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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Wednesday 19 December 2012
Some things in life, you put off and put off. The source of the procrastination may be tedium (all those red utility bills yellowing on the doormat), or fear about a medical problem such as tinnitus, which is probably no more than a whooshy noise in the ear, but might prove a symptom of a benign tumour (acoustic neuroma) if you took it to the doctor.
Thursday 06 December 2012
Tuesday 04 December 2012
To say that Fate seemingly conspired to make Ian Campbell appear famous only by association would do him a disservice. Both Simon and Garfunkel and the Dubliners covered his nuclear protest song "The Sun Is Shining'. He appeared on four BBC Radio Ballads – a breakthrough in radio drama deploying music, spoken word and actuality recordings. The Ian Campbell Folk Group became arguably the leading band on the British folk scene of the 1960s – only the Spinners rivalled them – and definitely the first UK-based folk group with a mainland European following.
Thursday 29 November 2012
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Monday 12 November 2012
Sunday 11 November 2012
Three sisters, close harmony, a songwriting blend of Sandy Denny and the US West Coast (Joni, CSN&Y etc)… What's not to like?
Thursday 08 November 2012
A nasal spray has been developed that could mean an end to daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes.
Tuesday 06 November 2012
Friday 02 November 2012
Don't go over the top with this season's latest shiny trend. Subtly is king when is comes to metallics, says Trish Lorenz
A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival in Auschwitz, By Caroline Moorehead
Mrs Bridge, By Evan S Connell
The Man Who Wanted to be Happy, By Laurent Gounelle
A Force to be Reckoned With: A History of the Women’s Institute, By Jane Robinson
The Year After, By Martin Davies
Sunday 28 October 2012
Paperback reviews of the week
Mike Harding - the voice of folk music on Radio 2 for 15 years - sacked by the station in a single phone call
Wednesday 17 October 2012
The musician, who will be replaced as presenter by Mark Radcliffe, claimed no reason was given for the sacking
Monday 15 October 2012
Embattled Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell returned to the Commons front line for the first time since his foul-mouthed row with Downing Street police and was soon reminded of his troubles by Labour MPs.
Thursday 11 October 2012
Tuesday 09 October 2012
David Brooks, still just about the most influential conservative commentator in America, likes to be contrary. Today he wades into the debate over Medicare, saying that far from the being the worst thing about the Romney-Ryan manifesto, it's actually the best thing. "Basically", writes Brooks, "there are two ways to reduce Medicare inflation, through the political system or through a market system. Obamacare tries the former", he says, before suggesting it simply won't work.
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
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British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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