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The Last Night At The Old Place

Read "The Last Night At The Old Place" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By any standards the release of The Last Night At The Old Place will prove to be one of archive releases of the year, second only, perhaps, to the 'Lost' Coltrane album. All power, therefore, to Mike Gavin who has inherited the Cadillac catalogue from the late John Jack with his first release of archive material. ...

Theo Jackson: Shoeless And The Girl

Read "Shoeless And The Girl" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Theo Jackson's second album, Shoeless And The Girl, is an old-fashioned kind of record. That's “old-fashioned" as in melodic, swinging, understated, lyrically engaging--old-fashioned in a really good way.

Jackson's debut, Jericho (Self Produced, 2012), was impressive but the lengthy songs sometimes lost focus. Shoeless And The Girl is a more mature, more savvy, album: the ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Jazz FM Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

Jazz FM Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

And the Nominees are...
Jamie Cullum, Sonny Rollins and Roller Trio
up for the Inaugural Jazz FM Awards 2013 With three months to go until the first Jazz FM Awards Powered by Klipsch, the nominations have been announced today, revealing that 2013 see’s Jamie Cullum up for UK Jazz Artist of the Year ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

The Art Of The Song

Read "The Art Of The Song" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singing is possibly the most universal of the arts, certainly of the musical arts. The human voice is the most portable of instruments, always there, always available. It's also the most expressive of instruments: almost every instrument invented in history has at some time or other been used to mimic the voice; none have truly succeeded.

Theo Jackson: Jericho

Read "Jericho" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, pianist and songwriter Theo Jackson lives in Oxford, of university fame, and his debut album Jericho is named after an area of the city rather than the ancient town that suffered so much from an excessively loud horn section. There's no need to fear excessively loud horns here: Jackson and his quartet build drama with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz, 13th Edition: Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 27-November 1, 2011

Read "Enjoy Jazz, 13th Edition: Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 27-November 1, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Mannheim/Heidelberg/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 27--November 1, 2011

It's always great to return somewhere that has become an annual port of call, but it's particularly nice to return to Germany's Enjoy Jazz, that atypical jazz festival which--rather than running for a week and concentrating a whack of shows in that short time frame--runs over ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Empirical: Elements Of Truth

Read "Empirical: Elements Of Truth" reviewed by Chris May

Empirical

Elements Of Truth

Naim Jazz

2011

Empirical's second album, Out 'n' In (Naim, 2009), is a hard act to follow. The salute to reed player Eric Dolphy deservedly won the band Best Jazz Act in the 2010 MOBO Awards. Elements Of Truth rises confidently, if not wholly successfully, to ...

Billy Jenkins: Jazz Gives Me The Blues

Read "Billy Jenkins: Jazz Gives Me The Blues" reviewed by Chris May

Billy Jenkins

Jazz Gives Me The Blues

VOTP Records

2011

If the title Jazz Gives Me The Blues suggests that London guitarist/vocalist Billy Jenkins is hacked off with jazz, you would be right. Kind of. What Jenkins objects to is the gentrification and institutionalization of jazz, once--a quantum leap from ...