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Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who

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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

Jazz And Death: Reception, Rituals And Representations

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Jazz and Death: Reception, Rituals and Representations Walter van de Leur 200 Pages ISBN: 9781138553422 Routledge 2023 The title might seem a tad non-felicitous, but it surely invites reflection. How do we respond to and commemorate jazz musicians' deaths? In what ways do these rituals manifest themselves from one ...

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Lee Meehan: Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars

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Guitarist Lee Meehan has been a key player in Dublin blues and soul bands since the early 2000s. The blues proved to be a handy apprenticeship for the jazz degree Meehan would later pursue, graduating from Dublin City University in 2019. And it is to jazz that Meehan turns on his debut album as leader, a ...

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John Donegan - The Irish Sextet: Light Streams

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Irish pianist John Donegan may not be a household name, but the Cork musician has walked with giants, playing with the likes of Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel and Ireland's own jazz great, guitarist Louis Stewart. He has also been on something of a roll with his Irish sextet, with Light Streams quickly following on ...

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Josh White: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

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Josh White could probably have made a career just as a singer, but for his wonderful guitar playing. Good job he refused doctors' advice to have his left hand amputated after a bar fight when he was just 22. An influence on everyone from Peter Seeger to Elvis Presley and Harry Belafonte, and from John Fahey ...

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Eddie Henderson: Everything Changes

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Eddie Henderson made his name in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band in the early 1970s, at the dawn of jazz-fusion--a new frontier. It was undoubtedly a launching pad that saw the New York-born trumpeter go on to play with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and McCoy Tyner. Yet ...

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Stella Bass: Look For The Silver Lining

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It is an enviable trait to always look for the silver lining in troubled times. For Dublin vocalist Stella Bass, when gigs dried up during the Covid pandemic, the silver lining was the gift of time. She did not waste it, studying music production with Berklee College, Boston, and music composition & arranging with Studio Orchestrations, ...

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Sooäär, Yaralyan, Ounaskari: Zula

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A group sound is a precious thing. It may take years to develop, or it might spring, fully fledged, from the offing. Either way, it is a calling card and a brand. Tinkering with it too much might risk alienating loyal fans. The trio of Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär, Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and Armenian bassist ...

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Jutta Hipp: Remembering Blue Note's Trailblazer

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"She's a great pianist. She's better than Toshiko [Akiyoshi], incidentally. You've heard of Jutta Hipp?" So opined Charles Mingus in Thomas Reichman's documentary film Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968. Mingus was speaking about German- born pianist Jutta Hipp (1925-2003), who, in 1956, became the first woman to sign for Blue Note Records. For ...

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Bévort 3: Northbound

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The seven-year itch between Bévort 3's debut recording, Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014) and On Fire (Gateway Music, 2021) thankfully seems to have been a one-off. Just two years after Live 2020-2021 (Gateway Music, 2022), the trio led by renowned Danish saxophonist Pernille Bevort is back with Northbound. Once again, Bévort is joined by bassist Morten ...


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