Jazz Journal, December 2017 in brief

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FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the last edition of 2017, as Jazz Journal, first published in May 1948, limbers up for its 70th year. It was the “monthly magazine for jazz enthusiasts” and unlike some jazz-related organs it remains fairly true to the central conception, eschewing such sophistry as “jazz is a spirit”, as if nobody had improvised before 1917. That first issue had Louis Armstrong on the cover and cost 1/6. It’s a bit more these days, but there’s Morton on the front so we haven’t strayed that far. Talking of which, those that roll up to WHS to hand over their £4.50 should note that in order to avoid disappointment, they should place a regular order with their store as most WHS branches now take JJ to order only. This should guarantee your JJ arrives in your store. If you already have a regular order in place, thank you, but please remember to renew it when necessary. For any queries on this, please telephone subscriptions on +44 (0)7928 585397, Mon-Thurs between 9-3pm.

JELLY ROLL MORTON
In a year that’s been replete with jazz anniversaries and talk of the birth of jazz, Lin Bensley looks back on the man who claimed to have started the whole thing

PROFILES
Tom Millar says that among the arts music “more often than not stands alone, without the listener having to give it extra meaning”; yet his music, like that of Paolo Fresu and Kathryn Williams, is rich in exterior references

LETTERS
John Jack; Lucky Thompson; Les Elgart; jazz stamps

STILL CLINGING TO THE WRECKAGE
Steve Voce updates his researches on trombonist Jack Teagarden, “the most important jazz innovator on his instrument”

ROBBEN FORD

He calls himself a blues guitarist but Robben Ford has lived on the intersection between blues and jazz for most of his career, as David West hears

GARY HUSBAND
The Yorkshire-born drum and keyboard maestro tells Mark Youll about his new solo piano interpretations of John McLaughlin

CLUB LIFE

Simon Adams finds out what makes the perfect jazz club

BOOK & DVD REVIEWS

Books: Echoes From Then: Glimpses Of John McLaughlin 1959-75. DVDs: Low Down (Joe Albany) // Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

AVAST ME HEARTIES!

Simon Spillett looks at the recent armada of labels making pieces-of-eight out of vintage jazz recordings

LENA HORNE
Leon Nock reminds us that a century on Lena Horne belongs firmly in the jazz pantheon

OBITUARIES
Mike Carr, early advocate of British bebop and Hammond organ playing; Grady Tate, whose ambitions in drama gave way to a distinguished career as a drummer and singer

ANEC-DOTAGE
Alan Luff remembers the life of Artie Shaw – dream or nightmare?

RECORD REVIEWS

JJ offers unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz, carrying more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz across the board in every issue. See a complete list of albums reviewed in JJ December 2017, including excerpts

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BACK COPIES

All issues of Jazz Journal since its relaunch in May 2009 are available from our back copies department, along with copies going back many more years. Among the key features of recent issues are these:

