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Article: Jazz Poetry

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining


My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

GRANITE

Read "GRANITE" reviewed by Duncan Heining


GRANITE is Kate Westbrook's fourth solo album, though saying so seems quite an artificial point given her partnership with husband Mike Westbrook over so many recordings. As he is quick to point out, Kate's texts are crucial to the shaping of compositions and projects. That said, GRANITE is Kate Westbrook's most ambitious record to ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Last Night At The Old Place

Read "The Last Night At The Old Place" reviewed by Duncan Heining


By any standards the release of The Last Night At The Old Place will prove to be one of archive releases of the year, second only, perhaps, to the 'Lost' Coltrane album. All power, therefore, to Mike Gavin who has inherited the Cadillac catalogue from the late John Jack with his first release of archive material. ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlotte Glasson: Festivus

Read "Festivus" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This exceptional album succeeds on several levels. First there's Glasson herself, an undeniably, prodigiously talented multi- instrumentalist whose diverse armamentarium would successfully rival that of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's, maybe substituting his stritch for her saw. The nine tracks here all benefit from Glasson's imaginative arrangements for which the word “quirky" would be hardly adequate. ...


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