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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kate Westbrook: GRANITE

Read "GRANITE" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Over the years, Kate Westbrook has recorded an impressive number of albums with her husband Mike; from 1975's For The Record onwards. She's released a clutch under her own name too, including Good-Bye Peter Lorre (2005), Cuff Clout (2004) and The Nijinska Chamber (2006)--all on Voiceprint Records. Without doubt, her vocal delivery is stylised and idiosyncratic, ...

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. ...

GRANITE

Read "GRANITE" reviewed by Duncan Heining

GRANITE is Kate Westbrook's fourth solo album, though saying so seems quite an artificial point given her partnership with husband Mike Westbrook over so many recordings. As he is quick to point out, Kate's texts are crucial to the shaping of compositions and projects.

That said, GRANITE is Kate Westbrook's most ambitious record to ...

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, ...