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Article: Book Excerpts

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by David Burke


The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 3: Full Force Gail" of Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz by David Burke (Desert Hearts, 2021). In the 1980s, a new generation of black British musicians began to reconfigure the country's jazz scene, changing the face -and sound-of what had previously been a ...

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Roz Harding

Roz Harding is an "original and imaginative" (Mike Westbrook) alto saxophonist. The alto speaks volumes for Roz; she feels connected to it and audiences enjoy her ability to communicate - "a player who can tell a story that captivates and brings us back for more" (Gary Bayley). Described as "inspirational" and "immense" by Jazzwise Magazine, Roz has an expressive and "distinctive" (Smiths Academy Informer) style, citing her influences as Kate Bush, Bob Dylan, Frederick Alexander and his technique, Art Pepper, Jeff Buckley, Prince, Nick Drake, Manic Street Preachers and Jackie McLean. Roz lives in Devon and likes to play new music

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Whirlwind Recordings Announces 5x Customer-Voted New Vinyl Reissues: Jensen Sisters, Paul Jackson, City Of Poets (Jason Palmer & Cedric Hanriot), John Escreet & Mike Gibbs

Whirlwind Recordings Announces 5x Customer-Voted New Vinyl Reissues: Jensen Sisters, Paul Jackson, City Of Poets (Jason Palmer & Cedric Hanriot), John Escreet & Mike Gibbs

Exciting news for vinyl fans: Whirlwind Recordings announced (in January) five brand-new reissues of celebrated back-catalog releases, available on LP for the first time. The new reissues come from a range of artists, featuring releases many customers have requested on LP for some time. The first five all ship in May 2021—look out for more reissues ...

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Article: Book Review

A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary, 25th Anniversary Edition

Read "A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary, 25th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


A Year with Swollen Appendices Brian Eno 480 Pages ISBN: 0571364616 Faber & Faber 2020 Published diaries are a strange affair. The relationship between the diarist and the diary itself is a private affair, considered to be almost sacred. People write their deepest, most heartfelt passions ...

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News: Recording

New Album From Slovakian Born Drummer Marek Dorcik

New Album From Slovakian Born Drummer Marek Dorcik

Slovakian born drummer Marek Dorcik is swiftly gaining a reputation as a sought after professional drummer on the international jazz scene, working with some of the UK’s leading jazz artists including Mike Walker, Alan Barnes, Stuart McCallum, Alice Zawadzki (as part of the Moss Project) and Matthew Halsall of Gondwana Records. His tenure bands such as ...

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News: Recording

UK Jazz Singer Showcases Vocal Talent With Fresh Interpretations Of Rare And Celebrated Standards

UK Jazz Singer Showcases Vocal Talent With Fresh Interpretations Of Rare And Celebrated Standards

February 2021 marked the release of Tomorrow, the brand new album from the charming and distinctive jazz vocalist, James Hudson. Citing a wide spectrum of influential luminaries in his development as an artist including Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald—James Hudson became inspired to establish ...

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News: Obituary

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Born in 1930, Chris Barber was one of the leading figures in European jazz. Together with Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, he was one of the “Three B’s” who defined traditional jazz in Britain and spearheaded the “Trad” revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His interest in jazz began while he was evacuated from ...

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Article: Book Review

Riff: The Shake Keane Story

Read "Riff: The Shake Keane Story" reviewed by John Stevenson


Riff: The Shake Keane Story Philip Nanton 157 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1999776893 Papillote Press 2021 Except for occasional flare-ups of its La Soufriere volcano, the hilly eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent tends to keep a low profile among the least developed but politically stable nation states of the ...

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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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