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Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

The Funky Side of Sonorama

Read "The Funky Side of Sonorama" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

If you look up “funk" in the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, you get the following definition: “A style of black American popular music which developed in the mid-1960s out of soul music. It is characterized above all else by complex, interlocking, syncopated rhythmic patterns in duple meter." As suggested in the quote, funk can be ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dizzy & Lead Belly: Interviews with Dave Douglas and Adam Nussbaum

Read "Dizzy & Lead Belly: Interviews with Dave Douglas and Adam Nussbaum" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

When interpreting music from the past, should contemporary musicians focus on its form or its spirit? We examine this question by interviewing Dave Douglas about his “Dizzy's Atmosphere" project and Adam Nussbaum about The Lead Belly Project album. Happy Listening! Playlist Manu Codjia, Geraldine Laurent, Christophe Marguet “Shaw' Nuff" from The Lounge ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Birmingham: Michael Chapman, Mike Heron, Trembling Bells, Ed Askew & Matt Woosey

Read "Live From Birmingham: Michael Chapman, Mike Heron, Trembling Bells, Ed Askew & Matt Woosey" reviewed by Martin Longley

Michael Chapman The Kitchen Garden Café August 7, 2017 This intimate venue in the Kings Heath suburb of Birmingham was packed to capacity for an appearance by one of ye olde folk legends of England. Singer and guitarist Michael Chapman is now in his 76th year, originally sprouting in Leeds, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Old York: Kathryn Tickell, Tom Brosseau, Breabach & Loudon Wainwright III

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Kathryn Tickell & The Side National Centre For Early Music October 17, 2016 Folk and chamber classical collide, but it's not always clear how to untangle the parts, or whether we even want to, as another entity entirely is created. The Side ensemble is a half-and-half meeting between Northumbrian piper ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Down With Jazz 2013

Read "Down With Jazz 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Down With JazzMeeting House Squarejny: Dublin, IrelandSeptember 6-8, 2013 Father Conefrey must be turning in his grave. He's surely cursing the cruel fates, for jazz you see, is alive and kicking in Dublin. On New Year's Day 1934 Father Conefrey led a 3,000-strong protest on the streets of Mohill in County ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures

Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures

Like a celebration thrown by B.B. for his countless fans, published for the occasion of his 80th birthday, The B. B. King Treasures brings remembrances, photos, and rare and personal memorabilia together in a magnificent collection from his life and career. In 1947, with a two-and-a-half dollars in his pocket and his guitar on his back, ...


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