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Jamie Oehlers' Double Drummer Group: You R Here

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After years of neglect, it would seem as if the electric jazz of the 1970s is finally coming back into favour. With direct explorations of the Miles Davis legacy by Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith and Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra, plus the creation of new music in this style by Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas and ...

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Tina May: A Wing and a Prayer

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Even though she has over ten discs to her name, Tina May is still little known in the wider jazz world. A regular performer in clubs and arts centres in Britain and Europe, she has never had the major label backing that seems to be required to catapult a jazz singer into the public eye.

For ...

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Norma Winstone with the NDR Bigband: It's Later Than You Think

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The world of the hardened jazz fan has had little room for the “jazz singer" in recent times. Resentment at the popular and commercial success of certain well-known names has resulted in many listeners turning their backs completely on vocal jazz--which is a pity, as they will miss out on enthralling musicians like Norma Winstone.

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Bobby Wellins: When the Sun Comes Out

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It's a cliché of jazz commentary that live is best, yet frequently the recorded evidence of a recalled performance can be disappointing. The impact of atmosphere, personal mood and other extraneous factors in enhancing the enjoyment of a concert can often be overlooked.

When the Sun Comes Out was recorded at the Appleby Jazz Festival in ...

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Julia Biel: Not Alone

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This isn't a jazz record, but I imagine it will arouse much more interest from jazz enthusiasts than many of the recent crop of vocal albums that have earned “jazz is back" credits in the mainstream press.

Julia Biel has been working with the musicians of the F-IRE Collective on a number of their recent projects. ...

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The Andrea Keller Quartet: Angels and Rascals

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British blues enthusiasts often reflect on how, in the '50s and early '60s, they chanced upon what seemed like music from another planet. Tracks heard on crackly US service radio frequencies, or the acquisition of the occasional record brought in by a merchant seaman uncle, opened up worlds of sound that bore no relation to what ...

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Christine Tobin: Romance and Revolution

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In recent years jazz public enemy number one seems to have shifted from “smooth jazz" to “jazz vocalists." The heavy promotion and subsequent success of the Kralls, Cullums, and Monheits has almost given vocals in jazz a bad name. It has become much more difficult for a genuinely distinctive singer to be taken seriously in the ...

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Pino Minafra: Terronia

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An alternative visual image of jazz from the classic view staged on the streets of Manhattan might be the scenes from The Talented Mr. Ripley, where jazz accompanies fast drives over rugged Mediterranean coastal terrain and the principal rooting around '50s LP sleeves in a city store. Italy has had a long love affair with jazz, ...

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Liam Noble: Romance Among The Fishes

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If some of the commentary in the jazz press is to be believed, it can only be a matter of time before European jazz musicians sail up the Potomac to burn Washington again. Jazz in America, so the thesis goes, is dead. The baton has been passed to Europe.

Such ideas would presumably be quite puzzling ...

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Tim Garland: If the Sea Replied

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Tim Garland's wider profile probably stems from the reed player's work with Chick Corea, Bill Bruford's Earthworks, and his trio with Joe Locke and Geoff Keezer. Yet he has an extensive discography of solo recordings and collaborations stretching back to the folk-based band Lammas, which first brought him to notice in the 1990s.

He is one ...