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JJ February 2011 OFCON THE BEAT In-depth news: Lengthening days and daffodil shoots bring thoughts and plans for spring jazz festivals, among which are the following: Cheltenham, Coutances, Gateshead, Jersey and Norwich . . . Tommy Smith's Scottish National Jazz Orchestra salutes Weather Report in late February dates with Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza and Peter Erskine . . . Croydon Record Fair swings into action again in April at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. More in news.

PROFILES Tord Gustavsen savours the eloquent space between the notes; Jeff Hooper has incendiary jazz at heart whether on New Faces or the Syd Lawrence orchestra; Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde exploit the creative void between mixing desk and hillside.

Our Serge Chaloff and Joe Harriott articles generate censure and riposte; we hear that the term "mainstream" predated Stanley Dance's 1958 Felsted sessions; Esler Crawford is disappointed by Universal's Armstrong box, citing poor value and annotation; Steve Voce thanks his well-wishers; Mike Somerton fondly remembers Bud Powell in Paris, September 1960; Garry Booth relates Ruby Braff's grave reaction to the mountains of Brecon.

In New York, former Sun Ra man Abdul Zahir Batin told Michael Tucker: "All that creativity in the city, way back then – it's gone." Mike put the town to the test over one November weekend.

Thirty leading critics choose 20 favourites from among the 798 records reviewed in Jazz Journal in 2011 to produce seven pages of comment. Over 200 records were nominated. See the top 10 new issues and top 10 reissues here.

Bob Weir fields queries and answers to questions on Kenton saxophonist John Park, the Merseysippi Jazz Band, Kathy Stobart, Phil Seamen, Art Tatum, Billy Kyle, JATP, Helen Merrill and others.

Ellington drummer and Democrat politician, Butch Ballard; André Hodeir, composer and critic who suggested a broad redefinition of “swing”; Walter Norris, pianist on Ornette Coleman’s Something Else!!!! who later settled in Berlin; Lucy Ann Polk, singer with Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown and an undersung jazz talent; Peter Symes, MoD man who combined his twin enthusiasms for jazz and photography.

Alan Luff recalls life on the last occasion the Olympic games were staged in London, including bunking off to watch Dinah Shore and the breaking of track records by jazz fans running away from bebop.

JAZZ JOURNAL 2011 READERS' POLL We're always giving you our opinion of the music but we'd like to hear yours and your opinion of Jazz Journal. Respond to the questions on page 41 of the February issue and be entered automatically in our prize draw for a CD or DVD.

More than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography every issue.

New issues:
Antonio Adolfo, Harry Allen, Jon Balke, Alan Barnes/David Newton, Freddy Cole, Denis Colin, Neil Cowley, Shirley Crabbe, Sam Crockatt, Andrew Cyrille, Joey DeFrancesco, John Escreet, Joel Forrester/Phillip Johnston, Bill Frisell (x2), Richard Galliano, Larry Goldings, Tord Gustavsen, Tim Hagans, Bengt Hallberg/Jan Lundgren, Eva Jagun, Peter James, Keith Jarrett, Jazz & Fly Fishing, Jazz Incorporated, Jonas Johansen, Nils Landgren, Rebecka Larsdotter, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Didier Malherbe/Eric Löhrer, René Marie, Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig, Dennis Rollins, Ted Rosenthal, Andy Sheppard, Jen Shyu/Mark Dresser, Jim Snidero, Anthony Strong, Tingvall Trio, Viktoria Tolstoy, trioVD, Dave Valentin, Cedar Walton, Jeff Williams.

Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Count Basie, Ruby Braff, Marion Brown, Dave Brubeck, California Ramblers, Paul Chambers/Tommy Flanagan, Al Cohn/Bill Perkins/Richie Kamuca, Coltrane/Cohn/Sims/Mobley, Paul Desmond, Curtis Fuller, Richard Galliano, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie/Roy Eldridge, Nat Gonella, Tim Hagans, Sir Roland Hanna, Bill Holman, Ahmad Jamal, Hank Jones, Barney Kessel, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Milton Nascimento, David "Fathead" Newman, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Raney, Max Roach, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Rollins, Shirley Scott, Archie Shepp, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Jazzmen Detroit, Michael White, Margaret Whiting, Joe Zawinul. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites.

See much more essential new release and gig information in our advertisers' announcements in the print edition of Jazz Journal.

Warner Jazz; Fresh Sound; Intermusic/Discovery; Avid; Norwich Jazz Party; Volenza Records; Crazy Jazz; Maggie Black's London Jazz; Music Inn, Nottingham; Gateshead International Jazz Festival; Jersey Jazz Festival

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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. Key features of recent issues are these:

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; 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

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