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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Mnemosyne

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Half a decade ago, the visionary in Manfred Eicher met the marketing man head-on and the first collaboration between ECM's most popular artists - and an album called Officium - bridged the outwardly alien worlds of mediaeval ecclesiastical vocal harmony and Jazz saxophone. Garbarek's purity and economy of sound and his independence from the rhythmic history ...

Glenn Miller: Miller plays Mercer

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Chapter 1 - in which the cat gets the cream. The Miller band at the height of their powers playing sixteen lapidary lyrical gems from Porter's equal, Johnny Mercer, recorded when both were flying. And although Mercer's albums with Benny Goodman are better celebrated, Miller's respect for the man he called the best matches Mercer smile ...

Andy Summers: Green Chimneys

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What an albatross to have the Police hanging round your neck. So when it's all over, the singer gets even more famous and corners the market in sophisticated JazzRock, the drummer gets on with spending the money and stretching into movies and session fun, and the guitarist gets to play whatever he wants.

Which has ...

David Sanborn: Inside

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Since the days when he left his hometown St Louis to play for the Butterfield Blues Band during the sixties Blues boom in California, Sanborn has worked hard at staying top dog among the LA studio sessioneers - and succeeded.

He has also commuted effortlessly between sophisticated Jazzpop solo albums stressing his distinctive alto tone ...

Audra McDonald: Way Back To Paradise

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If it hadn't been for a minor accident last month, you'd have seen a lot more column inches for this celebrated young Broadway diva. Delaying her first singing dates in the UK, although not the release of her first Nonesuch set, the interruption could yet prove useful to her career outside her native USA, because this ...

Bugge Wesseltoft: New Conception Of Jazz Sharing

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Which brings us to Norwegian Grammy-winning pianist and composer Wesseltoft's latest for his own Jazzland label. Halfway between the lounge lizard irony of Dimitri from Paris and the lyrical quartet settings of Dave Brubeck or the acoustic Herbie Hancock, Sharing is one of those mould-breaking sets that tend to outlast the vagaries of musical fashion.

Branford Marsalis: Requiem

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For ten years or so, since Crazy People Music back in 1990, Branford Marsalis has steered well clear of the definitive in Jazz. He's played sax with Sting, Tina Turner, and Gangstarr, led Jay Leno's Tonight Show band, toured with Dizzy, made movies with Danny De Vito, recorded Blues-based albums starring B B King and Lightnin' ...


Various Artists: All Night Jazz

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You can buy Linn Products hi-fi from Glasgow to Bombay to Tokyo, and a lot of people do. I wonder how many realise that the same company has a kid sister operation called Linn Records that believes in the same Grails: quality, precision and musicality. And one more at least - that Scottish talent is the ...


Various Artists: A New Generation - Twelve Urban Jazz Grooves

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Apart from its central Soho location (just up the road from Ronnie Scott's) and its reputation for prestige and exciting food, Terence Conran's mega café Mezzo has also being bolting on some class jazz to its weekday line-ups for a while now. And although neither the club nor the regular clientele are as committed to the ...


Various Artists: Brasil 2mil and Beleza Tropical 2

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After one too many Sunday mornings lugging half the contents of Tesco around bits of south London dampened by profoundly unconvincing snowflakes, I reach for something tropical. So perhaps it's no coincidence that both Luaka Bop and the Austrian jazz-to-pop Ziriguiboom label fancy their chances with compilations of new Brasilian jazz at this time of year. ...