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Over the past two decades The Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts, has been able to pursue his passion for jazz, playing in a variety of settings whenever he wasn't otherwise engaged with the "World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band." In 1985, he formed a big band and toured the States, ultimately releasing Live at Fulham Town Hall on the Sony label. In 1991, he formed a small group to pay homage to the music that first grabbed him while growing up in London. In a span of five years, The Charlie Watts Quintet released a series of stellar recordings — From One Charlie, Tribute To Charlie Parker, Warm And Tender and Long Ago And Far Away. Next came Charlie's heartfelt collaboration with Jim Keltner, The Charlie Watts / Jim Keltner Project, in tribute to their favorite drummers with each track titled after a different hero

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1

Read "The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Certain musicians like to stick to a formula. Others, like Elvis Costello (featured today), continually reinvent themselves. Looking back at Costello's career, it seems like his sense of adventurous restlessness has been both the cause and the effect of his many high-profile collaborations, including those in the jazz world—from Michael Leonhart to Roy Nathanson, from the ...

News: Obituary

Charlie Watts (1941-2021)

Charlie Watts (1941-2021)

In most photos of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts always looked like the band's accountant. Unlike Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman, he didn't seem to fit in nor did it appear in photos that he wanted to. And in many ways he didn't. Watts, at the tail end of the 1950s, was ...

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Article: Film Review

The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach DVD/CD

Read "The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach DVD/CD" reviewed by Doug Collette


Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach UME/Mercury Studios/Rolling Stones Records 2021 Rolling Stones concerts have been synonymous with spectacle since the Seventies, but never more so than in recent years, especially in the case of their free concerts as documented on A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 3: Full Force Gail" of Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz by David Burke (Desert Hearts, 2021). In the 1980s, a new generation of black British musicians began to reconfigure the country's jazz scene, changing the face -and sound-of what had previously been a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Andy Jaffe, Chick Corea & Christian McBride

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Joined by the Slovak Radio Orchestra, composer Andy Jaffe kicks off episode 688 of Neon Jazz. From there, we delve into a host of veteran musicians who released great music during 2020 including Marilyn Crispell, Helena Kay and a few others. We sadly say goodbye to legendary jazz musician Chick Corea who passed suddenly at the ...

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Article: Film Review

Rolling Stones: Steel Wheels Live

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The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Live Eagle Rock Entertainment 2020 The Rolling Stones have previously covered their Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones, 1989) tour on Live At The Tokyo Dome 1990 (Eagle, 2012), but given its significance in their career timeline, it's no surprise that the band has decided to revisit ...

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Article: Film Review

Rolling Stones: Bridges To Buenos Aires

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Rolling Stones Bridges To Buenos Aires Eagle Rock Entertainment 2019 Bridges to Buenos Aires is the second Rolling Stones concert release this year from the iconic band's world tour in support of Bridges to Babylon (Virgin America, 1997). And, while the decision may be questionable from a marketing point of view ...

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Article: Book Review

Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters

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Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters Mike Edison 264 pages ISBN: #978-1493047734 Backbeat Books 2019 Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters is a schizophrenic piece of work. But, as befits a book wherein the main title and subtitle could be transposed with no loss of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hal Willner, Nino Rota & Beyond

Read "Hal Willner, Nino Rota & Beyond" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For Today's episode we go back in time to 1981, the year in which Amarcord Nino Rota by producer Hal Willner was released. 37 years later it remains a reference record and one of the greatest tribute albums ever produced, and recently remastered and re-released by Corbett vs. Dempsey. We take a look back at the ...


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