JACK BRUCE: I’ve Always Wanted To Do This (CD) by Jack Bruce & Friends

    Classic JACK BRUCE album from 1980, the result of a unique collaboration between Bruce andmusicians BILLY COBHAM, CLEM CLEMPSON and DAVID SANCIOUS. A wonderful album of diversity, it saw JACK truly on form with such wonderful songs as ‘Hit And Run’, ‘Livin’ Without Ja’, ‘Dancing on Air’ and ‘Bird Alone’, all written with […]

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Marshall Gilkes: Relishing Big Band Success

R. J. Deluke writes: Marshall Gilkes is a trombonist of monster chops and great taste whenever he puts the brass to his lips in any performance. He’s seen sitting in the trombone section of the Maria Schneider Orchestra in recent years, and has associations with other big bands, either subbing in, or as a member […]

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VAN MORRISON: Moondance (Deluxe Edition 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Box)

We are told: Warner Bros. Records celebrate Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album in 1-CD, 2-CD and 4-CD/1-BD configurations.  The latter expanded versions comprehensively explore the album’s sessions via outtakes, alternate takes and previously unheard mixes. Following one 1967 album for Bert Berns’ Bang Records, Van Morrison made his debut at the famous Burbank label in […]

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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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MILES DAVIS: The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years (8CD 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’ (a tribute to Desmond Tutu) was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON A LOST IMMORTAL: Live From San Francisco (CD)

Reissue of Ferguson’s acclaimed live performance form 1983. Features original cover art. Contains new liner notes from noted Ferguson aficionado Eric Palmquist. BY 1983, MAYNARD FERGUSON HAD CONQUERED JAZZ, TELEVISION, THE POP CHARTS AND EVEN PLAYED THE CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE 1976 OLYMPICS. His Storm release from that year brought him back to the faithful, […]

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PAT METHENY: Unity Band – review by John Fordham

“Pat Metheny’s Unity Band is a wave to his fine album 80/81, which featured the late Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman on saxes. Their roles are merged here on a batch of new Metheny pieces by the versatile Chris Potter, accompanied by regular drummer Antonio Sanchez and gifted bass newcomer Ben Williams.  The themes are typical Metheny: sensuous Latin […]

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JOE LOVANO / A LOST IMMORTAL: A Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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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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KAYLA TAYLOR: In conversation

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kayla Taylor is a southern gal who, when it comes to torch songs and jazz standards, can sing with the best and surpass them.  Her new CD ‘You’d Be Surprised’ is the follow up to her 2005 release ‘A Night at Pacific & Vine’ and features a sophisticated array of classic […]

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TREVOR RABIN: All Colors Considered

  It wouldn’t be the norm, that’s for sure, but 23 years between solo albums is just one unusual facet of guitarist/composer Trevor Rabin’s career to date. Whether taking a stance against apartheid in the early ’70s in his native South Africa or turning down the opportunity to play in super group Asia for artistic […]

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Hugh Masekela: Rockin’ Chair live session – Womad 2012 video

In the archives we found the following: Hugh Masekela kicks off the first of our exclusive live music sessions from the 2012 Womad music festival with a performance of Louis Armstrong’s Rockin’ Chair. Masekela met Armstrong while studying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in the early 60s, after leaving South Africa […]

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