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Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

Read "Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons" reviewed by Duncan Heining

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 ...

Harry Beckett: Still Happy

Read "Still Happy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was known across the jazz world, respected as a major player on the UK scene for many years, winning the Melody Maker Trumpeter of the Year award in 1972 and recording or performing with a host of musicians including Louis Moholo, John Dankworth and John Surman. Like many jazz players he was in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
Ronnie Scott's
EFG London Jazz festival
November 20, 2014

One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Weller: The First Cut

Read "The First Cut" reviewed by Roger Farbey

From the opening few bars of the first track “Jubileevit" it's clear that this is not the usual jazz rock ensemble. An insistent and memorable riff clearly sets out this long-departed band's métier. The majestic intro to “Dog and Bull Fight" gives way to a hugely satisfying theme, marrying the disparate qualities that made the Mahavishnu ...

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On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet

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Though it was only a 12-hour flight from Singapore to London, for Singaporean organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine tenor saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan--who together make up the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet--the journey has, in some ways, been a much longer one; you could say it's a journey ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Toshiko Akiyoshi: The Music Keeps Her Young

Read "Toshiko Akiyoshi: The Music Keeps Her Young" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Billy Taylor, now in his eighty-ninth year, once recorded an album titled Music Keeps Us Young. I'm a firm believer in that and could point to several notable examples, one of whom is composer / pianist / bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi who was in Albuquerque and Santa Fe last month with husband Lew Tabackin to headline ...

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Evan Parker Trio at the Vortex in London

Read "Evan Parker Trio at the Vortex in London" reviewed by John Sharpe

Evan Parker Trio
The Vortex
London, England
July 16, 2009



“Support your local heroes!" is an injunction that should be familiar to every jazz fan. And that's what the Vortex Jazz Bar does on a regular basis by giving saxophone master Evan Parker a slot, usually on ...

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Peter King

Read "Peter King" reviewed by Martin Longley

Even though the English alto saxophonist Peter King has only occasionally appeared in New York, over the decades he's visited often enough to be very gradually establishing a connection with the city's scene. This month, King is part of Made In The UK, a touring package organized and funded by The Arts Council Of England, with ...