News

The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

Album: Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion (Atco)

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.

Micky Jones: Lead guitarist and mainstay of the Welsh band Man

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.

Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

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.

Pat Metheny, Barbican Hall, London

Time to pull the plug on this tousle-haired mechanic

Album: Erland and the Carnival, EATC, (Full Time Hobby)

There are those artists who hate it when reviewers do that Beatles meets ELO thing.

My Fantasy Band: Example

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.

It Might Get Loud (PG)

Plectrums at the ready: this hagiography of three guitar heroes will have axe-aficionados everywhere striking a pose in the name of amplified rock.

Yvonne King Burch

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.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dynamic duo win more hearts

Album: James Blood Ulmer, In and Out (In And Out Records)

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.

Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11, (Rubyworks)

Those of us who witnessed the emergence of this Mexican guitar duo 10 years ago knew instantly they would hit the heights.

Police called to Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house

Police were called to reports of a bust-up at Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house, Scotland Yard said today.

Album: The Cribs, Ignore the Ignorant (Wichita)

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.

Album: Robben Ford, Soul on Ten (Concord)

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.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 12 March 2015
The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss