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Thelonious Monk: Mønk

Read "Mønk" reviewed by Chris May

Summer 2018 has seen the release of previously unknown recordings by two giants of mid-twentieth century jazz. First we had John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!), and now Thelonious Monk's live album Mønk. Both discs were made in 1963. The breathless hyperbole which greeted the Coltrane was unjustified, if predictable, but the ...

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Thelonious Monk: Mønk

Read "Mønk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Closely following the release of John Coltrane's Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!, 2018), this year brings us another previously unreleased gem from the golden age of jazz. The status of Thelonius Monk in the early 1960s, is indisputable and this recently discovered session recorded at a live performance in Copenhagen's Old Fellow Palæet, ...

Binker and Moses: Alive In The East?

Read "Alive In The East?" reviewed by Chris May

Something wonderful is happening in London in summer 2018. A disruptive musical movement, led by an inter-connected community of young musicians, is taking jazz in vibrant new directions and finding enthusiastic new audiences. Hybridisation is the name of game, which reflects London's cultural diversity by absorbing locally created styles such as grime and broken beat within ...

Binker & Moses: Journey To The Mountain Of Forever

Read "Journey To The Mountain Of Forever" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A double album with a title--Journey To The Mountain Of Forever--straight from the annals of Prog Rock (maybe with a short diversion via the Coltranes' spiritual jazz). A cover design that's a close relation to Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy--a link made more explicit by an inner sleeve illustration that features a character in a ...

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Tubby Hayes: The Syndicate - Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1

Read "The Syndicate - Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Out of all the Tubby Hayes archival releases over the past few years, this one should by rights generate more than passing interest for several reasons. Expertly mastered by Gearbox from the original tapes and released on vinyl and digital download, it contains four gems, but one of the chief reasons for getting hold of it ...

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Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combine a British jazz-rock outfit with an American vocalist. Put them on stage at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival. Record the gig, pop the tapes in a safe place for over 40 years, then give them to the talented team at Gearbox Records. The result is Live 1970, by Nucleus With Leon Thomas, a beautifully produced, ...

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Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Roger Farbey



Almost forty five years after it was thankfully captured on tape, this first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert by British jazz rock pioneers Nucleus performing with American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas features a truly fascinating set of Thomas' repertoire and blindingly good performances all round.

This seemingly ...

Dexter Gordon: Soy Califa: Live From Magleaas Højskole 1967

Read "Soy Califa: Live From Magleaas Højskole 1967" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Tenor saxophone legend Dexter Gordon lived for much of the '60s and '70s in Copenhagen. Popular with the media as well as with the fans, Gordon was a regular on radio and TV. On the afternoon of August 5, 1967, he played a special concert at the Magleaas Højskole, a college for aspiring musicians. Danish TV ...

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Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972

Read "Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This set from the late saxophonist and flautist Tubby Hayes was extraordinary for several reasons. It featured along with his regular pianist of the time, Mike Pyne, two other virtuoso musicians, drummer Tony Oxley who repeatedly topped the Melody Maker British section jazz polls and the relatively less well known Daryl Runswick--primarily a classically trained musician ...

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Back Door: BBC In Concert

Read "BBC In Concert" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Back Door story belongs to a brief but rather glorious time in British popular music. A time when a free-blowing jazz trio could emerge from the resident band of a northern cabaret club, a summer season in seaside variety theatre, afternoon jam sessions and the band of an iconic figure from the British blues boom. ...