Robbie Williams is getting back into the swing of things with a new album mixing cover versions of classics and his own songs.
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Thursday 05 January 2012
For the end of their London Christmas season, English National Ballet dive into Strictly Gershwin with a will. Derek Deane’s production blends ballet and ballroom, with a dollop of tap dancing and a fair bit of padding. The dancers do it all with care and attention. At the back of the American in Paris crowd scenes, you can spot corps dancers giving their steps a flirtatious edge.
Friday 09 December 2011
This 3CD set attempts to map out the most exhaustive pre-history of rock'n'roll so far committed to one album, and for the most part it does a pretty decent job, tracing the line back as far as the 1916 "The Camp Meeting Jubilee", a pre-blues minstrel-tent recording of such scratchy authenticity it sounds like a parody.
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).
Sunday 24 April 2011
Pure gold: nearly three hours of classic 1950s Holiday (mostly recorded for Norman Granz on Clef), for about a fiver.
Sunday 05 December 2010
Achingly self-conscious instrumentals for hip NYC ironists, expressly not for the most solemn kind of Fela Kuti fan. "Afro-soul", then, with jazz-ay overtones, psychedelic undertones and a strong current of cop-show theme musicology through its middle; the "Blaxploitation" that dare not speak its name.
Sunday 31 October 2010
The Bob of the title is Bob Wills, one of the daddies of western swing, that jovial place where jazz and country convened to slap their thighs in merriment in the middle of the last century.
Sunday 03 October 2010
The Dickie Davies-haired queen of the rockabilly revival has already been number one in her native Ireland for most of the summer with her third album.
Wednesday 15 September 2010
The Young Vic has an admirable tradition of kicking off its year with a production that pulls in the local community to play alongside professionals in the role of chorus – and the venue has had some of its most signal recent successes in this department. It now launches its 40th anniversary season in joyous fashion with the belated British premiere of The Human Comedy. A flawed, affecting show by Hair composer, Galt MacDermot, this piece flopped on Broadway in 1984, but it fits the bill here to an almost parodic degree in its celebration of the healing power of community and the unifying nature of song.
Sunday 08 August 2010
Mainstream jazz gets a bad rep as undemanding pipe-and-slippers music but it has become a valuable medium for players who really know what to do with a good melody.
Wednesday 04 August 2010
A 61-year-old jazz dancer who fraudulently claimed nearly £20,000 in disability benefits walked free from court today.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Soon, jazz like this won’t exist any more.
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