JAZZ / Regeneration games: Phil Johnson on the Ornette Coleman Quartet at the RFH

This reunion of Coleman and Don Cherry, once free jazz's most potent twin strike force - the Keegan and Toshack of its day - was kinder to Coleman than to Cherry. Resplendent in a shiny purple suit, with a sly, laconic smile curling across his long upper lip in moments of repose, Coleman played full-bloodedly throughout, wailing that inimitable alto saxophone voice on lines of cartoon-like simplicity that suggested that he is still at the very height of his powers. By contrast, Cherry contented himself with choruses and a few wheedling solos on pocket trumpet, perched on his stool all the while like a truncated stick insect, and watching the rather showy efforts of young bassist Charnette Moffett with detached amusement. At the end, he padded off the stage in stockinged feet like a very old man, while only earlier this year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall he had danced and played the fool like a youngster.

City File: Stony for EMI

CRITICS of Thorn EMI's pounds 560m purchase of Virgin Music Group have found another strand to the argument that Sir Colin Southgate's group paid too much for the business.

Stony reaction

Doug Wimbish, the American musician tipped to replace Bill Wyman as bass guitarist in The Rolling Stones, denied that he was ready to take the job, and maintained that he would stay with his present group, Living Colour.

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OWING TO the departure of Bill Wyman, 55, to 'pursue other interests' (lock up your granddaughters) a vacancy has arisen for the post of bass guitarist with The Rolling Stones plc.

Wyman quits

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ROCK / Returning to bass: In the Sixties, Jack Bruce helped Cream to 30 million record sales. Now, the singer and bass player is back with his own band. Giles Smith met him

When Jack Bruce takes the stage at the Clapham Grand tonight, get a look at his bass guitar. Note the tuning pegs thoughtfully angled to suit his fingers. Note the body, sculpted for balance. Note the tiny pilot lights mounted in the neck, so he can find his way up and down it in the dark ('not that easy, after a few beers'). If you're a former member of Cream, you get your instruments tailor-made.

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