November 2017: Pat Metheny; Alice Coltrane; Barry Guy; Freddie Gavita; Helge Lien; Manu Katché
October 2017: Vijay Iyer; John Beasley; Michael Lazaroff; Jazz in Luxembourg; Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan
September 2017: Karin Krog; Kurt Rosenwinkel; Richard Niles; Dave O'Higgins; Herb Snitzer; Sylvia Syms
August 2017: Weather Report; Clare Teal; Anita Wardell; Richie Kamuca; Nicolas Meier; John Martin
July 2017: Harry Allen; Andrew Hill; Harvey Mason; Iain Ballamy; Andrew McCormack; Maxine Sullivan
June 2017: The return of MPS; Lee Morgan, Matt Chandler; Allan Holdsworth; Stan Robinson; Sue McCreeth
May 2017: Kamasi Washington; Polly Gibbons; Prince; Buddy Rich; jazz on YouTube; Arthur Blythe
April 2017: Eric Harland; Eric Ineke; Howard Riley; Scott Hamilton's instruments; Svend Asmussen; Larry Coryell
March 2017: Scott Hamilton; Chris Ingham; Kate Williams; Trish Clowes; Larry Goldings; Mark Nightingale;
February 2017: Oz Noy; Tony Fruscella; John Etheridge; Victor Bailey; Ahmad Jamal; Ralph Burns
January 2017: Branford Marsalis; Critics' Poll 2016; Tim Richards; Donny McCaslin; Zoe Rahman; Charli Persip
December 2016: Joey DeFrancesco; Chet Baker; Maynard Ferguson; Jim Rattigan; Remi Harris; Nicola Farnon
November 2016: Nigel Price; Marius Neset; Richard Bona; Gonzalo Rubalcaba; Gearbox Records; Stix Hooper
October 2016: Mike Mainieri; Pierre Dørge; Julius Watkins; Bobby Hutcherson; Toots Thielemans; Rudy Van Gelder
September 2016: Gerard Presencer; Derek Smith; Ben Crosland; Gwilym Simcock; Omar Sosa
August 2016: Albert Ayler; Marlene VerPlanck; Houston Person; Roswell Rudd; Ibrahim Maalouf; Nils Landgren
July 2016: Billy Cobham; Dave Schildkraut; Alan Broadbent; Barb Jungr; Joe Temperley; Eddie Cook
June 2016: Sidney Bechet; Soweto Kinch; John Wilson; John Hollenbeck; Roger Beaujolais; Daryl Sherman
May 2016: Richard Galliano; Mike Westbrook; Dominic Alldis; Fred Hersch; Cuneiform Records; Dave Shepherd pt2
April 2016: Hiromi; Eric Truffaz; Markus Stockhausen; Bobby Medina; Dave Shepherd; Ronnie Scott pt3
March 2016: Wayne Shorter; Misha Mullov-Abbado; Terri Lyne Carrington; Gerry Mulligan; Julian Lage
February 2016: Steve Gadd; Terell Stafford; Michael Wollny; Ronnie Scott pt2; Paul Bley; Bengt Arne-Wallin
January 2016: Tubby Hayes; Claire Martin; David Gordon; Liam Noble; Critics' Poll 2015; Cyrille Aimée
December 2015: Michael Janisch; John Abercrombie; Nellie Lutcher; Myra Melford; Pepi Lemer; Juliet Kelly
November 2015: Maria Schneider; Iain Ballamy; Allan Harris; Leo Parker; John Cumming; Milt Bernhart
October 2015: Art Pepper; Leroy Jones, Evan Christopher, Hot Sardines, Horace Silver, Loose Tubes
September 2015: Bennie Maupin; Cassandra Wilson; Billy Jenkins; Tadd Dameron; HatHut Records
August 2015: Xanadu; Charles McPherson; Jane Monheit; John Altman, pt2; Woodville Records; Ronnie Scott pt1
July 2015: Christian McBride; Andrea Motis; Chucho Valdés; Albert Mangelsdorff; Bill Evans; Bud Freeman
June 2015: John Altman; Neil Cowley; Hedvig Mollestad; Michel Camilo; Dave Holland, Lee Konitz
May 2015: Nils Petter Molvaer; Roberto Magris; Stefan Pasborg; Don Byron; Philip Larkin on Ellington
April 2015: Laurence Cottle; Mark Crooks, Nguyên Lê, Rudy Royston, Clark Terry, Benny Green, Lawrence Brown 
March 2015: Red Garland, Digby Fairweather, Joakim Milder, Joe Stilgoe, Buddy Collette, Ken Peplowski
February 2015: Peter Erskine, Jan Garbarek, Wallace Roney, Goran Kafjes, Jazz on V-Disc, Acker Bilk
