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Phil Barnes

All About Jazz user Phil Barnes

Member since 2013.

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Home: London, United Kingdom

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Lost in music, caught in a trap....

I never quite recovered from first hearing the Beatles, closely followed by Blondie in the late 70s. From the moment I could afford to buy records music has been the one constant in my life.

I stumbled into jazz via soul, electronica and the particularly open minded post punk records of Working Week, Everything But The Girl, the Style Council & David Sylvian.

I believe passionately that the job of sites like AAJ and 'Kind of Jazz', the blog I co-contribute to with Matthew Ruddick, is to show that jazz need not be a dry intellectual exercise endlessly repeating the styles of some mythical golden age. Don't get me wrong I love Miles, Monk, Coltrane and Andrew Hill as much as the next man but they are only a part of what I think jazz has to offer.

While I had always hoped that I could find a way to write about music, until relatively recently this was confined to e-mails with like minded friends. In 2012 a friend and I started work on our own music blog 'KindofJazz.com', designed to cover jazz and jazz influenced music. Setting that up took pretty much a year so while we were writing the test pieces I also blogged on other music at my own blog 'http://blueblueneonglow.wordpress.com/'.

I've loved the chance to share thoughts and opinions on music, that the internet has made possible for me, and am now looking forward to continuing that on AAJ.



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