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.
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.
The third album by the three young Polish unpronounceables who used to back trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is close to a total triumph.
A quartet of avantly inclined souls – including Derek Bailey's drum chum Steve Noble and Stephen O'Malley, guitarist in Sunn0))) – getting into some sort of weird anti-groove live in Oslo.
This is what he hated about the North: this eeh-by-gumming and hotpot suppers." This North stinks of chip fat, the houses are damp, cans of pop in café refrigerators are dusty. At the hairdressers you're offered tatty, tea-stained magazines, in which all the wordsearches have already been done.
A new box set of Philip Larkin's favourite jazz focuses on the pre-war trad he adored – but the poet was no musical stick-in-the- mud. In fact, says Sholto Byrnes, he was one of our most incisive jazz critics
They don't come any more uncategorisable than this.
Completely mad 1968 European free-jazz/acid rock mash-up, with French saxophonist Wilen (he played with Miles Davis) leading a double trio – one jazz, one rock – with Joachim Kuhn on keyboards and Aldo Romano on drums among the musicians.
Mozart, Poulenc and Vivaldi, some early Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and Donald Fagen; I've never had a problem appreciating different genres.
The ultimate Miles: from 'Kind of Blue' to kind of new
With his band the MGs, Booker T was the resident genius at one of America's great soul labels. Now, with a bit of help from Neil Young, he's turning off his organ and enrolling in the school of rock
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.