It seems banal to say of an artist that he was a nice person with a great sense of humour. But every comment about Jim Hall, following his death at 83, has emphasised his personal qualities. The veteran bassist Bill Crow described Hall as "A dear friend, a great musician, and one of the best laughers I've ever known. Early in the days of knowing him, he laughed so hard at something [Bob] Brookmeyer and I were saying that he dislocated his left shoulder." Not the best outcome for a guitarist.
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Wednesday 12 May 2010
A soldier recently home from a tour of Afghanistan was in a critical condition today after an unprovoked attack in the street, police said.
Thursday 08 April 2010
Four people have died in three separate kayaking accidents since Tuesday.
Tuesday 06 April 2010
A man was facing trial today accused of killing his ex-wife who was stabbed to death as she prepared to host her divorce party.
Wyn Morris: Conductor whose gifts were undermined by his relations with musicians and administrators
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Wyn Morris was one of the finest conductors that Britain has produced, an interpreter whose readings of the late-Romantic repertoire in particular drew excited reviews from the critics. But Morris's character was that of a Shakespearean hero, his immense gifts undermined by personal weakness – an insecurity which time and again poisoned his relations with other musicians and with the administrators whose approval he never realised he required. His ornery instincts, exacerbated by alcoholism, could make his behaviour unreliable to the point of self-destructiveness.
Friday 19 March 2010
A paedophile was able to rape a five-year-old girl he was babysitting because agencies failed to tell her mother he was a convicted sex offender.
Tuesday 16 March 2010
Labour MP Ashok Kumar, who was found dead in his home, died from natural causes, police said today.
Monday 15 March 2010
Tributes were paid to the Labour MP Ashok Kumar today after he was found dead at his constituency home. Anxious staff raised the alarm after being unable to contact Dr Kumar, 53, who was only the fifth Asian to be elected to Parliament since the Second World War.
Saturday 06 February 2010
Friday 01 January 2010
Few conductors have invigorated repertoires with the verve that Pierre Boulez has brought to his interpretations of Stravinsky, compiled here across six CDs.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
Authorities are investigating whether a suspected serial killer whose home and yard harboured the remains of at least 11 people is connected to any killings in places he lived while in the military, including Japan, California and the Carolinas.
Friday 06 November 2009
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
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PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
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