MAY 2015

Nils Petter Molvaer
Fred Grand talks to the Norwegian trumpeter who recently impressed his unique sonic signature on Infolding, the new album from British band Spin Marvel

Profiles Italian pianist Roberto Magris, reinventing the tradition with Albert Heath, Herb Geller and others; Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg, who says his instrument should be on an equal footing with everything else in the combo; pianist McCoy Tyner with some insights into Coltrane and the roots of his own style

Don Byron Simon Adams gets educated by the Bronx-born musician whom he reckons the master clarinettist of his generation

Take The E Train
John White reviews Philip Larkin’s singular commentaries on the music of Duke Ellington and his men

Still Clinging to the Wreckage
Steve Voce sees a buffer against impending jazz doom in Allison Neale

On The Other Hand Dave Gelly finds jazz misrepresented in halls, on TV and at the Five Spot, and hopes that Lady doesn’t sing those blues this year

Books Reviews Louis Armstrong, The Soundtrack Of The American Experience // Women Drummers, A History From Rock And Jazz To Blues And Country // Jamie Cullum, Interlude // Playboy On Stage

Record reviews We review 91 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list


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Preview: The Art Of Miles Davis

A Royal Albert Hall exhibition of Miles Davis's drawings and paintings in June may be the last chance for the public to view the art of the legendary trumpeter

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Review: Digby Fairweather biography & DVD

Veteran British mainstream trumpeter documents life in book and DVD, touching on Alex Welsh, Melly, Bilk, Peter Clayton and Cannonball Elderly

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Archive: B.B. King, JJ August 1974

A 1970s perspective on 'The Man Who Paid The Cost To Be The Boss'. First published in Jazz Journal, August 1974. Author: John Stiff

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Preview: 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival

The 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival promises another extensive lineup of top performers at venues across the city

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Review: Back Door, Back Door et al

Thoroughly annotated collection of three albums from pioneering British jazz-rock band shows how little new ground there was left to cover 40 years ago

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Preview: Marcus Miller tours UK, Eire

Marcus Miller, Grammy-winning electric bassist and producer, is set to tour the UK and Ireland this October in support of his Blue Note debut

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Review: Lee Konitz/Dave Douglas

Andy Hamilton finds the veteran saxophonist in remarkable form, alongside the supportive trumpeter Dave Douglas and a fine band at Ronnie Scott's

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Review: Jimmy Heath, Quota/Triple Threat

The Heath brothers were in their pomp when these sessions were recorded for Riverside and they still bear the stamp of originality, top musicianship and good taste

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Review: Gilad Atzmon, The Whistle Blower

The Israeli-born, British-domiciled Atzmon leads his Orient House Ensemble through a compelling range of both rhythmically strong and melodically distinctive material

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Review: MUT Trio, Barcelona

Dave Foxall - and lamentably few others - see the 'unique and idiosyncratic' MUT Trio of Miguel Fernández (ts), Albert Juan (elg) and Oriol Roca (d)

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Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival 2015

Dianne Reeves, Dave Holland, Kenny Barron, Robert Glasper, Marius Neset, Adam Baldych and Mathias Eick are among the attractions in southern Sweden this summer

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Review: Bill Haley, Rock Around The Clock

New retrospective collects 30 tracks from the kiss-curl king, with probably the best jazz guitar solos on a pop record until Alan Murphy came along

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Review: Eddie Palmieri, La Perfecta

New CD from Malanga Music combines La Perfecta and El Molestoso, the first two LPs from Eddie Palmieri and two key albums in the evolution of salsa

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Review: Gov't Mule/John Scofield, Sco-Mule

Guitarist John Scofield did two shows in Atlanta with the Allman Brothers offshoot Gov't Mule in 1999, the resultant jams on Hottentot, Tom Thumb and others now on CD

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HMV and the end of the LP

In Jazz Journal May 1955, Sinclair Traill reported the launch of the Stereosonic tape system that some thought would signal the end of the LP

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Lee Konitz: the view from '55

In Jazz Journal May 1955, Keith Goodwin tipped three new men that alto saxophonists would look to for guidance - Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond and Lennie Niehaus

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Review: Gwilym Simcock does King Crimson

Roger Farbey sees the music of famed prog-rockers King Crimson rearranged for piano and saxophone quartet

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Photo review: Frank Holder's 90th birthday

Brian O'Connor captured in pictures the 90th birthday gig of singer Frank Holder, sometime collaborator with John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott

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Finnish fests look back . . . and forward

Finland’s two biggest jazz festivals, Espoo and Pori, stick close to their roots while the Raahe festival begins a new chapter, says Wif Stenger

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The Delta, digitized

The first recordings of musicians such as Muddy Waters and David ’Honeyboy’ Edwards are soon to be available to hear free online

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Preview: Swansea Jazz Festival 2015

The second annual jazz festival in the south Wales city includes Laurence Cottle, Robert Fowler, Jim Mullen, Monsters On A Leash and former AWB man Hamish Stuart

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Ribble Valley Jazz Festival tickets on sale

The sixth annual jazz festival in and around Clitheroe, Lancashire will feature Stacey Kent, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch and more

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First ever Llandudno Jazz Festival

The inaugural jazz festival at the Welsh seaside town in July boasts headliners Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell and Clark Tracey


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