The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
"Middlemarch" actress left "drenched in blood" after being bitten three times
Friday 30 August 2013
For a figure that has railed against the pleasantries of polite jazz, James Taylor looks suspiciously comfy in this all-seated venue where punters are still polishing off their meals as the Hammond organ king's foursome ease into the night's first tight jazz-soul groove. By the end of the first set, though, many of them have been dragged on their feet for a spirited take on Teddy Pendergrass's 'Love TKO'.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
The singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki, who died on 23 May at the age of 79, described himself as a "wandering Jew" and a "Greek shepherd" in his signature song "Le Métèque", French slang for a mongrel, writes Pierre Perrone. Moustaki's nonchalant delivery and the diverse nature of the 300-plus chansons he composed for Edith Piaf, Juliette Gréco, Dalida and Françoise Hardy mirrored the easy-going, multicultural lifestyle of his native Alexandria, where his Corfiot parents ran a bookshop.
Thursday 07 February 2013
Supernatural drama Being Human is being axed by the BBC after it finishes its current run.
Sunday 19 August 2012
They're putting what in the middle of Trafalgar Square?
Friday 30 March 2012
There's plenty to enjoy about this first release in ages from the De La Soul camp, concerning the rise and fall of a wannabe rap duo from Queens.
Friday 21 October 2011
This George Harrison-produced oddity from 1974 benefits hugely from a mesmerising turn from John Hurt as the delusional, furious and ultimately pathetic Malcolm Scrawdyke (think of a more acidic Citizen Smith), an expelled art student hellbent on humiliating his nemesis, teacher Mr Allard.
Dylan Jones: 'A Tribe Called Quest appeared unembarrassed about having a sense of humour - unusual for gangster rap'
Saturday 23 July 2011
As the foundation of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" glides across the stereo, we hear Q-Tip and Phife Dawg shuffle into the picture, gibbering away as though they were in The Goon Show. And suddenly – as if from nowhere – "Can I Kick It?" is in full view. A Tribe Called Quest's jazz-rap fusions can still play all night, moving from hotel lobby to shebeen to the iPad with ease, and you can dip in and out of their tunes without any great shock to the system. With laidback loops involving Cannonball Adderley, Roy Ayers, the Average White Band and the Rotary Connection, ATCQ invented a new kind of hip-hop, a decade after the first kind.
Thursday 21 April 2011
Jay Kay, the big-hatted funkstar and multi-million record selling lead singer of Jamiroquai, may have released his lowest-selling album to date in Rock Dust Light Star, but his trusted formula of rock, funk and touch of acid-jazz still packs out the 02 Arena, London's biggest venue, with ease.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Foreign Secretary William Hague has come in for a lot of stick for yet another hat-related fashion faux-pas.
Friday 30 April 2010
The video for MIA's new song "Born Free" is certainly intended to shock. The ultra-violent clip by the French director Romain Gavras portrays what could be called a ginger genocide, wherein police round up a bunch of red-haired teenagers and then set about killing them – if you can bear watching to the end it gets very grizzly. See it at miauk.com. Given her penchant for political statements it can possibly be seen as a comment on the situation of the Tamil people in her family's Sri Lankan homeland, or on racial profiling. I've got red hair (for my sins) so I'm not sure how I should feel about this video, but it doesn't strike me as the most nuanced of affairs. The track itself, which sees MIA layer her rapping/talking/ singing trick over fuzzy-electro punk, is decent enough, but perhaps piggybacks a little too much on top of a sample of Suicide's "Ghost Rider".
Friday 23 April 2010
By the late 1980s, hip-hop acts and producers such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Marley Marl and A Tribe Called Quest had made the connection between jazz and rap. But the American MC Guru went further and helped fuse the two, first with Gang Starr, and most notably with his Jazzmatazz project.
Sunday 21 March 2010
To celebrate Acid Jazz's 21st birthday, a collection of 16 singles from the 21st century - from the selfconsciously hip to the wholesomely soulful to the sadly lost, Smoove to Pleasure Beach to Grand Union to Steve Marriott & the Moments; all of it fundamentally mod in outlook, not to say Welleresque. (Yep, he'shere too.) Music speaking to a world that takes Duffy at face value but wants to get into the backstory too. Plus the odddecent joke: "The revolution will be televised…Betamax will be available for the old skool."
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