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 07 August 2011
Guitarist Frisell has been straddling the gap between bluegrass-picking and the plinky-plonk avant garde for years but this latest recording, the second with his 858 string quartet, marks a return to peak form. All 17 tunes are Frisell compositions but the band's extempore arrangements deliver intricately worked variations on fiddle and guitar breakdowns and big-vista American pastoralism, as well as a little bit of squeaky-gate improv. The sound sparkles like springwater.
Thursday 28 July 2011
We've got five collections, each of three boxed sets, to give away. You can win oodles of music from the greatest periods of three blues giants on these new three-CD sets.
Michael 'Würzel' Burston: Guitarist who contributed some of Motörhead's finest rocking moments
Friday 15 July 2011
Led by the ultimate rock'n'roll reprobate, the gruff-voiced bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Motörhead have been playing faster, heavier and louder than most of their heavy metal competitors for over 35 years now. Known to all the group's fans by his suitably umlaut-accented nickname, the guitarist "Würzel" – né Michael Burston – was a semi-professional musician whose take-no-prisoners approach to the instrument lived up to Kilmister's high expectations when he auditioned to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Brian Robertson, once of Thin Lizzy, in November 1983.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Former Motorhead guitarist Wurzel has died.
Friday 08 July 2011
Ronnie Wood’s night at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards was better than he realised.
Friday 08 July 2011
Noel Gallagher says his second solo album is "far out" with "space jazz" on it.
Sunday 03 July 2011
The Chandeliers are a duo of multi-instrumentalists augmented by guitarist Marc Ribot; Jolie Holland is a singer who obviously went to the same school of swallowed vocal contortion as Lucinda Williams.
Friday 01 July 2011
Guitarist Vieux Farka Touré here seeks to extend his Malian musical heritage beyond the country's borders, by collaborating with American musicians on several tracks – though never obscuring the native essence of his style.
Sunday 26 June 2011
Bizarrely, star guitarist Metheny appears to be paying tribute to that bloke in the pizza restaurant who plays "The Girl from Ipanema" on Friday nights.
Sunday 19 June 2011
Now that guitarist Justin Adam and Gambian vocalist and ritti (one-stringed fiddle) player Juldeh Camara have got a sturdy backline of Billy Fuller on bass and Dave Smith on drums, the heady joyous racket they produce is as much rock as it is "world music".
Sunday 19 June 2011
The legendary twang guitarist's first album in 24 years mercifully contains none of the gimmicks used by his 1980s collaborators Art of Noise, just a timeless surf sound from producer, co-writer and obvious fan Richard Hawley.
Friday 03 June 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
Hyperbolically touted as a must-see for this year's summer festivals, New Zealand's newest, hottest, most exciting export The Naked and Famous are predictably not naked as they take to the Empire's stage in front of a hyper Friday-night crowd.
Friday 01 April 2011
On his first album in 13 years, Robbie Robertson resumes his fascination with the great American mythos.
Sunday 27 March 2011
The newest fold in the Waterson dynasty finds the late Lal's children exploring their place in the world with a suite of melancholy, poetic songs: unadorned, sometimes courtly, always hard to read.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27