were virtually ignored when first released but eventually became big sellers and are considered among the greatest of all time?

DIMITRI KEN: From a fringe musician to a superstar of Hip Hop: Let me tell you about this French guy, I mean, this genius: guy, I mean, this genius: This is Alain Mion, a Jazz Funk pianist. Back in the 70s, he formed a group named Cortex, and they released 3 albums between 1975 and […]

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Why did Stanley Crouch call Miles Davis “the most brilliant sellout in the history of jazz”?

ALEX JOHNSTON … Stanley Crouch loathed most post-WW2 popular music, but he regarded jazz as a sort of classical music which was expressive of the dignity of African-Americans. But he thought that it did so only as long as it sounded a certain way, i.e. like bop or post-bop jazz played on acoustic instruments. So […]

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STEVEN WILSON: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

  All•About•Jazz write ….. The trajectory of Steven Wilson’s career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)—an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace […]

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THE BILL EVANS TRIO: On A Monday Evening (Vinyl LP)

We are told: UNRELEASED 1976 BILL EVANS TRIO CONCERT on VINYL. On A Monday Evening features eight songs performed in the Madison Union Theater at the University of Wisconsinon Monday, November 15, 1976 and exists thanks to two college-age deejays that recorded and archived the concert. Larry Goldberg and James Farber had interviewed Bill Evans […]

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RY COODER: Vigilante Man (6CD Box)

We are told: Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring influences and six FM broadcasts from 1972, 1974, 1989 and 1995. Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & […]

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COUNT BASIE: Through his own eyes

Documentary, told in Count Basie’s own words, which reveals for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.  Until now, little was known about Basie’s private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre has found a treasure trove of home movies and photo albums that show Basie’s remarkable […]

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MILES DAVIS: Birth Of the cool

Miles Davis – horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.  The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It […]

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JOHN COLTRANE: Düsseldorf. March 28th 1960 (Limited 140g Vinyl LP)

This 1960s set recorded live in Dusseldorf capture the evolution of John Coltrane’s journey from sideman to bandleader. Coltrane was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when Miles Davis was unable play that day. It’s basically a performance of the Miles Davis Quintet without Davis. The lineup includes Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, […]

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JAZZ : Greg Adams In Conversation

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 a little bit […]

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