'I'd like Vanessa Paradis, circa 1988-90. I could listen to that voice sing anything'
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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.
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Tuesday 09 August 2011
Any bandleader who had Snooky Young in his band could relax, knowing that he'd filled the most difficult role in the band with the best that there was. Young spent four decades leading the trumpet sections in the bands of Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. He was infallible, and earned the respect and affection of all his fellows.
Friday 10 December 2010
It was an indication of how commercially viable Michael Jackson had become by the late Eighties that out of the 11 tracks on his album Bad, ten were issued as singles in various territories.
Friday 03 December 2010
Soul Bossa Nostra: the title, a pun linking Quincy Jones' emblematic '60s instrumental "Soul Bossa Nova" (of Austin Powers dance-routine fame) with intimations of his don-like hegemony over black American music of the last five or six decades, gives some impression of the producer's massive, mafioso-like presence in American music culture.
Sunday 10 October 2010
Monday 23 August 2010
Photography has proved a crucial medium in spreading the popularity of jazz and making the music and its creators the epitome of cool.
Tuesday 10 August 2010
Friday 07 May 2010
Sunday 04 October 2009
"The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968-75," it says, which is a fancy way of saying "Blaxploitation Movie Soundtrack Music".
Friday 03 July 2009
Michael Jackson's signature song was primarily written by a Cleethorpes-born songwriter, Rod Temperton, who had graced the charts with the home-grown disco combo Heatwave.
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