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Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining from Equinox Publishing

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining from Equinox Publishing

Mosaics is the first biography of bassist, band-leader, composer, educator and author Graham Collier. Duncan Heining draws extensively on Collier’s personal archive, as well as on interviews with fellow musicians, ex-students and colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music. It locates Collier and his work within the social and cultural changes which occurred during his life ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mônica Vasconcelos: Brazil Songs of Resistance

Read "Mônica Vasconcelos: Brazil Songs of Resistance" reviewed by Duncan Heining

A tanned, beautiful young woman in a skimpy bikini walks through the lapping sea waters on the edge of a sun-soaked beach. Soft music plays, its shifting beat following her footsteps. It's a cliché, of course, but a powerful one when it comes to thoughts (male, mainly) of Brazil and its music.

UK-based Brazilian ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: GIO Sevens

Read "GIO Sevens" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Back in the 60s, there was a pop show on British TV called Thank Your Lucky Stars. It featured a “spin-a-disc" segment, where a DJ and three teenagers scored a clutch of 45s on a scale of one to five. One of these was a girl from the West Midlands called Janice Nicholls, who delighted audiences ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raymond MacDonald & Graeme Wilson: A Cast of Thousands

Read "A Cast of Thousands" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Raymond MacDonald and Graeme Wilson are two of the leading figures in the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. The music on Cast Of Thousands may be freely improvised but the emphasis here seems very much upon structure and form. One suspects that MacDonald and Wilson's lengthy experience playing together allows each man to trust the other and that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lol Coxhill & Raymond MacDonald: Morphometry

Read "Morphometry" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Glorious, custard-coloured vinyl, a charming and witty woodcut by artist Ian Barrett (Syd's nephew) on the cover and ten duos featuring saxophonists Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald--what's not to like? My first sightings/hearings of the legend that was Lol took place in my mid-teens. Crossing Hungerford Bridge en route to the South Bank for a concert ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Archer: Story Tellers

Read "Story Tellers" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We used to call records like this 'concept albums.' The whole idea soon became a term of derision thanks to Rick Wakeman and others. Nevertheless, let's stick with it for a moment. Martin Archer's Story Tellers is constructed as a series of interlocking vignettes, linked both by certain recurring themes, narrative threads and the attribution of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Grand Union Orchestra at Wilton's Music Hall

Read "Grand Union Orchestra at Wilton's Music Hall" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Grand Union Orchestra
Wilton's Music Hall
London
June 14, 2017

Song of Contagion, Grand Union Orchestra's latest show, would be a strange subject indeed for any other ensemble. But for leader/composer Tony Haynes and his comrades, it sits perfectly within the orchestra's progressive dialogue between the musics and ...