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NOEL GALLAGHER'S low assessment of his own musical efforts has been given a ringing endorsement by fellow guitar players, who have accorded him the title of the millennium's most overrated guitarist.

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PETER YORK ON ADS: Keep drinking the beer, lads

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Jazz: Not just a load of old funk

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ROCK musicians can seem like mercenaries, ready to jump ship at the slightest hint of a better gig somewhere else. Cozy Powell, the powerhouse drummer who died in a car crash on Sunday night, was the peripatetic instrumentalist par excellence.

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Obituary: Ronnie Lane

"Short and sweet" is how Ian McLagan, fellow member of the Small Faces, remembers his old friend Ronnie Lane, the bass player and singer who co-wrote some of the group's greatest hits.

Obituary: Eddie Harris

Most jazz musicians develop an individual sound when they are young and then work at honing it over the rest of their lives: Louis Armstrong, when he died in 1971, had a trumpet style which was irrevocably linked to his eloquent playing of the Twenties. The saxophonist Eddie Harris was almost unique in leaping to fame without ever having a consistent and recognisable sound. He made more noises then a shed full of monkeys and the trouble was that most of them were new and then instantly obsolescent.

ROCK: A show of two halves, Rod

OUR first sight of Rod Stewart was not of him in a glittering black jacket and drainpipes, or in a checked Dr Who coat, or in a pale blue suit with black and white loafers - although all these outfits and more would follow. First we saw him in a tracksuit. On the video screens above the stage he was doing his football training, before nipping home to change his baby's nappy, and then wheeling an overflowing trolley out of Tesco's. "I told Rachel I didn't have time to do this," he tuts to the camera, and promises us that he'll get to the concert eventually. It's a testament to his showmanship that even his intro was more entertaining than most artists' gigs.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Hot Minute Warner Bros. 9362-45733- 2

Their follow-up to the six million-selling Blood Sugar Sex Magik finds the Chili Peppers' essential bouncy-toy appeal undiminished, despite the often testy attitude and the usually adult themes on show. Substantial chunks of the album feature typical Pepper party-time punk-funk, at its best on tracks like "One Big Mob" and "Aeroplane", wherein lead singer Anthony Kiedis offers the equation "I like pleasure spiked with pain/ Music is my aeroplane".

OBITUARY:Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to adoring audiences. He never stopped working, and could always command a crowd, but resolutely eschewed the trappings of superstardom.

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