January 2015: Kenny Barron; Lenny White, Henry Lowther, Sarah Moule; Simon Phillips; Critics' Poll 2014
December 2014: Eric Dolphy; Jacob Fischer; Antonio Sanchez, Duncan Lamont; Jack Bruce; Classical Tinge 11
November 2014: Joshua Redman; Sun Ra; Charlie Wood; Richard Pite; Wally Fawkes; Classical Tinge 10
October 2014: Jimmy Giuffre; Charles Tolliver; Dylan Howe; Al Cohn; Classical Tinge, part 9; Kathy Stobart
September 2014: Anat Cohen; Kristin Korb; Jack Parnell; Gary McFarland; Classical Tinge, part 8; festival reviews
August 2014: Stanley Clarke; Steve Fishwick; Cindy Blackman; Randy Brecker pt2; Horace Silver; Dale Bruning
July 2014: Ehud Asherie; Jack Honeyborne; Alexander Bone; Curtis Stigers; Don Fagerquist; Joe Wilder
June 2014: Swedish folk-jazz; James Pearson; Pedro Segundo; Randy Brecker; Spike Heatley; Liane Carroll
May 2014: Tim Garland; Gregory Porter; Mike Henry; Dan Barrett; Pee Wee Russell; Dick Twardzik
April 2014: Eiji Kitamura; Jason Rebello, Herlin Riley, Dave Newton, Yusef Lateef, Jim Hall, Alice Babs
March 2014: Ronnie Cuber; Alec Dankworth; Jamie Baum; Dianne Reeves; Preservation Hall; Classical Tinge, part 4
February 2014: Jan Lundgren; Derek Nash; Denny Zeitlin; Verneri Pohjola; Lake Records; Classical Tinge, part 3
January 2014: Scott Henderson; Critics' Poll 2013; Robert Fowler; Martin Speake; Jeff Lorber; Tommy Whittle
December 2013: Diana Krall; Arve Henriksen; Charlie Ventura; Chuck Riggs; Classical Tinge, part 2
November 2013: Alan Broadbent; Marc Parnell; Ted Beament; Fresh Sound; Classical Tinge, part 1 
October 2013: Stacey Kent; Tina May; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Does Jazz Change The World?; Dizzy Reece
September 2013: Ahmad Jamal; Digby Fairweather; Soweto Kinch; Asaf Sirkis; 10 Things Jazz Should Do Without
August 2013: Stan Tracey; Sue Richardson, Huw Warren; Spike Wilner; Jack McDuff; Chicago now
July 2013: Pat Martino; Gene Quill; Shabaka Hutchings; Eddie Palmieri; Don Weller; Mulgrew Miller
June 2013: Michael Camilo; The Flop 10; Gwilym Simcock; Tubby Hayes; Slim Gaillard makes parliament
May 2013: John Critchinson; Brew Moore; Jamming The Blitz; Branford Marsalis; Larry Stabbins; Sophie Alloway
April 2013: Kenny Wheeler; Nigel Hitchcock; Rudresh Mahanthappa; Neil Ardley; Bristol jazz festival
March 2013: Wayne Shorter, Big Jay McNeely; Mark Lockheart; Jazz Samba 50th anniversary; Dan Kildare
February 2013: Gilad Atzmon, Bob Belden, Tori Freestone, Readers' Poll 2012, Bennie Green, Beverly Kenney
January 2013: Rollins/Getz/Coltrane, Critics' Poll 2012, Manu Katché, Julian Joseph, TCB profile
December 2012: Duško Gojković, Simon Spillett pt 2, Jacob Karlzon, Warren Vaché, Paul Winter
November 2012: Simon Spillett, Jim Mullen pt 2, Brandon Allen, Marcus Printup, Ruby Braff pt 2, Piano Jazz 5
October 2012: Jim Mullen, Spike Robinson, the new NYJO, Ruby Braff, Bobby Worth, Piano Jazz 4
September 2012: Marius Neset, Jazz Book Club, Summer festival reports; Bob Gordon, Thelonious Monk
August 2012: Bob Mintzer, Decibel Records, Elliot Mason, Mark Turner, Kurt Elling, Readers' Poll
July 2012: Joe Temperley, Vijay Iyer, Steve Brown, Enrico Tommaso, Yuriy Galkin, Maynard Ferguson
June 2012: Bucky Pizzarelli; jazz and jingles; jazz and strings; Gordon Beck; Mike Garrick; Robert Glasper
May 2012: Kenny Garrett; Geoffrey Smith; Microscopic Septet; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 3; John Picard Pt 2
