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John Mayall

John Mayall - vocal, harmonica, organ, piano, guitar, John Mayall was born 29th of November 1933 in Macclesfield, a small English village near the industrial hub of Manchester—a far cry at that time from the black American blues culture we are familiar with today. The eldest of three from humble working class origins, and in the shadow of WWII, this skinny English lad grew up listening to his guitarist father's extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbor's piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. John Mayall's first brush with fame, however, was not for his music

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Ernie Watts: Home Light

Read "Home Light" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto a 73 anni, con alle spalle una ricca e variegata carriera di collaborazioni entro e fuori il mondo del jazz, Ernie Watts predilige da oltre un decennio il suo quartetto con i tedeschi Christof Saenger al pianoforte, Rudi Engel al contrabasso ed Heinrich Koebberling alla batteria. Home Light giunge esattamente 50 anni dopo ...

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Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after ...

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Joanne Shaw Taylor: Reckless Heart

Read "Reckless Heart" reviewed by Doug Collette

In marked contrast to Joanne Shaw Taylor's somewhat constrained approach on Wild (Silvertone/Sony, 2018), this 'girl with the big voice from the Black Country' of Britain wastes no time on the aptly-titled Restless Heart. The hell-bent-for-leather abandon with which she leads “In The Mood" lives up to its suggestive title, and packs all the more punch ...

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John Mayall: Nobody Told Me

Read "Nobody Told Me" reviewed by Doug Collette

Over the course of some fifty-plus years, the bands of John Mayall have served as a proving ground for some estimable guitarists. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green are just the most famous axemen who've aided and abetted “The Godfather of British Blues." Yet, in all that extended time, he has never before had a ...

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Colosseum II: War Dance

Read "War Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Colosseum was established in 1968, following drummer Jon Hiseman--who sadly passed away in 2018 --and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's affiliation with Graham Bond's Organisation, and John Mayall's now historic Bluesbreakers collective. As history dictates these bands became proving grounds for artists such as guitarists John McLaughlin (Graham Bond) and Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers) amid others notables too numerous ...

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Naima/Live in Berlin

Read "Naima/Live in Berlin" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

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Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

Read "Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars" reviewed by Doug Collette

Eric Clapton Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Eagle Vision 2018 There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...

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Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman

In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

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Mike Westbrook Concert Band: The Last Night At The Old Place

Read "The Last Night At The Old Place" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This live recording which took place on 25th May 1968, celebrated the last night at Ronnie Scott's Club in London's Gerrard Street. Scott and his business partner Pete King moved the club in 1965 to its current location in Frith Street, but as the lease had a couple of years left to run they generously handed ...


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