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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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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Sanborn & Scofield play Barbican

The spring programme at the Barbican, London features David Sanborn and John Scofield plus a tribute to record label Strata East

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Review: Zhenya Strigalev, Ronnie Scott's

St Petersburg native and alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev brought a host of American stars to Soho to help launch his new album on the Whirlwind label

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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: Haiti Jazz Festival

Simon Adams is bowled over by Haiti and its jazz festival, featuring singer Ranee Lee, Chilean trumpeter Sebastian Jordan, roots band Boukman Eksperyans and more

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Jazzerbaijan hits Ronnie Scott’s

Neil Watson of The European Azerbaijan Society sees two of the country's finest jazz pianists pack out the Soho club

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Wigmore wigs out

Jazz from pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Christian McBride is added to the classical roster in the London venue's 2015/2016 season

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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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Review: Matthew Halsall, Halesworth

Garry Booth finds the Mancunian man of mystery has descended a few celestial notches while hinting at promising new directions

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Review: Anthony Braxton in Bristol

Andy Hamilton witnesses a rare and utterly personal UK appearance by the US saxophonist and composer, cardigan and all

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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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Gateshead 2015 gets Sanborn, Scofield

The annual northern celebration of all things jazz, soul and funk returns in April via the International Jazz Festival at the Sage Gateshead

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Review: Officium last concert

Michael Tucker finds a ’near-Cubist projection of mysterious sound, space and spirit’ in the final concert by Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble


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