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Jim Mullen

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Jim Mullen is a Glasgow-born jazz guitarist with a distinctive style, like Wes Montgomery before him, picking with the thumb rather than a plectrum. Jim Mullen was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto! for two albums in 1970. He then played with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express,[2] appearing on the band's first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band. It was while both musicians were touring the U.S. with AWB in the mid-70s that Mullen met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found considerable critical, if not commercial, acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen.[2] Record producer Richard Niles, who produced the band's sixth album, It's About Time, would go on to produce three solo albums for Mullen.[3] Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Pete Brown & Piblokto!, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović, David Tughan and Frank Holder. He has won many British music awards including "Best Guitar" in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000). Most recently, Jim Mullen has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr. In 2014, Mullen featured prominently on the Citrus Sun album, 'People of Tomorrow', produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick.

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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

Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More

Read "Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


March is Women's History Month and A Broad Spectrum begins another year on the air with the best of women-driven jazz music, past and present. This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Frances Coché, pianist Lara Downes and a single from trombonist Aubrey Logan plus birthday shoutouts to pianist Tomoko Ohno, vocalists Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, ...

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Introspection

Label: Sunset Blvd. Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Freddie's Flight; It Burns Me Up; Butterfly; Isola Natale; The Lady's in Love; Midnight Sun; Season of the Witch; Inner City Blues; Light My Fire; Happiness Is Just Around the Bend; Fanfare for the Common Blue Turkey. CD 2: Planet Earth Calling; Sea of Tranquility; This Wheel's on Fire; Just Me Just You; The Road to Cairo; Indian Rope Man; Sundown; Second Wind; Somebody Help Me; We Three Kings; Whenever You're Ready; Future Pilot; CD 3: Ella; Pavane; Cry Me a River; Birds of Paradise; Lament for Miss Baker; Jam Side Down; If You Could See Me Now; Homeward; Looking in the Eye of the World; Dawn of Another Day; Voices of Other Times; I've Gotta Go Now

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums

Read "New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums" reviewed by Chris May


After a lifetime trying to get on an equal footing with its American parent, British jazz has finally come of age. Since around 2015, a community of young, London-based musicians has forged a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the Caribbean and African cultural heritages of many of its vanguard players. The scene ...

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Article: Profile

Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 2

Read "Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 2" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Part 1 | Part 2 1966 was an important year in British popular music. Bob Dylan, performing with the Hawks, was booed for “going electric" at Manchester Free Trade Hall. The Rolling Stones topped the charts for the first time with “Paint It Black." The Beatles, fresh from the John Lennon “Bigger than Jesus" ...

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Article: Radio

Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer

Read "Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Besides a celebration of songs by Johnny Mercer, the broadcast includes new releases from pianist Andrea Petrity, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Karrin Allyson, Sonia Johnson, and the latest project from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science plus more birthday shout outs to bassist Jen Hodge, vocalists Janet Lawson, Holli Ross, LaVern Baker, Ernestine Anderson, ...

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Article: Radio

Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise

Read "Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The annual celebratory broadcast for Joni Mitchell included an assortment of her songs by various jazz artists, plus new releases from Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Norah Jones, saxophonist T.K. Blue, singer/poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and vibraphone artist Lolly Allen; also more birthday shout outs to Chris Conner, Betty Bryant (going strong at ...

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Article: Radio

I'll Remember April - Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Read "I'll Remember April - Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A smooth segue from Women's History into Jazz Appreciation Month, commencing with a celebration of Gene Bertoncini, Freddie Hubbard and John Pizzarelli's birthdays in the first hour and concluding with a celebration of Billie Holiday in the final hour, plus new releases from Ashley Pezzotti, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Alicia Olatuja and Claire Martin & Jim Mullen ...

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2019

Read "Brilliant Corners 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2019 The Black Box/Sonic Lab jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 2-9, 2019 For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...


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