Jazz Journal, July 2011 in full

Mike SternOn the Beat The Jazz Cruise; Herts Jazz Festival; Brecon Jazz Festival; Ronnie's Britfest; Barbican Blaze; major UK concerts in July: Keith Jarrett, Ramsey Lewis, Al Jarreau, Abdullah Ibrahim

Dave Stapleton is turning jazz into a growth industry; Kyle Eastwood makes our day by firing off good tunes; Ingrid Laubrock gives us an idea why one of her bands is called Sleepthief

Getz CD packaging goes west; good on the NJA; recognise Spike Heatley; Shearing's passport; early jazz on film; famed jazz pianist Billy Vance; Abse or Absolom?

Scratching the Surface
Steve Voce recalls the trenchant Johnny Dodds ("Seventy years after his death Dodds is quietly appreciated by more musicians than ever"), the unswinging Lu Watters band and some friendly conversations with Ken Colyer, "whose poison spittle could kill a man at six paces"

Jazz Live
For three days over the May bank holiday the world’s leading mainstreamers converged on Norwich. Peter Gamble reports on Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Warren Vaché, Eiji Kitamura, Rossano Sportiello, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Daryl Sherman, Tardo Hammer, Bob Wilber and more. Organiser Jerry Brown is already working on next year's gig

Monty Alexander
The Jamaican-born pianist looks forward to summer gigs and expounds his musical philosophy: "Bottom line, you gotta feel good" See Mark Gilbert's full interview here

Mike Stern
The former Miles Davis guitarist has been dismissed by critics who should know better as a mere rocker. He says "Well, I’m more into bebop! What I'm checking out musically is Sonny Rollins and Trane." Fred Grand sets the record straight

Per Husby
Is Norwegian jazz all glacial introspection? Michael Tucker seeks another perspective from pianist Per Husby, sometime associate of James Moody, Chet Baker and others

Lost In Meditation
Alun Morgan rediscovers three outstanding saxophonists: Art Pepper, Graham Bond and the overlooked Herman sideman and later jazz educator, Jerry Coker

Seminal sessions
Ian Carr: Solar Plexus. In the second of our occasional series on landmark recordings, Roger Farbey puts the case for a solar-plexiform thump from Ian Carr, all of 40 years ago

Rumba jazz, a Latin primer
Nick Duckett completes his two-part survey of the Latin American influence in pre-war jazz, looking at America’s embrace of the exotic and culminating in Machito’s early 40s Afro-Cuban fusion

Snooky Young, lead trumpeter on classic 1960s Count Basie albums; Bob Flanigan, founder member of the Kenton-inspired Four Freshmen; Bert Wilcox, British impresario who ignored trade union protectionism to present Sidney Bechet

Horace Parlan: My Little Brown Book (biography) and Horace Parlan Song Book; Jazz Photography, A Bibliography Spanning 75 Years, by Jan J Mulder

Record Reviews
Monty Alexander, Chris Barber, David Binney, Nels Cline, Joséf Eliasz, Marc Copland, Wolfgang Dauner, Miles Davis (Tutu Deluxe Edition); Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, The Impossible Gentlemen, Roger Kellaway, Rebecca Kilgore & Harry Allen, Pat Metheny, Bob Mintzer, Dave Moorwood's Big Bear Stompers, Dick Morrissey/Michael Garrick Trio (unissued vinyl edition), Gretchen Parlato, Jeremy Pelt, Tommy Smith, Craig Taborn and more, including a host of reissues. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites

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

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; In My Opinion: Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; The Test: 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

Mark Gilbert