This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling
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Sunday 06 January 2013
There are not many artists who reignite their careers in their ninth decade, but the Pittsburgh-born pianist Ahmad Jamal, who comes to London's Barbican on 8 February, is really on a roll, at 82. The knockout title track from his latest album, Blue Moon, has been nominated for a Grammy and his London performance will be a showcase for the disc
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.
Sunday 26 August 2012
If Gotan Project had continued to be as innovative as they were when they first came to our attention, then maybe they'd have ended up sounding like this Argentinian band.
Sunday 03 June 2012
This is really something. Veteran trumpeter Smith has been writing music about the civil-rights struggle since a tribute to Medger Evers 35 years ago.
Saturday 19 May 2012
A tantalising portrait of a British society beauty who became the ‘crazy friend’ of Thelonious Monk
Thursday 12 April 2012
Who lives in a house like this? There's dirty laundry all over the floor, piles of records strewn around, life drawings hanging in the bathroom and war medals displayed on the walls. Why, it's Pete Doherty, of course, the free-spirited scamp. In a video recorded for NME's website, the 33-year-old musician gives viewers a tour of his cramped Paris apartment.
Sunday 11 March 2012
Voted the BBC's Sound of 2012, his breakthrough came with supporting Adele on tour. But the release of his first album is the real litmus test
Friday 24 February 2012
Bass: Adam Clayton
Friday 03 February 2012
Friday 30 December 2011
The avant-garde work of the saxophonist Sam Rivers was the most accessible free-form music for the general listener. The more prickly practitioners of the Sixties avant-garde saxophone treated their audiences with aggression, but Sam was almost without ego, a brilliant teacher and among the nicest of men.
Monday 25 July 2011
Basement Jaxx's creative resource has let them survive the 1990s' dance-pop heyday with hardly a scratch.
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).
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 19 June 2011
Unlikely as it seems, Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years" has now provoked two very successful jazz versions – Jimmy Scott's tearjerker and the excellent opener to this, nu-jazz diva Parlato's latest album.
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.
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