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Sunday 30 December 2012
Forty years in the making, four CDs and 260 minutes long, Mississippi-born trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers proved hard to beat for strength and depth.
Saturday 29 December 2012
The 10 albums that comprise this box set depict one of the most extraordinary career arcs in all of pop music, testament to the questing intelligence with which Joni Mitchell approached music.
Sunday 23 December 2012
Any Christmas album that begins with a rendition of "Silent Night" on the musical saw (from David Coulter) scores points, at least, for originality.
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Some things in life, you put off and put off. The source of the procrastination may be tedium (all those red utility bills yellowing on the doormat), or fear about a medical problem such as tinnitus, which is probably no more than a whooshy noise in the ear, but might prove a symptom of a benign tumour (acoustic neuroma) if you took it to the doctor.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.
Thursday 29 November 2012
New Orleans is known as The Big Easy for two reasons: it's a big place, and everyone is really easy-going.
Sunday 25 November 2012
Trumpeter Smith – whose epic Ten Freedom Summers is probably the most impressive jazz recording of the year – left segregated Mississippi for the army at around the same time as drummer Moholo-Moholo joined the soon-to-be-exiled Blue Notes in apartheid Cape Town.
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 Love Supreme Jazz Festival takes place in Sussex next July
Sunday 18 November 2012
Generous, creative – and still groovy after all these years
Monday 12 November 2012
London Jazz Festival
Sunday 28 October 2012
The Channel 4 newsreader is to be opening act at London festival
Thursday 25 October 2012
The London Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and some serious jazz hitters are coming out to play.
Sunday 21 October 2012
Blowing its trumpet: London Jazz Festival swings into town
Saturday 13 October 2012
Glad Rag Doll features exactly the same producer and rhythm section as the Lisa Marie Presley album, but to different ends.
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