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John Taylor was born in Manchester (25th September 1942) and first came to the attention of the jazz audience in 1969 when he partnered saxophonists Alan Skidmore and John Surman. He was later reunited with Surman in the short-lived group Morning Glory and in the 1980’s with Miroslav Vitous’s quartet. In the early 1970s he was accompanist to the singer Cleo Laine and started to compose for his own sextet. John also worked with many visiting artists at Ronnie Scott’s club and later became a member of Ronnie’s quintet. In 1977 John formed the trio Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler

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Article: Interview

Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, First Half

Read "England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, First Half" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A few days ago, England and Italy faced each other in the finals of the European Soccer Cup. It was a compelling match with a nail-biting end between two teams that exceeded expectations and that promise to have a brilliant future. Italy won in a penalty shootout because in sports--especially in the finals of a tournament--there ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra: Tales from the Jacquard

Read "Tales from the Jacquard" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'eredità orchestrale britannica, rappresentata dagli eclettici lavori di Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Django Bates e Colin Towns, si rinnova in questo brillante debutto da bandleader di Julian Siegel. Nato a Nottingham 55 anni fa, Siegel è uno dei massimi sassofonisti del Regno Unito, leader di un quartetto e sideman in molte formazioni orchestrali: da ...

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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: Album Review

Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una ristampa da non perdere. Questo concerto in duo di Norma Winstone e John Taylor dell'agosto 1988 esisteva in una rara edizione su cassetta del 1999 della Enodoc Records e documentava una performance estemporanea data alla Guildhall Music School di Londra. La Winstone e il suo marito d'allora (nonché partner negli Azimuth e in altri organici) ...

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Paolo Paliaga e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Paolo Paliaga e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Più che “mia" direi nostra. La forza dell'Alboran Trio risiede nel fatto di essere frutto di un lavoro collettivo in cui collaboriamo anziché competere. Con Ferdinando Faraò il progetto è ripartito con grande entusiasmo proprio perché non abbiamo bisogno di parlare, spiegare e razionalizzare il lavoro. Io scrivo ...

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The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc One: Dreams; Forever; Merry-Go-Round. Disc Two: Chaturanga; Manhattan Variation; Vienna; Robatsch Defense; Kingside Breakthrough.

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Article: Interview

Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park

Read "Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


With a persistently active live and equally dynamic release schedule in his back pocket, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius continues to push the boundaries of the straight-ahead approach to jazz into a more modern context. Since his first recording as a leader--2006's self-released Lucid Dream featuring a cast of fellow Berklee College of Music Students from the ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May


Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s ...


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