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Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

Read "After The Rain" reviewed by Duncan Heining

In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall

Read "Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall" reviewed by Lily O'Brien

Kurt Elling
Stanford Jazz / Bing Concert Hall
Palo Alto, CA
February 27, 2016

Kurt Elling is full of it--talent that is. As a vocalist, performer and writer/poet, he is just, simply--off the charts. His performance for Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall, at Stanford University in Palo Alto on Saturday, ...

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
Ronnie Scott's
EFG London Jazz festival
November 20, 2014

One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Returns September 14 - 20

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Returns September 14 - 20

The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival returns for its eighth edition with an enticing offering of jazz of very different stripes over four days. Jazz festivals in Hong Kong have has a checkered history over the past quarter of a century but thanks to the eternal enthusiasm and the unstinting efforts of the Hong Kong Jazz Association ...

ARTICLE: SCUMBLES

Jazz in the UK now

Read "Jazz in the UK now" reviewed by Sammy Stein

The jazz scene in the UK is buzzing at the moment. Clubs whose managers not so long ago were faced with the difficult decision whether to continue offering new sounds to a dwindling audience or turn themselves into a wine bar--offering small slices of live music to appease their consciences perhaps--are finding it was worth hanging ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stan Tracey: The Flying Pig

Read "The Flying Pig" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Stan Tracey is one of the most highly regarded British jazz musicians of any era. Doesn't matter who you speak to--fans, critics or fellow musicians such as Guy Barker, John Surman, Evan Parker or Keith Tippett--Tracey's story is, in many ways, the history of post-war British jazz. This new CD, Flying Pig, is more than a ...

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David Redmond: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Irish bassist David Redmond is nothing if not versatile, playing in the thrilling World music outfit Yurodny and in the small jazz combos of pianist Phil Ware, drummer Kevin Brady and veteran guitarists Tommy Hafferty and Louis Stewart. Belfast's Soulman Van Morrison has also called upon Redmond's services. Across the pond, to use Irish parlance, Redmond's ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Uk's Newest Vocal Jazz Event Within The World's Biggest Arts Festival

Uk's Newest Vocal Jazz Event Within The World's Biggest Arts Festival

THE BRITISH VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Live at Le Monde (16 George Street, Edinburgh) Aug 5-6 - CAROL KIDD sings Cole Porter, with BRIAN KELLOCK Aug 7 - IAN SHAW sings Joni Mitchell Aug 8 - GWYNETH HERBERT - new album launch: Sea Cabinet Aug 12 - NIKI KING & HER BAND: Duke Ellington Songbook Aug 13-14 - CLARE TEAL: The Divas and ...

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Take Five With Todd Gordon

Read "Take Five With Todd Gordon" reviewed by Todd Gordon

Meet Todd Gordon:

In just a few years, Todd Gordon has established himself as “one of Britain's most popular singers and entertainers" (Scottish Television). An avid Beatles fan until the age of 11, his musical horizons broadened when he heard Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers! album. From that moment, he collected almost every recording ...

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Working Week: Working Nights

Read "Working Nights" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Many contemporary music and cultural commentators disparage the UK's '80s pop scene as a time seemingly in thrall to new technologies, and whose throwaway commercial hits are long forgotten--and rightly so. Is that really how it was though? Others look far more fondly on the decade's music, remembering its brief dalliance between pop culture and jazz ...