Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records
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Sunday 12 April 2009
Peyroux specialises in torch songs, ragtime jazz and chanson, but while her period stylings elevate her above the average navel-gazing songstress, it's also a little too perfectlypitched at a certain kind of vintage aesthetic. Admittedly, you wouldn't get Sarah Vaughan singing a line like "I'll be screwed like a high-school cheerleader" (from one of two songs co-written with Steely Dan's Walter Becker). And, when it sounds as lovely as "Instead", you barely care when Bare Bones was made.
Sunday 18 January 2009
This is the sort of thing Soul Jazz does best: a history of an under-anthologised corner of the musical world. 'Fly Girls!' collects many of the major names from the first wave of female rappers.
Sunday 27 July 2008
Hubbard's chops blew out in the Nineties, which is no surprise given the kind of stick the trumpeter gave them for 30 years or so.
Sunday 20 July 2008
Credibility-damaging decisions (Stacey Kent and Anita Wardell getting gonged ahead of Norma Winstone, a nominee this year; Curtis Stigers?) and a need to create a buzz has made this annual BBC shebang look like PR spin holds more sway than musical excellence.
Sunday 06 July 2008
As an antidote to the finger-snapping screamers and belters who populate the female jazz vocal sector, Brazilian star Passos is perfect: her style is so underplayed that she sometimes appears to be doing little more than breathing. While her album 'Rosa' from 2006 might make a better starting point, this very jazzy recording with her Brazilian small group on 12 slow and sad bossa novas is so intense that there's almost an air of prayer involved. There's perhaps a nod to smooth jazz, but the sound – mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Records – is sublime.
Sunday 08 June 2008
Eagleton pre-emptively announces on page one that he's not a philosopher, but anyone tackling this subject is de facto a philosopher; the question is, how good? Eagleton indulges in some needlessly laboured analysis of terms, but is less interested in philosophical argument than in sticking it to his enemies, those pesky liberal humanists.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Looks like Angela Davis, plays double bass like Charles Mingus, and sings like, well, anyone really. The second album by the US bass-fiddle prodigy is frustrating.
Sunday 03 February 2008
Sunday 27 January 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Sunday 28 May 2006
Saturday 27 May 2006
You might be hard put to explain why it is, but Britons seem to have a fervent sympathy for bumblebees. Here are a few suggestions. They're furry and appear cuddly. (They remind us of mammals.) They're obviously hard working (no scroungers they). They're as much a part of our gardens as lawns. (Or they were.) Their first appearance is an unmistakable sign of the spring. (Or it was.) Their drowsy buzzing is one of the sounds of summer. (Or it should be.) They might only be the size of your thumbnail but they are among Britain's most popular creatures.
Sunday 07 May 2006
Monday 17 April 2006
Tuesday 04 October 2005
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1