Sensation Jazz Cruises

APRIL 2015

Laurence Cottle The Swansea-born bassist has been a stalwart on the British jazz and studio scene since the 1980s. He talks to David West about his wide-ranging career and the tension between being a jazz and studio player

Profiles: Mark Crooks, clarinet and tenor man with Robert Fowler and John Wilson; Nguyên Lê, guitarist who has done a jazz tribute to Pink Floyd; Rudy Royston, drummer with Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and JD Allen

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce thanks Lawrence Brown for elevating the trombone above the circus-type noises produced by his predecessors

Benny Green Nigel Jarrett remembers the rare individuality of the "fearless, learned and musicianly" critic

Books & DVD Reviews Books: The Cambridge Companion To Duke Ellington; Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression; Off Key; Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, And The Blues; And All That Motive; Willie Dixon: Preacher Of The Blues. DVD: Fred Hersch: My Coma Dreams; Vijay Iyer: Radhe Radhe

Obituaries Clark Terry; Orrin Keepnews; Brian Hennessey; Jerry Brown

Anec-dotage Alan Luff remembers Blue Note, the label whose sleeve art caused almost as much excitement as its music

Record reviews We review 67 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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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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Review: Joshua Redman/Necks/Cookers

Andy Hamilton witnesses the ’classical’ Joshua Redman, the freewheeling Necks and the hard-bopping Cookers at Sage Gateshead

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Review: Andy Sheppard/Loose Tubes

At Gateshead, Fred Grand sees Sheppard with Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli and Loose Tubes with the old magic and a bunch of new charts

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Review: Scofield/Sanborn, Gateshead

Fred Grand sees John Scofield, Jon Cleary and the saxophonist who 'at some point in their lives almost everybody on the planet who owns a radio will have heard'

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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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JJ archives, 1960: Miles vs. Chuck

One reviewer recommends Miles's Kind Of Blue ('one of the best jazz discs of any year'), another says Chuck Berry has more continuity with early black folk tradition

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Review: Brilliant Corners Festival, Belfast

Trevor Hodgett sees the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Troyka, Meilana Gillard, Fred Frith, Get The Blessing and more

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Review: Marius Neset, Southampton

Norwegian saxophone whirlwind Marius Neset has Mike Tucker baying for more, albeit with reservations about poetic deficit

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Review: Alex Garnett - Andromeda

'...a very good partnership in the tradition of Griffin and Davis or Ammons and Stitt, likely to appeal to all followers of those masters'

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Review: Joe Temperley & Brian Kellock, Fife

Tony Troon hails the return of Lincoln Center baritone player Joe Temperley to his home town for a duo concert with pianist Brian Kellock

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Review: Marlene VerPlanck at Ronnie's

Leon Nock sees US singer Marlene VerPlanck on her 26th UK tour and enjoys two hours of the most potent magic since Merlin gave up his day job

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Preview: Ronnie Scott's April deluge

In the month of showers, Ronnie Scott's enjoys a deluge of top-drawer attractions, including The Cookers, guitarists Oz Noy and Mike Stern and drummer Dave Weckl

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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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Review: Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2015

Bob Weir enjoys full-house tributes to Louis Armstrong and concerts by Dr John, Tcha Limberger and Andy Shepherd at the third annual jazz bash in Bristol

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Preview: Lee Konitz, 87, plays Ronnie's

Andy Hamilton previews two May 2015 appearances at Ronnie Scott's by cool-school veteran Lee Konitz with trumpeter Dave Douglas

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Review: Chris Potter at Ronnie Scott's

As saxophonist Chris Potter debuts his Underground orchestra on the ECM label, Mark Gilbert sees the original and smaller article in Soho

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Review: Eberhard Weber Jubilee, Stuttgart

Michael Tucker reports on two nights of concerts featuring Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Paul McCandless and others in honour of the German bassist's 75th birthday

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Louis's desert island rescue

Louis Armstrong’s 1968 appearnace on Desert Island Discs can be heard again after his personal copy of the recording was tracked down

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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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