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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 ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Polish Jazz Guitar Master Jarek Smietana Passed Away On September 2, 2013

Polish Jazz Guitar Master Jarek Smietana Passed Away On September 2, 2013

Jaroslaw (Jarek) Smietana was born March 29, 1951 in Krakow, Poland. Jazz guitarist, composer and teacher. A graduate of Jazz and Popular Music faculty at The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (Panstwowa Wyzsza Szkola Muzyczna w Katowicach). During his successful career, Jarek Smietana has always been very active on the Polish Jazz scene. He was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival Da Jazz: St Moritz 2013

Read "Festival Da Jazz: St Moritz 2013" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Festival Da Jazz
St. Moritz, Switzerland
July 18-22, 2013
How To Run A Jazz Festival 101. Get a big hall, put on some big names: get a small room, put on some smaller names. Stars in the big spaces, up and comers in the little ones. There's a commercial and economic logic to it, maybe even ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Etheridge: More Than a Legacy

Read "John Etheridge: More Than a Legacy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The home page of guitarist John Etheridge's website reveals that he's involved in seven current projects: nothing too unusual in the life of a contemporary jazz musician. Closer inspection quickly shows that the term “jazz musician" fails miserably to encompass the full range of Etheridge's work. There's his career as a solo performer; his duo with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Davey Payne: Ready To Play

Read "Davey Payne: Ready To Play" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Davey Payne is known best for the time when he was saxophonist with British group, The Blockheads. His solo on the 1978 number 1 hit, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" was the first time a double sax solo had appeared on a hit record.

Before he joined forces with Dury, who fronted The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eclectica!: Flight Of Fancy

Read "Flight Of Fancy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Eclectica! is a European string quartet that brings together four exceptional musicians from the realms of jazz and classical music. Flight Of Fancy, the band's second album, continues with its fusion of musical genres, mixing classical, pop and original tunes in a beautifully performed collection.

String quartet is an accurate description of Eclectica!, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Naima

Read "Naima" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

John Coltrane's original recording of “Naima" is extraordinarily beautiful, and it's possible that he never envisioned such a breathtaking version being played so many years after it had been composed. So hats off to the Japanese-born violinist and erhu player, Meg Okura, for conjuring up that version. As wave after wave of the song's melody unfolds ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nigel Kennedy: Blue Note Sessions

Read "Blue Note Sessions" reviewed by Chris May

I confess I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album. Here in his native Britain, violinist Nigel Kennedy is regarded by some as a figure of fun, a player who made much of his fortune with Vivaldi's evergreen Four Seasons, still a nice little earner, but one who has energetically promoted himself as the rebellious bad boy ...