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All That's Jazz

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The black and white photographs of some of the interviewees are also worthy of mention—these are some way beyond the normal, familiar, PR shots. Ms Stein has been granted access to original photographs by the late Freddy Warren taken at London's Ronnie Scott's Club that were rescued by his nephew following a fire. The shots used include great exclusive images of Tubby Hayes, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Stan Tracey and Sonny Rollins that enhance the "history" chapter in particular. There are several other more contemporary shots too—Daniel Laskowski's picture of Colin Webster, Ziga Koritnik's picture of Mats Gustafsson and Sam Eastmond's self-portrait peeking through a brass instrument are particular stand outs but there are many others.

In summary "All That's Jazz" is a highly enjoyable read that covers the biggest issues facing the music today in an enthusiastic and stimulating way. The breadth of the topic inevitably means that not all of the areas covered or the musicians interviewed will coincide with any individual reader's tastes, but the writing is top notch and the contributions from industry figures add another dimension. As a summation of the state of jazz today Sammy Stein is an engaging guide with a wholehearted positive touch, not to mention some interesting exclusive material. Really what's not to like?

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