Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records
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Sunday 08 January 2012
Pre-Columbian jazz? The Mexican drummer and bandleader Tino Contreras pioneered the fusion of groovy, "Take Five"-like 1960s modernism with elements based on Aztec ritual and symbolism.
Friday 06 January 2012
In their determination to go out on any limb, regardless of taste or safety, Lazarus and the Plane Crash – a collaboration between Guillotines singer Joe Coles and Stephen Coates, grey eminence behind The Real Tuesday Weld – display the kind of risk-taking absent from The Maccabees' album.
Friday 30 December 2011
Melissa George again; this time she's Rosie, a drippy, hippie mum, in this engrossing eight-part ensemble drama adapted from Christos Tsiolkas's novel about the barbed underbelly of Melbourne suburbia.
Friday 23 December 2011
There's an inter-denominational inclusivity theme to Carole King's seasonal offering. The star turn is "Chanukah Prayer", a haunting, jazz-inflected Jewish hymn on which she's joined by her daughter Louise Goffin (who also produced the album) and grandson Hayden Wells.
Saturday 17 December 2011
Friday 09 December 2011
This 3CD set attempts to map out the most exhaustive pre-history of rock'n'roll so far committed to one album, and for the most part it does a pretty decent job, tracing the line back as far as the 1916 "The Camp Meeting Jubilee", a pre-blues minstrel-tent recording of such scratchy authenticity it sounds like a parody.
Sunday 13 November 2011
This dream team of accordionist Galliano playing Fellini's favourite composer with trumpeter Dave Douglas, reeds master John Surman, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Clarence Penn appears as part of the London Jazz Festival at the South Bank on Thursday.
Sunday 06 November 2011
Everybody needs Tim Buckley in their life, for self-medication as well as entertainment.
Friday 19 August 2011
On Sign of Life, Frisell offers fragments of haunting melodies that seem to hang like mist; some have affiliations in folk and country music, some in jazz, some in classical; and they're all played by a string quartet in which one of the violins is replaced by Frisell's guitar, the players allowed to extemporise around the melodies as they see fit.
Friday 19 August 2011
Outside the jazz fraternity, the electrifying clarinetist is best-known for his short-lived marriage to Ava Gardner. He explained the bust-up with a joke about a man telling his wife why he couldn't make love ("I can't think of anyone tonight"').
Friday 08 July 2011
Displaying Olympian knowledge of this protean genre, Gioia combines facts and background information in an absorbing narrative that tootles along, from ragtime which peaked in 1909, to the "struts and prances" of vocalist Jamie Cullum (born 1979).
Sunday 29 May 2011
All hail the new star: 29-year old Californian trumpeter Akinmusire might not offer a new conception of jazz, but what he's doing with the old one is hard to beat.
Sunday 29 May 2011
In 1986, Tutu seemed proof of its creator's rejuvenation, reflected in Irving Penn's polished-icon pic of a freshly monkey-glanded Miles on the cover.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Despite a version of Earth Wind & Fire's "After The Love Is Gone" that is so good you can play it for days, this dream-team collaboration between jazz singer Elling and big-time weirdo producer Don Was delivers less than it promises.
Sunday 20 February 2011
Solo jazz piano can be a feat of endurance for both player and listener.
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