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Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

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Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

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Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Winter's Jazz Tale

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With this episode we have decided to start picking a theme to focus on. Here we picked “Winter" as the theme for the show and we start with the Emmi U Quintet and finish with Eddy Duchin. Diverse styles but great music showcasing Winter. Playlist Emmi U Quintet “Winter Solstice" from My Bird(Intakt ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into Charly 1978Today'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 ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

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Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joe Harriott Quintet: Movement / High Spirits

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Joe Harriott QuintetMovement / High Spirits Dutton Vocalion2012 (1963/1964)The acquisition, ownership and handling of a back catalogue of classic British jazz from the sixties by first Polygram and then Universal is a story of meanness and incompetence. It meant that key recordings by the likes of saxophonists Joe ...

Live at the Union 1966

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2010
Track listing: On; Ursula; Trane's Mood; Webster's Mood; Carolling; Hot Rod.


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