The Critics - Records: Jazz
Sunday 02 May 1999
The Critics - Records: Jazz
Ginger Baker and the DJQ20: Coward of the County (Atlantic)
Cream's drummer now resides in Denver, where he plays polo and appears with this group, whose bouncy jazz recalls Art Blakey's Messengers, only with a steel guitar in the line-up The opening track, "Cyril Davies", is one of the best new tunes of the year
Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Not Two, Not One (ECM)
Summit meeting of three master improvisers, with a series of solo and collective compositions handled with the kind of unforced artistry that only comes from long experience at the cutting edge of contemporary jazz Some of the improvisations are fairly abstract, but a number of up-tempo themes are so brilliantly played that it's well worth the effort involved to listen and inwardly digest
tv Jenny Lee may have left, but Miranda Hart and the rest of the midwives deliver the goods
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
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The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
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British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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