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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Sunday 30 December 2012
Now what? Ascot’s royal enclosure? You can’t park your bike there, son
Sunday 16 December 2012
A four-disc retrospective (there's also a 10-disc one) of the great bluesman's epic recording career, which began in 1949 in Memphis, and snaked its way through every market variation to which the electric blues might adapt itself.
Thursday 13 December 2012
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Thursday 06 December 2012
Mickey “Guitar” Baker was a guitarist who forged a link between rhythm and blues and early rock and whose 1956 recording of “Love Is Strange” with Sylvia Robinson became a pop classic brimming with Latin rhythms and flirtatious banter.
Monday 26 November 2012
Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years in the industry by performing to a packed London crowd for the first time since 2007.
Sunday 25 November 2012
High-concept stuff – as in heavenly – in which the Nashville songwriter Phil Madeira co-opts a posse of notables into a project predicated on the idea that “God is love” (as opposed to the moralist of “crazy TV preachers”).
Wednesday 21 November 2012
The band have also unveiled new video for single "Doom and Gloom"
Monday 12 November 2012
Already the recipients of a steadily boiling level of press appreciation, Los Angeles quartet Haim make their best impression on the live stage as first rate performers with a batch of great songs and an innate understanding of how to inspire true excitement rather than just warm appreciation.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
A musical prodigy?
Saturday 06 October 2012
'My husband is a very underrated guitarist'
Thursday 27 September 2012
Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones is in dispute with his ex-wife over her decision to sell the contents of their former family home.
Wednesday 29 August 2012
"We consider this the last show of the Relationship of Command tour," keyboardist/guitarist Jim Ward lets us know at the end. "It’s taken us 12 years to finish." Then he adds, of his four band-mates: "I love these dudes more than life itself."
Monday 20 August 2012
Thirteen years since this band last played London, the concerns of singular frontman Greg Dulli have not changed a jot. “Please have sex up there," he asks, eyeing the balconies’ occupants. “I wanna see those ecstasy faces.”
Saturday 18 August 2012
Given the omissions necessary to a truly definitive account of the Sixties UK folk-rock boom – no Michael Chapman, Roy Harper, Davey Graham or Anne Briggs, let alone Donovan and Cat Stevens – Electric Eden offers a vivid enough account of this magical period of British music history.
Monday 13 August 2012
There's so much to admire about Joan Wasser's revival of the torch-singer's art that it seems slightly churlish to cavil at aspects of her show at Antony Hegarty's Meltdown season, but I have to admit I found it a largely frustrating affair.
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