JAZZ: Why does Jazz Loft sound so good?

  Can anyone enlighten me as to why this internet station sounds so exceptional? http://jazzloft.de/ I listen through my system via Squeezebox Touch. It doesn’t appear compressed to me, always warm, relaxed yet dynamic. I’ve purchased CDs of artists I’ve heard here, ripped them and played them back through the Touch via powered hard drive; […]

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THELONIOUS MONK: Brilliant Corners – John Fordham examines the brilliant corners …..

“When I was discovering jazz as a student, Thelonious Monk seemed to epitomise the artistic originality, indifference to rules and guileless eccentricity (he liked weird hats, and was given to shuffling dances onstage) that I loved about the music. Monk’s piano solos clanged with dissonance, bumped along in hopping runs or glowered with baleful silences, […]

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JAZZ: Only for aficionados?

I’m going to review records in my collection, and you’ll be able to decide if they’re worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider “must haves” for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that’s not on CD, nor will I review any record if […]

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QUINCY JONES: ‘I told Michael Jackson he was weird’

Interview by Paul Lester (The Guardian) Hi, Quincy. Good to talk to you, especially considering the time where you are (1.15am). You’re up late! I always am, fella. All my life. It’s the only time the muse lets you loose, you know? I used to write from midnight to 10 in the morning. You’ve got […]

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JAZZ: What would you include in your version of its history?

In a seven-part series, Guardian and Observer writers are trying to tell the history of modern music. Rounding everything off, today they pick out 50 key moments in the story of jazz – but what did they miss? Drug busts, razor-sharp tailoring and breathtaking musicianship: yes, it’s the turn of jazz, completing our seven-part history […]

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EXHIBITIONS: Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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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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BBC FOUR: Explores the archives for the sultry sounds and looks of ‘Jazz Divas Gold’!

Featured Jazz legends include Ella Fitzgerald, Marion Montgomery, Cleo Laine, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Betty Carter, Amy Winehouse, Eartha Kitt and many more who can be seen from 1965 to 2008 on BBC treasures such as Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, Show of the Week, Not […]

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SOFT MACHINE / LOST IMMORTALS: Early

 “…can’t stop listening to it. Utterly wonderful, experimental but still “pop” music. The Soft Machine and Volume Two, I got into a few years ago but just found Jet Propelled Photographs which are recordings that predate the first album. The early single Love Makes Sweet Music is a classic as well. Any other early Softs […]

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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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