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Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...


Mike Westbrook: Live 1972

Read "Live 1972" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La meritoria etichetta inglese Hux Records recupera un live piuttosto raro del 1972 che vede protagonista una versione molto ridotta, in termini numerici, della famosa orchestra jazz del pianista Mike Westbrook. Il periodo è quello della transizione verso il rock-jazz di un arrangiatore molto apprezzato sia dall'establishment jazzistico dell'epoca, sia dal nuovo pubblico che stava sempre ...


Atlantic Bridge: Atlantic Bridge

Read "Atlantic Bridge" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pianist Mike McNaught already had form as an evangelist of pop-inspired jazz, as witnessed on his previous group The London Jazz Four's 1967 Polydor release Take A New Look At The Beatles. However, on this eponymously titled idiosyncratic marriage of jazz and pop, Atlantic Bridge has a stab at two Beatles numbers and three Jim Webb ...


Roger Garfitt, Nikki Iles, John Williams Octet: In All My Holy Mountain

Read "In All My Holy Mountain" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The amalgamation of poetry with jazz is not a new concept. Jack Kerouac was reading his words accompanied by Steve Allen on piano on the album Poetry For The Beat Generation way back in 1959 and over the water in 1963 The Michael Garrick Trio with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane released the EP Blues For ...

Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Oliv & Familie

Read "Oliv & Familie" reviewed by Vic Albani

Quando ci si trova davanti alla recensione di un disco come questo o si decide per un agile volumetto di una trentina di pagine oppure sarebbe meglio lasciare correre. Dato che però gli amici di All about jazz si arrabbierebbero se propinassi loro una recensione di trenta pagine, scelgo la strada della pillola anche perché potrebbe ...


Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

Read "Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into" reviewed by John Kelman

Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

Today's Rediscovery pays tribute to a musician who has been dead for over 30 years but whose brief body of work remains a seminal part of the British Canterbury scene that included groups like Soft Machine, Caravan and Hatfield and The North ...


Ian Carr: Belladonna

Read "Ian Carr: Belladonna" reviewed by John Kelman

Ian Carr

Today's Rediscovery? British trumpeter Ian Carr's Belladonna, a gem of an album that's also the coming out party for soon-to-be-legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

A album I'd not heard in the decade since I wrote the retrospective Ian Carr And Nucleus: '70s British Jazz Rock ...


Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper

Read "Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper" reviewed by Colin Harper

Exclusive extract adapted from Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
By Colin Harper. Published (UK and US) March 26, 2014 by Jawbone Press

“British jazz is awash with young talent which, given a healthy set of circumstances and a fair share of work, could produce a generation of ...


The Ronnie Scott Quintet Featuring Alan Skidmore: The Ronnie Scott Quintet Featuring Alan Skidmore

Read "The Ronnie Scott Quintet Featuring Alan Skidmore" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

According to Philip Larkin, poet and jazz fan, sexual intercourse began in 1963 “Between the end of the 'Chatterley' ban and the Beatles' first LP." Many other commentators suggest that the British jazz scene died at about the same time, steamrollered out of the way by the emerging behemoth that was the British Beat Boom. It ...