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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Friday 03 January 2014
Indie rockers Yuck lost their lead singer last year, but with a new album out and an upcoming tour, they’re enjoying a new lease of life
Monday 09 December 2013
Flair's remastered original is brash, beguiling and best played loud
Sunday 01 December 2013
They emphasise they had no idea their frontman was a paedophile
Friday 15 November 2013
The Saints have big-name fans. Bruce Springsteen covered their “Just Like Fire Would” every night of a recent tour, and Bob Geldof said only three bands changed rock in the Seventies – the Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints. Like the Pistols, the Saints were spat out by an uncomprehending EMI, but they kept going, and here they were promoting an excellent 14th album, King of the Sun.
Thursday 07 November 2013
Roger Pope was a dynamic, powerful, precise drummer who backed Elton John in concert and on several of the singer's most enduring recordings, including the 1971 ballad "Tiny Dancer'', the 1975 US No 1 "Island Girl'' and his first UK chart-topper, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart'', his irresistible 1976 duet with Kiki Dee.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
"You know, we played our first gig in Brighton. It's nice to be back," Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth informs her audience towards the close of this evening's show. "This song is called 'F******…"
Friday 27 September 2013
A sequence of 53 variably repeated fragments of music, Terry Riley's minimalist milestone In C is most often performed by ensembles of keyboards and winds, but Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley has here organised a version dominated by guitars. They are used to expose the intricate interplay of lines, and the way that the piece appears to speed up and slow down as the sequence shifts gradually between sparse and busy fragments. It's beautiful in places – the triplet tremors seemingly passed from one guitar to another about five minutes in are a lovely example of the work's planned serendipity – though ultimately the lack of textural variety works against it.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
TeamRock Radio to feature half-hour exchange which took place just five days before great guitarist was found dead in 1970
Wednesday 14 August 2013
“Allen, despite Allen, contained multitudes,” said the New York punk priestess Patti Smith of her late friend, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Cut to five words, it was possibly the most profound tribute Ginsberg received during this 90-minute joint homage from Smith and his friend and collaborator Philip Glass. Even when the music and poetry weren’t necessarily about him, Ginsberg’s presence hung in the room.
Sunday 28 July 2013
Good fusion bands need great drummers and Marcus Gilmore's all-around-the-kit technique adds massive energy and oomph to star pianist Corea's latest band.
Sunday 21 July 2013
Brace yourself, because they’re going to be everywhere this summer – from the mutant creatures on our cinema screens to the music charts to giant arenas
Saturday 20 July 2013
A first album in eight years by one of the emblematic voices of the 1960s English folk revival: the sheeny soprano which slipped the melodies around the tangle of instruments and styles that constituted Pentangle.
Album review: James Brown and the Famous Flames, Best of Live at the Apollo: 50th Anniversary (Polydor)
Saturday 20 July 2013
This is not, as you might imagine, a reissue of the classic 1962 Live at the Apollo, but instead a selection of tracks from that release alongside later performances from James Brown's 600-plus appearances at the Harlem venue, culled from shows in 1962, '67, '71 and '72.
Thursday 18 July 2013
Radiohead frontman last week hit out at Spotify, accusing them of prioritising shareholders over artists
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Despite their status as one of the most influential rock groups of all time, the Ramones sold more T-shirts than records during their 22 years together. A popular accoutrement with many teenagers who weren't even born when the New York punk pioneers broke up in 1996, their distinctive merchandising bears the emblematic logo designed by Arturo Vega, the band's artistic director, lighting director and friend.
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