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 09 April 2010
Jeff Beck has to be the most eclectic of the great guitar heroes, rarely restricting himself to a single mode across an entire album, yet without once abandoning the signature touches that enable one to recognise his hand the moment it strays across the strings.
Thursday 18 March 2010
The Welsh band Man are the closest Britain has come to the free-wheeling spirit of the psychedelic groups that came out of San Francisco in the mid-1960s, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Formed in Swansea in 1968, Man have gone through a multitude of line-ups, with Micky Jones, guitarist and founder member, the only constant.
Sunday 28 February 2010
If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.
Sunday 14 February 2010
Sunday 24 January 2010
There are those artists who hate it when reviewers do that Beatles meets ELO thing.
Friday 08 January 2010
Vocals and guitar - Jack White
He's one of my favourite artists of the last 10 years. I loved Horehound last year. He's got a really interesting voice and mind boggling lyrics.
Friday 01 January 2010
Plectrums at the ready: this hagiography of three guitar heroes will have axe-aficionados everywhere striking a pose in the name of amplified rock.
Saturday 26 December 2009
Yvonne King Burch, who died in Santa Barbara, California after a fall on 20 December aged 89, gained early fame as one of the singing King Sisters in the big-band era and later brought her extended musical clan into show business as the King Family.
Thursday 26 November 2009
Sunday 22 November 2009
Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.
Sunday 27 September 2009
Those of us who witnessed the emergence of this Mexican guitar duo 10 years ago knew instantly they would hit the heights.
Dylan Jones: 'Around 25 years ago I started a heavy-metal band called Devil Bitch. Now we're going to reform'
Saturday 26 September 2009
Wednesday 16 September 2009
Police were called to reports of a bust-up at Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house, Scotland Yard said today.
Friday 04 September 2009
Last heard wielding guitar for American alt.rockers Modest Mouse a year or two ago, Johnny Marr continues his outreach programme dedicated to bringing a touch of intrigue and style to otherwise unremarkable indie rockers by now turning up as the second guitarist in The Cribs.
Sunday 16 August 2009
Can the blues changeand still be the blues?Guitarist's guitaristRobben Ford ratherhedges his bets on thismainly live set, offeringcontemporary songs thatextend familiar conventions,as in the rockingwah-wah funk of theopener "Super-natural",and a rather by-roterespect for the tradition,evident in a merelygeneric version of"Spoonful" and some lessthan inspired boogie.Watching the sweat rolldown the walls in a club,this would be serviceable.At home, the 10 tracksdrag.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'