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Martin France began his recording career at the age of 19 for ECM records. Born in Rainham in Kent, France dismissed music college in preference for on the road tuition. He, with his friend and music cohort Django Bates, had been performing with Evan Parker and Kenny Wheeler, and through their friendships had been introduced to ECM. France went on to record several albums for the label, and toured with some of their bands throughout the 80s and 90s. A further turning point for France was his role as a member of the famously democratically organised 80s big band Loose Tubes where he began long standing partnerships with many of its members

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Ken Wheeler - Some Gnu Ones

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Piece For Double Bass And Low Strings; C-Man; Baroque Piece.

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Article: Album Review

Chris Laurence: Ken Wheeler - Some Gnu Ones

Read "Ken Wheeler - Some Gnu Ones" reviewed by Chris May


The Jazz in Britain label has made its reputation with a niche catalogue of previously unavailable archive albums, mostly recorded live back in the day by jazz greats such as the saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott. With the lovely Ken Wheeler: Some Gnu Ones, the label ventures more or less into the present day with ...

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Article: Album Review

Ken Stubbs - Big Hush: I Us

Read "I Us" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Ken Stubbs (classe 1961) diventa musicista dopo aver visto la morte in faccia all'età di 14 anni quando salta da un treno in corsa pieno di tifosi, suoi compari, dei Glasgow Rangers. Tanta paura, diverse costole rotte e la decisione di chiudere con il calcio e di cambiare passione. Si innamora del sassofono alto e, dopo ...

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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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Article: Live Review

Enjoy Jazz 2019

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Alte Feuerwache and other venues Enjoy Jazz And More Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 27--November 1, 15-16, 2019 Enjoy Jazz And More this year lead me through two sections of its seven-week concert-series in October/November, with a great diversity of concerts ranging from seasoned German clarinet master Rolf Kühn to advanced ...

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Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019

Read "Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins


Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol, UK March 22-24, 2019 Pee Wee Ellis is an alternative spelling of 'funk' for many people, but on the last night of Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, we got a reminder of his roots deep in jazz. In the full to capacity St. George's ...

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Article: Interview

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

Read "Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Welsh pianist and composer, Huw Warren, has been an important voice on the British jazz scene for many years. With a seemingly endless appetite for music, Warren has both been delving into Brazilian music with singer Maria Pia de Vito and played ethereal folk-inspired jazz music with another singer, June Tabor, in the trio Quercus. He ...

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Article: Album Review

Django Bates / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Django Bates stellar career has been far less celebrated than it deserves to be, at least on this, somewhat myopic, side of the Atlantic. Born in Kent, on the outskirts of London, he has achieved prominence as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. In the early part of his career he created Human Chain and the ...

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Geoffrey Eales: Transcience

Read "Transcience" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Transience is Welsh pianist/composer Geoffrey Eales' thirteenth release dating back to 1999. All of the words and music are by Eales, and he has taken this opportunity to express in music his feelings about how ephemeral human existence is in general, but also specifically of the passing within the past year of his mother, as well ...


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