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The 2000 Guinness Jazz Festival

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October 9-31 Cork, Ireland The appalling weather did little to dampen spirits at the 2000 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which saw a wide variety of jazz and blues talents performing over the Irish October bank holiday weekend. Over 40,000 people flocked to Ireland's second city to see acts ranging from ...

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Elvin Jones

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Live at Vicar Street September 2000 Headlining the third ESB Dublin Jazz Week, a sprightly-looking Elvin Jones led his young band in an eclectic, challenging set comprising just four lengthy songs.Garbed in a natty pair of multi-coloured trousers, the 73-year-old drummer chose to strongly feature new material rather than to rely ...

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Jean Toussaint's Nazaire: The Street Above the Underground

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With The Street Above the Underground London-based saxophonist Jean Toussaint seems to be seeking to emulate T.S.Monk’s recent success in fusing jazz with smooth sounds and pop elements and coming up with something that sounds nothing like Kenny G. Like Monk’s excellent 1999 release Crosstalk, Toussaint’s music has an urbane, polished feel, but has far too ...

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Various Artists: Whole Lotta Blues: Songs of Led Zeppelin

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Sporting a truly hideous cover, Whole Lotta Blues: Songs of Led Zeppelin is a compilation of songs written or popularized by the British rock band performed by contemporary bluesmen. It's an intriguing concept that should hold particular interest for the many rock fans, including me, who discovered the blues through Led Zeppelin (you know the sort ...

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Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate: Kulanjan

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Like the 1997 release Sacred Island, Kulanjan sees Taj Mahal blending the blues with ethnic folk music. While the earlier album explored the music of Hawaii, however, here Taj and the Malian kora player Toumani Diabate seek to reveal the connections between the blues and the music of Western Mali. And these connections are apparent from ...

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The Yuri Honing Trio: Sequel

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Like Herbie Hancock's 1995 album New Standard, Sequel features jazz treatments of pop and rock songs. The attractions of this approach - which Dutch outfit The Yuri Honing Trio has taken before, having previously covered tunes by Bjork, Greenday, The Police and Abba - are considerable: It's a way to appeal to people who wouldn't usually ...

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Jazz Couriers featuring Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes: Some of My Best Friends

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Although the Jazz Couriers are widely held to be the finest and most influential of British bebop/hard-bop bands, little recorded material by the group has been available in recent years. Add to this the paucity of available solo releases by the two men who led the Couriers, tenor saxophonist and vibraphonist Tubby Hayes and fellow tenor ...


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