The pianist, composer Cedar Walton has been known to jazz audiences for over five decades, and is likely to be remembered as an exemplar for fellow musicians, rather than a populist hero. But his association with the group of Art Blakey, and a briefer one with John Coltrane, gave him the necessary background for a successful career as a bandleader in his own right.
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Sunday 07 February 2010
Tributes were paid today to British jazz legend Sir John Dankworth after he died aged 82.
Tuesday 01 September 2009
Zooey Deschanel has been melting hearts now for almost a decade, since her supporting role in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, her second film after debuting in quirky comedy Mumford with Hope Davis and Jason Lee in 1999.
Jaci Stephen: ‘As they scoop me off the floor, I see Victoria’s perfect form in the distance’
Wednesday 05 August 2009
Wednesday 17 June 2009
The singer and songwriter, Huey Long, who has died at the age of 105, had a long and impressive musical history, but he will best be remembered for his time as a singer and guitarist with the most influential of all black vocal groups, the Ink Spots.
Ron Richards: Record producer who worked with the Beatles, the Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Ella Fitzgerald
Thursday 11 June 2009
A modest man who did not push himself forward, Ron Richards was, nevertheless, one of the UK's top record producers. He produced such familiar records as "Love Me Do" (the Beatles) "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Gerry and the Pacemakers) and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (the Hollies), and when he sometimes saw others take the credit for what he'd done, he would simply say: "I know what happened."
Saturday 16 May 2009
Friday 08 May 2009
So simple on first hearing, so dependent on glitch-free phrasing, timing and delivery, bossa nova can scupper the nimblest songwriters and the tightest bands. For a masterclass in how to do it that the shades of Tom Jobim and Stan Getz might applaud, listen to "I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again" on the jazz singer Stacey Kent's most recent recording, Breakfast on the Morning Tram. Not only do the laid-back vocals and subtly shifting melody (by her saxophonist, arranger – and husband – Jim Tomlinson) craft a shot-silk mood of delicious regret, but the lyrics fix that gently-stirred cocktail blend of wistful longing, sweet-sour nostalgia and a hint of silliness that many standards share: "I want to be awakened by a faulty fire alarm/ In an overpriced hotel devoid of charm/ Then fall asleep back in your arms... I wish I could go travelling again". This guy, who wrote the lyrics for four songs on this album, really knows how words and music ought to match, in harmony but not in unison. The credit? "K Ishiguro".
Friday 20 March 2009
Vocals - Paul Buchanan
He sings with a Scottish band called The Blue Nile; when I saw them it was probably the most emotional show I've ever been to. My all-time favourite is Ella Fitzgerald, but I've thought about how this band is going to sound together, so Ella's out.
Saturday 27 December 2008
On paper, 24-year-old VV Brown certainly has the makings of a star – beauty, a big voice and, crucially, the backing of a major record label. Add to that her penchant for retro-soul and success on a huge scale seems a foregone conclusion.
Friday 05 December 2008
1. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
A surprising choice for the top spot. But the enigmatic tale has been reworked 131 times, by Joan Baez and Aretha Franklin among others.
Tuesday 11 November 2008
'Retire? I will sing till the day I die" declared Miriam Makeba in her 2004 biography Makeba. True to her word, the most famous African woman of her generation – popularly known as "Mama Africa" – had just taken part in a concert in Italy in support of the writer Roberto Saviano on Sunday when she was taken ill.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Summer Sundae is an unfailingly hip festival that requires few stars to draw a crowd. Supergrass and The Coral pass for big pop here, likewise new reggae name Natty. Roisin Murphy dwarfs her thumping electro-rock with a head-banging sweater girl persona. Reverend and the Makers' Jon McClure is similarly hands-on in making his crude take on the Happy Mondays connect.
Sunday 20 July 2008
Occupation: Soul singer
Personal Style: Urban diva
Sunday 25 May 2008
Looks like Angela Davis, plays double bass like Charles Mingus, and sings like, well, anyone really. The second album by the US bass-fiddle prodigy is frustrating.
Marilyn and Ella, Theatre Royal, Stratford, East London<br/>The Living Unknown Soldier, Arcola Theatre, London
Monday 25 February 2008
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
- 2 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 3 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 4 Ryan Gosling posts tribute to 'Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal' creator Ryan McHenry