April 2012: Art Themen; ACT Music; Enrico Pieranunzi; Clare Fischer; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 2; John Picard Pt 1
March 2012: Randy Brecker; Phil Robson; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 1; Straight Ahead: fears for UK grass roots 
February 2012: Critics' Poll 2011; Tord Gustavsen; Jeff Hooper, Andrew McCormack, Jason Yarde, New York Live
January 2012: Ron Carter; Etta James; Dave Kelbie; Matana Roberts; Joe Harriott II; Claude Thornhill; Jack Bruce
December 2011: Jerry Bergonzi; Michael Cuscuna; Ruby Braff; Joe Harriott I; Wadada Leo Smith; Josh Kyle
November 2011: Randy Sandke; Serge Chaloff; Barbara Thompson; Buddy Greco; Graham Collier, Felsted
October 2011: Louis Armstrong; Wynton Marsalis; Dena DeRose; Iain Ballamy; two-bar breaks; absent reissues
September 2011: Alan Skidmore; Guy Barker; Joan Viskant; Eddie Finckel; Joe Mudele; London record shops
August 2011: Dan Block; Courtney Pine; DVD review special; Artie Shaw; Ray Bryant, Ottilie Patterson
July 2011: Mike Stern; Monty Alexander; Dave Stapleton; Kyle Eastwood; Ingrid Laubrock; Per Husby
June 2011: Bill Charlap; Rumba Jazz I; Brit piano V; Led Bib; Stan Sulzmann; Ray Smith; Chu Berry
May 2011: Toots Thielemans; Oscar Peterson; Dexter Gordon; Nikki Yanofsky; Ethan Iverson; Brit piano IV
April 2011: Jon Hiseman; Sonny Stitt II; Jason Moran; George Wein; Tony Kofi; Brit piano III;
March 2011: Sonny Stitt I; The Claudia Quintet; Ian Shaw; Geoff Eales; Brit piano II; Coltrane pt 2
February 2011: Bobby Wellins; Critics' Poll 2010; Coltrane: a minority view, part 1
January 2011: Esperanza Spalding; The Brubecks; British jazz piano part I; Vinyl Verdict
December 2010: Chuck Berghofer; Sal Mosca; Ravi Coltrane; Bob James; Cork Jazz Festival
November 2010: Mose Allison; British rhythm IV; The Either/Orchestra; Bob Weinstock
October 2010: Gary Smulyan; Orrin Keepnews; Brubeck IV; Brit beat III; Brecon report
September 2010: Philip Larkin; Bill Mays; Brubeck III; Brit beat II; Festival reports
August 2010: Tommy Smith; Brubeck II; British beat I; Lester Koenig; Edmund Hall 
July 2010: Dave Brubeck part I; John McLaughlin; Frank Holder; Steve Lacy
June 2010: Vibes now: Joe Locke, Jim Hart; Frank Griffith's cool school; Artie Shaw centenary  
May 2010: Herb Geller; British drummer John Marshall; Django Reinhardt; Alec Dankworth
April 2010: Judy Carmichael; crime writer John Harvey; Milt Jackson IV; producer Alan Douglas  
March 2010: Dave O'Higgins; Milt Jackson III; Alun Morgan's Lost In Meditation; John Dankworth remembered
February 2010: Gerald Wilson; Milt Jackson II; Critics' Poll 2009; Dave Gelly on the roots of Milesian modalism
January 2010: Milt Jackson; Paul Booth; Sheila Jordan part 2; Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; Ken Peplowski; Grant Stewart; Creed Taylor; Lita Rosa; C-melody saxophone
October 2009: Hank Jones; Sheila Jordan part 1; Curtis Counce; Omar Puente; Spike Heatley
September 2009: Liam Noble; Woody Herman part 4; Sandy Brown; Graham Collier; Summer festival roundup
August 2009: Lee Konitz; Woody Herman part 3; Georgia Mancio; Standard Time - John Altman digs deep
July 2009: Mark Murphy; Woody Herman part 2; Do Children Get Jazz?
June 2009: Julian Lage; The Test: Tim Garland; John Levy; Woody Herman part 1
May 2009: Benny Golson; Critics' Poll 2008

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