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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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Live 1972

Read "Live 1972" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La meritoria etichetta inglese Hux Records recupera un live piuttosto raro del 1972 che vede protagonista una versione molto ridotta, in termini numerici, della famosa orchestra jazz del pianista Mike Westbrook. Il periodo è quello della transizione verso il rock-jazz di un arrangiatore molto apprezzato sia dall'establishment jazzistico dell'epoca, sia dal nuovo pubblico che stava sempre ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival

Read "Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook
Bury St. Edmunds Festival
The Church of St. John the Evangelist
May 19, 2017

Of all his many achievements, Mike Westbrook's The Westbrook Blake is one of his finest. Few works in jazz have combined music and text, voices and instrumentation, to such profound effect. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Paris

Read "Paris" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Listen to any number of Mike Westbrook records and you might want to ask, “Why doesn't he take a solo?" Aside from the occasional piano cadenza, Westbrook seems to prefer to let his compositions do the talking, ably aided by trustworthy musical confederates.

Westbrook celebrated his 80th birthday in March 2016 and Paris is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Duncan Heining

For the last few years, pianist-composer Mike Westbrook has been leading a very fine big band down in Devon but this is the first time they have made it on to CD. In fact, this is an expanded ensemble with three vocalists, two bass players, two guitarists and two drummers. The clue is in the title, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Canterbury e dintorni secondo Ferdinando Faraò

Read "Canterbury e dintorni secondo Ferdinando Faraò" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Fasano, solare cittadina pugliese in provincia di Brindisi, è da 17 anni teatro di un festival jazz eterodosso e controcorrente che, oltre a valorizzare talenti locali e a tenere alta la bandiera del jazz italiano (nel corso degli anni la rassegna ha ospitato, tra gli altri, Franco Cerri, Antonello Salis, Roberto Ottaviano, Franco D'Andrea, Stefano Bollani, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mike and Kate Westbrook: The Serpent Hit

Read "Mike and Kate Westbrook: The Serpent Hit" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Mike and Kate Westbrook have a reputation for tackling big subjects--war, European history, life and death and the nature of art and creativity. With The Serpent Hit, they turn their attention to perhaps the grandest subject of them all--the fall from grace and the loss of paradise.

This beautifully packaged CD features a gorgeous ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012

Read "London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012" reviewed by Duncan Heining

London Jazz Festival
London, England
November, 9-18, 2012
Now in its 20th year, the London Jazz Festival is a vast, all-encompassing affair. One of the great cities of the world, London's history saw it swallow village upon village and hamlet after hamlet and this can make it all seem dispersed and disconnected. It's an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Westbrook Trio: three into wonderfull

Read "three into wonderfull" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Westbrook Trio celebrates thirty years of music making with three into wonderfull, a retrospective covering the years from 1983 to 2012. Pianist and composer Mike Westbrook, vocalist Kate Westbrook and saxophonist Chris Biscoe have pursued an uncompromising path through the three decades since forming the Trio, crafting music that can be both beautiful and challenging. ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Westbrook: Art Wolf at 75

Read "Mike Westbrook: Art Wolf at 75" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine a jazz composer who began with Ellington and then moved on through Mingus. He soon encompassed rock music, Kurt Weill, Rossini, the traditions of English church music and the pastoralism of Vaughan Williams and Holst, but still found a place in his music for The Beatles, European political cabaret ...