This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling
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Saturday 13 February 2010
Friday 08 January 2010
Simon Emmerson's folk/world project becomes a much firmer, more focused aggregation than on its 2007 debut.
Friday 18 December 2009
Sunday 29 November 2009
Sunday 22 November 2009
George Russell: Composer and theorist who provided inspiration for Miles Davis and broke new ground for jazz musicians
Thursday 06 August 2009
At the time he wrote the composition that fired off his career, George Russell didn't have a garret in which to starve. He was a creative composer whose urgent talents were known to the inner cognoscenti of jazz musicians, but his great works only seemed to stick up when the tide went out. Although of similar talent, he never achieved the momentum with the great jazz public that Gil Evans did. And heaven knows the GJP looked in the other direction while even Gil Evans enjoyed musical riches and endured physical poverty.
Monday 22 June 2009
Work: Pirate radio while at university in Exeter, BBC local radio, then Jazz FM for 14 years. Joined BBC Radio 2 and 3 in 2004 for The Helen Mayhew Programme, Big Band Special, Jazz Line. Joining new digital radio station JazzFm on 1 July to present four jazz shows a week.
Life: Single, 49, lives in Buckinghamshire
Balance: It’s brilliant, I’m combining work with my passion, which is jazz
Sunday 26 April 2009
Friday 27 February 2009
A modest and gentle fellow, the trumpeter Ian Carr was surprised when, as leader of the band Nucleus in 1970, he was thrust suddenly to the crest of the American jazz-rock boom. An ingénue to fame, he reacted to his instant eminence as incredulously as William Boot had in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop.
Sunday 18 January 2009
English jazz-rock in the mid-Seventies was a stealthy project and an acquired taste.
Friday 26 September 2008
Thursday 28 August 2008
Jack Hutton was the highly professional and dynamic editor of Melody Maker who ensured the music paper's transition from the jazz age into the Beatles era and beyond. A lifelong journalist, publisher and keen jazz trumpeter, he launched many new successful titles including Sounds and Kerrang! As a journalist he met and interviewed an extraordinary range of stars, from Charlie Chaplin to Miles Davis and John Lennon. As an editor he knew how to bring together the best writers, photographers and designers, while setting new standards of production.
Sunday 18 May 2008
"A Cross-Cultural Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis," it says, in which prominent Indian musos get down and dirty with prominent ex-Davis sidemen in... well, you've read the subtitle already. And guess what? It works, by and large. Miles always had a thing for Indian music and Davis-heads will recall his expansive use of tablas and sitar on various Sixties and Seventies records.
Sunday 03 February 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
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- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers