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Pentangle (or The Pentangle) are a British folk-jazz band with an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, blues and folk rock influences. The original band was active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a later version has been active since the early 1980s. The original line-up, which was unchanged throughout the band's first incarnation (1967–1973), was Jacqui McShee (vocals); John Renbourn (vocals and guitar); Bert Jansch (vocals and guitar); Danny Thompson (double bass); and Terry Cox (drums). The name Pentangle was chosen to represent the five members of the band, and is also the device on Sir Gawain's shield in the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which held a fascination for Renbourn. In 2007, the original members of the band were reunited to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and to record a short concert that was broadcast on BBC radio

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond

Read "String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program focuses on string players of all types, mostly guitarists but with some bassists and violinists also thrown in. The show ranges from classic players like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel to modernists like Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson. There is even a set on gypsy/Western swing. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz

Read "Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show looks at some of the many cross-pollinations between jazz and folk music. There are jazz musicians like Dave Brubeck and Dave Douglas dabbling in folk forms and folk musicians like Pentangle and Dave Van Ronk exercising their jazz chops. There are also pieces based on folk musics outside of the usual Anglo-American axis.

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

Read "Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition" reviewed by Skip Heller


"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman


For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

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Article: Profile

Martin Archer: Making A Difference, Doing Things Differently

Read "Martin Archer: Making A Difference, Doing Things Differently" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Martin Archer is a one-man music industry. Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, band-leader and label owner--Archer has made a virtue of doing things differently. From early beginnings in music forty years ago, he has built his label Discus into a catalog that is as fine in quality as it is eclectic in taste and content. Based in ...

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Article: Album Review

Rachael And The Red Socks: Melodies And Time

Read "Melodies And Time" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Melodies And Time creates a quandary for those who seek to put music into neat little boxes. It begins with a hint of Lal Waterson, one of Britain's finest and most underrated songwriters; adds arrangements worthy of Robert Kirby's work with Nick Drake; and melds pastoral tones with African instruments. There are touches of jazz and ...

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The Time Has Come 1967-1973

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2007

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One More Road & Live 1994

Label: Hux Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: CD1 (One More Road): Travelling Solo; Oxford City; Endless Sky; The Lily of the West; One More Road; High Germany; Hey, Hey Soldier; Willy of Winsbury; Somali; Manuel; Are You Going to Scarborough Fair? CD2 (Live 1994): Bramble Briar; Sally Free and Easy; Kingfisher; Come Back Baby; When I Was in My Prime; Meat on the Bone; Traveling Solo; The Bonny Boy; Chasing Love; Cruel Sister; Yarrow; Reynardine.


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