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Born in Tavistock, Devon in 1944, composer/multi-instrumentalist John Surman is one of the key figures in a generation of European musicians who have crucially expanded the international horizons of jazz during the past thirty years or so. Long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, Surman has also composed a body of work which extends far beyond the normal range of the jazz repertoire. Already, by the late 60s, it was clear that Surman was a phenomenon. He started out as a teenager playing the music of fellow Devonian Mike Westbrook, and then amazed the London establishment with displays of extravagant instrumental proficiency combined with a passionate, rumbustious imagination. As a soloist, Surman's early career took shape in the melting pot that produced a number of fine British musicians during the 60s

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Article: Album Review

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Blue Beginnings

Read "Blue Beginnings" reviewed by Chris May


Summer 2021 is proving to be the summer British jazz delved into its mid 1960s through mid 1970s album back catalogue and previously unreleased tape archive, with both major and specialist labels such as Jazz In Britain joining in the party. The spur to action is, of course, the new and unprecedented popularity of British jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Various: Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

Read "Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)" reviewed by Chris May


As British jazz in 2021 reaches domestic and international audiences of unprecedented size, so record companies are being emboldened to open up their archives and reissue long-buried treasures. So, too, are new labels being formed to make available recordings which have not previously been released, but which have survived in the tape libraries of the musicians ...

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Article: Interview

Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future

Read "Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future" reviewed by Chris May


Though he is far too modest to make any such claim himself, most observers agree that saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings is the standard-bearer for the new wave of jazz musicians who have emerged in London since around 2015. Hutchings is a few years older than most of the cohort. He made his debut recording in ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania

Read "Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Musicista prolifico, come leader o sideman, il pianista di origini rumene Lucian Ban presenta per la Sunnyside due lavori, entrambi ricchi di suggestione e registrati in concerto nell'identico luogo--la Baroque Hall di Timisoara, in quella Transilvania di cui l'artista è originario--e tuttavia estremamente diversi tra loro. Abraham Burton, Lucian Ban Blacksalt

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Article: Interview

Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi

Read "Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La pubblicazione dell'ultimo album di Tino Tracanna, Distilled, che è anche il debutto discografico del nuovo trio, ci ha dato l'occasione per parlare con uno dei protagonisti del jazz in Italia. Alla presentazione del nuovo lavoro segue un'ampia discussione sugli elementi costitutivi della sua musica, sugli artisti a lui più cari, sulla didattica nei ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Soho Scene '66 and '67: Jazz Goes Mod

Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Humphrey Lyttelton: The Men From Auntie; 2. Ian Hamer: What's Her Name?; 3. Mike Carr Trio: Cox's Pippin; 4. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Change of Setting; 5. Gordon Beck: Virgo; 6. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Tootin' And Flutin'; 7. Ronnie Scott: Treat It Lightly; 8. Stan Tracey Quartet: Pig and Pepper; 9. Michael Garrick: Shiva; 10. Les Condon: Freedom Monday; 11. John Surman Quartet: Blues Da Camera; 12. Alex Welsh: Bluesology; 13. Johnny Scott And His Orchestra: Punjab; 14. Danny Moss: Dear Old Stockholm; 15. Ronnie Ross: Ugetsu; 16. Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson: Afro-Charlie; 17. Neil Ardley: Big P; 18. Sonny Rollins: Themes From Alfie; 19. Freddie McCoy: Lonely Avenue; 20. Jimmy Coe: Cold Jam for Breakfast; 21. Charlie Earland Trio: The Dozens; 22. Pucho: What A Piece; 23. Jimmy Tillman: Vampire; 24. Les McCann Ltd.: Bat Man; 25. Gabor Szabo: Mizrab; 26. Milt Jackson: A Time And A Place; 27. Merl Saunders: Soul Roach; 28. Prince Lasha Ensemble: Nuttin' Out Jones; 29. Hugh Masekela: Unhlanhla; 30. Richard "Groove" Holmes: Boo-D-Doo; 31. The Three Sounds: Mohair Sam; 32. Birds Of Paradise: Bossa Blue Port; 33. Freddie Roach: One Track Mind; 34. Jimmy McGriff: Hallelujah; 35. Sarah Cantine: Feeling Good; 36. Eric Kloss: Just For Fun-K; 37. Ken Jensen Quartet: Captain Jack; 38. Gene Ludwig: Soul Mountain; 39. Milt Sealey Trio: Black Diamond; 40. Kenny Rankin: In The Name Of Love; 41. The Harry South Big Band: Limited Freedom; 42. Carmen McRae: Got To Get You Into My Life; 43. The Mike Carr Quartet: Nico's Dream; 44. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Finky Minky; 45. Joe Harriott Quintet: Strollin' South; 46. Tony Coe: Baby Blue; 47. The Stan Tracey Big Band: Murdering The Time; 48. The Johnny Scott Quintet: It's For You; 49. The Dave Lee Quintet: Time Check; 50. Dudley Moore Trio: Rupert's Romp; 51. Dick Morrissey Quartet: Le Roi; 52. Georgie Fame Quartet: Serves Me Right To Suffer; 53. The Mike Carr Quartet: Bells Blues; 54. Ike Isaacs: Sad September; 55. Eric Delaney: Blues March Eric Delaney & Louie Bellson; 56. Humphrey Lyttelton: Blue Monk; 57. Johnny Hawksworth: Listen To Music; 58. Stan Tracey Quartet: Everywhere Derriere; 59. Curtis Amy: Mustang; 60. Young Holt Unlimited: Yon Gimmie Thum; 61. Johnny Lytle Quintet: ‎Gonna Get That Boat; 62. Fred Ramirez: Comin' Home Baby; 63. Jerome Richardson: Sunny; 64. Les McCann: Bucket O' Grease; 65. The Jimmy Owens - Kenny Barron Quintet: You Had Better Listen; 66. Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One: Luke; 67. Chico O'Farrill And His Orchestra: Hip Hug Her; 68. Byrdie Green: In The Dark; 69. Cash McCall: You Ain’t Too Cool; 70. Hank Jacobs: East Side; 71. Johnny Hammond: Dirty Apple; 72. Latin Jazz Quintet: Daria; 73. Freddie McCoy: Peas 'n' Rice; 74. Lionel Hampton: Greasy Greens; 75. Harold Johnson Sextet: Sorry Bout That; 76. Ray Pettis: 2 Step; 77. Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers: Quiet Village; 78. The Soul Society: The Sidewinder.

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


2020 was a wretched year in many respects. In the jazz world alone, a number of musicians succumbed to COVID-19 and live performance almost became non-existent. Despite all that there were still a lot of stimulating and excellent recordings released in the past year. Here is a list of my personal best. Some reflected the issues ...

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Article: Lyrics

Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100

Read "Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100" reviewed by Vic Albani


Nel nefasto 2020 molte celebrazioni, anniversari e festival a tema hanno dovuto arrendersi all'emergenza Covid-19 anche se, in calendario, ne sono rimasti alcuni davvero irrinunciabili. Uno di questi è il centenario della nascita del signor Charlie Parker, nato a Kansas City il 29 agosto 1920 e scomparso poi a New York nella primavera del 1955. Ad ...


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