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Ian Patterson

Ian is dedicated to the promotion of jazz and all creative music all over the world, and to catching just a little piece of it for himself.

About Me

My first piece of journalism resulted in the threat of legal action against the newspaper and of a paramilitary style punishment for myself. Surely too much fuss for an unflattering review of a Gary Moore concert? Two wrongs don't make a right I thought. Although some have interpreted my later move from the north of Ireland to London as an act of cowardice, it was really more to do with catching all the gigs of which we were starved in gloomy '80s Belfast. The Nice jazz festival of 1986 was my first real exposure to jazz. Miles Davis' opening number blew me away and I was instantly converted. A year later I had slipped unnoticed out of Belfast and arrived in London, kneecaps intact. For the next four years I feasted on live music; from Bowie to Fairport Convention, from Fleetwood Mac to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, from Roy Harper to Frank Zappa. Jazz however, was my musical drug of choice and I criss-crossed the dirty ol' town, the country, and continental Europe to see the likes of Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Courtney Pine, John Scofield, Sun Ra, Etta James, Andy Sheppard, Wayne Shorter, James Blood Ulmer and of course Miles. Ten years in Mediterranean Italy and Spain gave me a more European perspective on jazz as well as a love for flamenco, red wine and the much underrated siesta. For the guts of the last seven years I have been living in the Communist-Socialist- Capitalist-Buddhist-Annimist state of Laos where I am keeping an eye out for jazz gigs; these are almost as rare as the Irrawaddy dolphin. Both are sometimes spotted so I live in hope. All About Jazz has allowed me the opportunity to cover jazz concerts/festivals in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Borneo, Singapore, Laos, Australia, China, the Palestinian Territories, Italy, England, France, Poland, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Ireland. It all began rather by accident, when I stumbled across All About Jazz one fateful day over a bowl of noodles in Bangkok.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
  2. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
  3. Miles Davis - Star People
  4. Ahmad Jamal - Live At Bubba's
  5. Sonny Rollins - The Bridge
  6. Zakir Hussain - Making Music
  7. Silvio Rodriguez - Rabo de Nube
  8. Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour '74
  9. Rory Gallagher - Tattoo
  10. Bill Frisell - Good Dog, Happy Man
  11. Bill Frisell - Gone, Just Like a Train
  12. Weather Report - Black Market
  13. Joe Zawinul - Zawinul
  14. Grateful Dead - Wake of the Flood
  15. Duke Ellington - Latin American Suite
  16. Gabriela - Viento Rojo
  17. John Coltrane - Afro-Blue Impressions
  18. Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
  19. James Blood Ulmer - America do you Remember the love?
  20. Paco de Lucia - Fuente y Caudal
  21. Paco de Lucia - Almoraima
  22. Paco de Lucia Sextet - Live... One Summer Night
  23. Bill Evans/Jim Hall Undercurrent
  24. John Scofield - Time On My Hands
  25. John Scofield - A Go Go
  26. Nik Bartsch Ronin - Stoa
  27. Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
  28. Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All
  29. Frank Zappa - In New York
  30. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
  31. John Martyn - Solid Air
  32. John Martyn - Sunday's Child
  33. Joni Mitchell - Hejira
  34. Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns
  35. Joni Mitchell - Miles of Aisles
  36. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffitti
  37. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 4
  38. Yes - Going For The One
  39. Yes - Close to the Edge
  40. Roy Harper - H.Q.
  41. Roy Harper - Stormcock
  42. Roy Harper - Bullinamingvase
  43. Roy Harper - Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion
  44. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
  45. Van Morrison - Common One
  46. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
  47. Richard Thompson - Small Town Romance
  48. Jim Hall - Concierto
  49. Andy Sheppard - Andy Sheppard
  50. Andy Sheppard/Kathryn Tickel - Music for a New Crossing
  51. Brad Mehldau Trio - Day is Done
  52. Jan Garbarek/Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Ragas and Sagas
  53. Deep Purple - Made in Japan
  54. Tommy Bolin - Teaser
  55. King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
  56. King Crimson - Red
  57. King Crimson - Discipline
  58. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
  59. Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
  60. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness and Eternity
  61. Dreadzone - Second Light