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Eric Patrick Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in his grandparents’ home at 1 The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England. He was the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929, d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (b. 21 March 1920, d. 1985), a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during World War II. Before Eric was born, Fryer returned to his wife in Canada. It was extraordinarily difficult for an unmarried 16-year-old to raise a child on her own in the mid-1940s. Pat’s parents, Rose and Jack Clapp, stepped in as surrogate parents and raised Eric as their own

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Article: Play This!

Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who

Read "Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The blues was always close to Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher's heart. He covered tunes by Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Melvin Jackson, Otis Rush, Blind Boy Fuller, Rosco Gordon, Bo Carter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Son House. He also recorded with Muddy Waters, Albert King and Albert Collins. This Muddy Waters song from the million-selling live ...

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Article: Book Review

Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

Read "Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon Joel Selvin 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1635768992 Diversion Books2024 In keeping with the title of Drums & Demons, Joel Selvin's account of The Tragic Story of Jim Gordon is a schizophrenic piece of work. A seasoned journalist who's distinguished himself with ...

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Article: Album Review

Sarah L King: Fire Horse

Read "Fire Horse" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Starting her musical path with coaching from Mike King, one of the UK's leading contemporary vocal coaches, Sarah L King (no relation), surfaced as a solo jazz vocalist, releasing an EP of standards and several singles. Her passage was helped by a family heritage consisting of an accomplished jazz trumpeter father and an orchestral conductor grandmother. ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Beck: Beck Bogert & Appice Live In Japan 1973 Live In London 1974

Read "Beck Bogert & Appice Live In Japan 1973 Live In London 1974" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Will the real Jeff Beck please raise his guitar strumming hand? Will it be the musician who's recognized as one of only a handful of Brit Invasion guitar gods from the 1960s that includes Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page? Will it be the man who absorbed a gritty blues “message in a bottle" that floated across ...

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Article: Album Review

Popa Chubby: Live at G. Bluey's Juke Joint NYC

Read "Live at G. Bluey's Juke Joint NYC" reviewed by Doug Collette


When we last heard from Popa Chubby, he was on his own, producing, recording and mixing at Chubbyland, his upstate New York music compound, making the most of his time in the lock-downs of the COVID pandemic on Emotional Gangster (Dixie Frog Records, 2022). Now the man born Ted Horowitz is in his preferred element, back ...

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Article: Album Review

Shear Brass: Celebrating Sir George Shearing

Read "Celebrating Sir George Shearing" reviewed by Neil Duggan


The work of the late George Shearing, or Sir George Shearing OBE to give him his full title, is the subject of the debut album from Shear Brass, a band dedicated to playing new arrangements of his music. They are led by Shearing's great nephew, drummer Carl Gorham. The album, Celebrating Sir George Shearing, features eleven ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

A Supreme Love

Read "A Supreme Love" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Alan Skidmore is one of the finest saxophonists to come out of the United Kingdom, Europe or indeed anywhere. In fact, it was hearing Skidmore's tenor solo on “Have You Heard?" from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Decca, 1966) that encouraged a young Michael Brecker to take up the instrument. Skidmore had also served his ...

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Article: Album Review

Taj Mahal: Savoy

Read "Savoy" reviewed by Steve Yip


Folk/blues practitioner Taj Mahal's Savoy is to be savored. As one of the custodians of the blues, Mahal has long been a legend in his own time. This collection traverses a cultural-musical continuum in an indispensable residency in the annals of Black American music. The namesake of this album--the Savoy on Lenox Avenue in ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer

Read "Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer" reviewed by Jim Worsley


When the name Jeff Richman enters the conversation, there is a good chance you have nested deeply into the fusion guitarist rabbit hole. Richman recently released his eighteenth studio album XYZ (Blue Canoe, 2023), to go along with six gorgeously respectful tribute records. Now 71, the Berklee College of Music grad, has etched his name in ...


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