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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

Read "GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie

Read "Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

The Age of Bowie
Paul Morley
496 Pages
ISBN: 978-1471148088
Simon & Schuster UK
2016

The enormous grief and sadness that outpoured at the unexpected death of singer David Bowie by fans and supporters worldwide were immediate and sincere. As soon as the shocking news broke on ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Peter Hook: Substance - Inside New Order

Read "Peter Hook: Substance - Inside New Order" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Substance: Inside New Order
Peter Hook
768 Pages
ISBN: 1471132404
Simon & Schuster
2016

Evidently, this is the golden age of book memoirs by world renowned music artists as the bookstores are being literary showered by juicy memoirs full of soul-baring, band drama, drugs, debauchery and salacious gossip. ...

Dan Whieldon Trio: Positive Changes

Read "Positive Changes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Dan Whieldon hails from Manchester and has been active in the North West of England's jazz scene for the last decade. Positive Changes is his debut release as leader, made not with fellow Mancunians but with players from Belgium--where he studied and where the album was made--and Holland. Bill Evans is an acknowledged inspiration and ...

New Order: Complete Music

Read "New Order: Complete Music" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

For a band of magnitude and history like New Order's the lines between “indie," “dance" and “mainstream" always get blurred. Somehow the band has always transcended these labels ever since it rose from the rubble of the much-beloved band Joy Division. At the start of the '80s the band grew more inspired and fascinated by popular ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Learn Jazz Piano Online With PianoGroove’s Innovative Tuition Platform

Learn Jazz Piano Online With PianoGroove’s Innovative Tuition Platform

2016 has marked the launch of online jazz piano tuition platform PianoGroove. The company, created by Nottingham Business School graduate Hayden Hill, provides jazz piano tuition for amateur pianists using a three-part video layout that combines an overhead camera shot, a synchronised light-up keyboard and in-video notation. “My aim is to make high-quality jazz piano tuition ...

Beats & Pieces Big Band: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

While almost every sensible thought screams “Don't Do It!" for good economic and logistical reasons, there are still plenty of jazz musicians for whom the big band is an ideal--and an attainable one at that. Manchester's Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fine example--the name may or may not be a nod to Manchester's '60s ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Oliv & Familie

Read "Oliv & Familie" reviewed by John Eyles

Issued twenty years after his death, aged just fifty-four, Oliv & Familie serves as a fitting reminder of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble's charismatic and controversial drummer and leader, John Stevens. Not only does this release return to circulation the two “Oliv" tracks that constituted the SME's eponymous third album, originally issued on vinyl by Giorgio Gomelsky's ...

ARTICLE: ONE LP

Jack Bruce: L'ascension, Olivier Messiaen

Read "Jack Bruce:  L'ascension, Olivier Messiaen" reviewed by William Ellis

"It's called L'ascension by Olivier Messiaen who was a French composer I have loved for most of my life. Why I love his compositions is he shows that music has always existed.

Humans only stole it.

We borrowed it -but it's in nature. It holds the universe together, ask any skylark or ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mammal Hands: Animalia

Read "Animalia" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When is a trio with a piano not a piano trio? British outfit Mammal Hands offers one answer to that conundrum with debut album Animalia, released on Gondwana Records, the label run by discerning trumpeter and producer Matthew Halsall. Actually, given the varied nature of the tunes on display--co-written by the band members--it offers eight answers. ...