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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Monday 06 August 2012
“Go baby, go baby go, don’t upset the rhythm though,” screeches Shingai Shoniwa above the roars of the crowd cheering on Ben Ainslie’s gold in the sailing and a sublime Andy Murray backhand in the tennis.
Wednesday 01 August 2012
Unless we were mistaken, Morrissey appeared to be signing off his latest tour with a hint that the Queen should consider him for honours. After declaring that the British judiciary more or less murdered a roll call of free-thinkers including Wilde, Shelley, Byron and Keats, he concluded "and nothing's changed. The British Establishment still give prizes to the mediocre – and they hate people who are not mediocre." Which might not seem like evidence in itself, but when this noted contrarian followed it up with "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"…
Sunday 22 July 2012
In his Eighties pomp, Jackson contributed a superb arrangement of "Round Midnight" to a Thelonious Monk tribute album, but this new homage to Ellington works as superior adult-pop rather than jazz.
Friday 20 July 2012
Billed as Freak Out Night: the Evolution of Disco to Dance Music and curated by Chic mainman and überproducer Nile Rodgers, and his “little baby brother” Mark Ronson, the penultimate event of the 46th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival lived up to its promise.
Thursday 12 July 2012
Saturday 07 July 2012
A former personal assistant to the U2 star Adam Clayton has been jailed for seven years for embezzling €2.8m (£2.2m) in what a judge labelled a crime "rooted in greed".
Sunday 17 June 2012
Mali is associated with stately downbeat blues and effervescent kora playing, not punchy Nigerian-style Afrobeat.
Saturday 09 June 2012
Former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson's heart has always been spiritually in the early Seventies, and with his new Brotherhood, he's finally found the ideal vehicle to indulge his taste for "Cosmic California Music".
Sunday 03 June 2012
Under the funk and the fuzz, there's a devil trying to get out
Saturday 02 June 2012
'Prince has a knack for really funky stuff on a drum machine'
Thursday 24 May 2012
As a member of the Dillards, the banjo-player Doug Dillard played an important role in the evolution of bluegrass music, modernising its sound and bringing it into the living rooms of millions of Americans through a series of popular TV appearances. Later he formed a partnership with the former Byrd, Gene Clark, that would help usher in the country rock movement, before becoming an in-demand session musician for acts such as Harry Nilsson, the Monkees and the Beach Boys.
Sunday 20 May 2012
At its best, the music of former Sussex schoolfriends Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire is a swirling and seductive stew of early Jefferson Airplane and the Indigo Girls.
Sunday 20 May 2012
Old-fashioned musicianly blues-rock, as practised by lank-haired individuals around the turn of the 1970s, with some of the virtuosity of Led Zeppelin but a fraction of the imagination.
Sunday 06 May 2012
Taken on its own merits, Standing at the Sky's Edge is a classy, well-made record.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Psychedelia and sunshine fuel a classy reinvention
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