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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman.

“I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Harriott Quintet: Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form

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Swing Low, Sweet Harriott

I don't think Joe Harriott's entire catalogue has ever been available at one time. Even in his heyday in the sixties, much of the 1950s material was unavailable. From the seventies onwards, things got really dire. Now that so much is out of copyright, Harriott's work is increasingly being reissued ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Coleridge Goode: 100 Not Out!

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To celebrate the 100th birthday of Jamaican-born bassist Coleridge Goode, All About Jazz publishes Duncan Heining's 2012 interview with Goode. A remarkable man and musician, the bassist connects aspects of British jazz from the 1930s through the war years and on through the fifties, sixties and seventies. He played with Caribbean-born and black British jazz pioneers ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joe Harriott Quintet: Movement / High Spirits

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Joe Harriott Quintet

Movement / High Spirits
Dutton Vocalion

2012 (1963/1964)

The acquisition, ownership and handling of a back catalogue of classic British jazz from the sixties by first Polygram and then Universal is a story of meanness and incompetence. It meant that key recordings by the likes of saxophonists Joe ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?

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The Jamaican saxophhonist Joe Harriott was, without doubt, one of the most important and innovative jazz musicians to emerge in Britain in the fifties and early sixties. He arrived in Britain in 1951 with Ozzie Da Costa's band, which was en route for an engagement in Germany playing US army bases. Much to his erstwhile boss's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story

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Almost 40 years after his death in 1973 at just 44 years of age, Joe Harriott's talent, imagination and impact on the development of jazz in Britain are gaining greater recognition than ever. Indeed, The Joe Harriott Story, an exceptional 4-disc box set of music from the alto saxophonist, is both a reflection of this belated ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

So Why Can't Jazz Guitarists Play Chords?

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This edition of JazzLife UK starts about as far from Britain as it's possible to get in the USA without toppling head first into the Pacific. It returns to its spiritual and physical homeland of Norfolk, where it can happily hide from the real world until next time, and looks forward to a festival that combines ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

2011 British Parliamentary Jazz Awards Are Announced

2011 British Parliamentary Jazz Awards Are Announced

On May 18 the Terrace Bar of the House of Commons played host to the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards—the seventh such awards, sponsored by PPL. Hosted by broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, many MPs, peers and renowned jazz musicians were present on the night including Jamie Cullum, Dame Cleo Laine and Lord David Steel of Aikwood. The awards ...