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Mark Mondesir

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Immersed in music before birth but discovered the drums at 12 years old by fluke. Took it seriously at 16. Largely self taught by listening to records & tapes & watching drummers. After years of playing more groove orientated music(Prog Rock, Funk & Fusion) I focused on learning about Jazz after attending the Weekend Arts Centre Workshops run by Ian Carr. This is where I met Julian Joseph, who in turn, introduced me to Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson etc. We would meet after the workshop to conduct our own jam sessions honing our "jazz chops." This led to playing jams at the Atlantic pub in Brixton with courtney at a time when the media started to pay attention to him

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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Clarke Quartet: Mirage

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The bi-annual Young Jazz Musician competition was launched by Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC, in 2014. As with all arts awards, the final selection tends to be a lottery, with the judges tasked with picking a winner from among five close-matched contestants. 2020 was no exception. The final was televised on November 22 and the ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

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Ever since guitarist John McLaughlin formed the 4th Dimension--his first electric fusion band in a decade--fans have been hoping he'd dig a little further into his back catalog. The wait is over with The Boston Record, a live album recorded in 2013 at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This isn't 4th Dimension's first live ...

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Article: Opinion

Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

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The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

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Article: Interview

John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery

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Shortly after completing a successful European tour with the 4th Dimension, guitarist John McLaughlin has some time to put his well-traveled feet up at his home in Monaco and reflect on the evolution of this band, its second CD, Now Here This (Abstract Logix, 2012), and the mysteries of live performance. Yet, just two days before ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension: Now Here This

Read "Now Here This" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Guitarist John McLaughlin and his 4th Dimension group's studio debut, To The One (Abstract Logix, 2010), mined the past for inspiration. The spirit of saxophonist John Coltrane's A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1965) drove McLaughlin's most charged electric playing in years, proving he'd lost none of his fire. Two years on, and McLaughlin's 4th Dimension returns another ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Michael Gibbs and the NDR Bigband: Back in the Days

Read "Michael Gibbs and the NDR Bigband: Back in the Days" reviewed by John Kelman


Michael Gibbs and the NDR BigbandBack in the DaysCuneiform Records2012Jazz may be filled with reharmonizations, reinventions and reimaginings of songs from across its entire history; few artists have, however, made their names solely as composers and arrangers. Relative youngsters like Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza and Darcy James Argue ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Various Artists: The New Universe Music Festival 2010 - Abstract Logix Live!

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Various Artists The New Universe Music Festival 2010: Abstract Logix Live! Abstract Logix 2011 On November 20-21 2010, Raleigh, North Carolina became the destination for fans of cutting edge fusion/improvised music, drawn from all over the world by the embarrassment of riches that the New Universe Music festival offered in tribute ...


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