The London Jazz Festival’s typically packed opening weekend finished with a bravura set from saxophonist Wayne Shorter, undiminished at 80, picking out space for solo revelation as the BBC Concert Orchestra gave his compositions classical heft. Jazz Voice, though, remains the festival’s curtain-raiser, dryly introduced by Victoria Wood and bringing together diverse singers over big band swing.
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Tuesday 24 July 2012
“If you don’t believe in something, then you’ll fall for anything,” Plan B snarls on the forlorn “Lost My Way”, and the solemn 28-year-old rapper is big on “belief”. However, we get precious little actual dialogue tonight at this desperately hip album launch, with almost certainly the poshest soap of any venue toilet in London.
Monday 23 July 2012
Amy Winehouse is still proving to be one of the most popular British recording artists of modern time, with fans buying more than 1.7 million copies of her recordings in the year since her death.
Sunday 22 July 2012
Just as the couture catwalks aren't the best place to scout for a new wardrobe (unless your budget ends in six zeroes), the make-up that complements the super-luxe clothes enjoys an equally tenuous relation to the everyday.
Sunday 08 July 2012
It's not one of the great voices, but Betty can lay greater claim to being the voice of "every woman" than, say, Chaka or Aretha.
Saturday 09 June 2012
Patti Smith's latest album, her best in a while, is held together by a spine of pieces themed around exploration, from the culture-shock encounter of "Amerigo", through the cosmic awe of "Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter)" and the aesthetic strivings of "Constantine's Dream", to her lovely version of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush", with children being rocketed off to seek fertile new planets.
Sunday 03 June 2012
Tom Jones declared: “This confirms that there is justice in the world,” as the act he coached won the BBC's singing competition, The Voice.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Fresh-faced they may be, but new talents are turning to the songs of bygone eras.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
After spending many years in the background, writing the lyrics for artists as diverse as Tinie Tempah and Cheryl Cole, tonight, on the final date of her UK tour, Emeli Sandé is basking in the limelight.
Wednesday 11 April 2012
This storming debut album from the hot-ticket Alabama soul-rock quartet fully delivers on the groundswell of anticipation built up by already legendary live performances and the acclaim of peers such as Adele and Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner.
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Sunday 11 March 2012
David Zinman's Mahler and Beethoven cycles with the Tonhalle exemplify the "third way" in historically informed performance practice.
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