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ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

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We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Geoffrey Eales: Transcience

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Transience is Welsh pianist/composer Geoffrey Eales' thirteenth release dating back to 1999. All of the words and music are by Eales, and he has taken this opportunity to express in music his feelings about how ephemeral human existence is in general, but also specifically of the passing within the past year of his mother, as well ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2015

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National Music Forum
Jazztopad 2015
Wroclaw, Poland
November 21-25, 2015

The city of Wroclaw by the Odra River in the southwest of Poland has occupied a pre-eminent position throughout its long, turbulent history, and it still does. Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival is a relatively young one. This year celebrated had ...

Babelfish: Chasing Rainbows

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Lightness. Lightness of touch, of voice, of mood. That's the defining characteristic of Chasing Rainbows, the second album by UK quartet Babelfish.

The line-up is the same as that on debut album Babelfish (Moletone Records, 2012). Vocalist Brigitte Beraha and pianist Barry Green are the band's writers. Bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Paul Clarvis ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

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Recorded less than a year before his death, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler's swan song is a document that sings with smoldering beauty and palpable heartache--all captured in the typically sublime detail that has become the trademark of the ECM label.

Wheeler concentrates on flugelhorn throughout, and his long-time association with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

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With the passing of Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler--Kenny Wheeler to his legion of friends and fans--the world lost yet another significant figure in the history of jazz from the mid-'60s through to the second decade of the new millennium, the artist that Norma Winstone (more often than not his singer of choice) called “the Duke Ellington ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Surman at Seventy

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John Surman, Chris Laurence & Trans4mation Quartet
Kings Place
London Jazz Festival
November 14, 2014

The first Friday of this year's London Jazz festival saw John Surman celebrating his seventieth birthday at Kings Place near King's Cross Station. The venue is about as far as it could get from anyone's ...

Kenny Wheeler: Six for Six

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L'ultimo lavoro del grande musicista anglo-canadese Kenny Wheeler pubblicato dalla Cam Jazz in realtà non è il più recente, essendo stato registrato nel 2008. Ben prima dunque di The Long Waiting, realizzato qualche anno dopo con l'ausilio di una big band, con il quale condivide molti dei temi e dei musicisti impiegati. Il sestetto impiegato è ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Kenny Wheeler: Six for Six

Read "Kenny Wheeler: Six for Six" reviewed by John Kelman

When artists move into their eighties, every new album is a gift. It's difficult enough for any octogenarian musician to maintain his/her game, but especially horn players, for whom embouchure and breath are so essential to tone and reach. Six for Six is, however, a curious gift from expat Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, who's made Britain ...