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In-depth news:
First news of Europe's summer's jazz festivals, among which are Ascona in Italy and Ystad in Sweden . . . Marlene VerPlanck gets set for her customary spring visit to the UK, playing dates across the country in March . . . After 27 years Gary Carner has finished the first of two books on Pepper Adams: Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography, is to be published in August along with a six-CD Adams box set . . . The Jazz Baroness, the documentary reshown during BBC4's jazz weekend last month, is to be released on DVD in April with an additional 100 minutes of previously unseen interview footage with players . . . A previously unheard studio album from the famed Swedish trio E.S.T., recorded in 2007 and titled 301, is to be released on the ACT label, 26 March 2012. More in news.

Clarinettist James Evans leads an eyebrow-raising originals band and looks forward to a new album with Alan Barnes; guitarist Phil Robson unlocks the secrets of his Immeasurable Code album, featuring Mark Turner; trumpeter Tom Arthurs says he likes notes, harmony and time just as much as improvising freely.

The irritation of realising that there was no Jazz Journal for January 1978 . . . We review too many reissues, say two readers . . . Bud Powell's Parisian lap dance . . .  A reasoned argument for star ratings sees JJ's resistance of decades crumbling . . .  High for months: Marshall Zucker gives chapter and verse on the consistently high standard of jazz journalism seen in JJ.


Dave Gelly gets behind the news with insights into the Live Music Bill and its promise for a blossoming of live jazz in London, the welcome scuppering of Westminster council's plan to raise evening parking charges in London's West End, and Alan Barnes's thinking on the decline of public whistling. The reason? Modern pop is virtually bereft of tunes.

Many years ago Fred Dellar's Kenton-style concert grabbed a Melody Maker headline. Savour the expertise in his first crossword for JJ.

The received wisdom concerning jazz piano – its genesis, its key figures and its very nature – is, argues Richard Palmer, in need of radically corrective revision. Part 1: A canon goes off.

Mark Gilbert finds out how the renowned trumpeter has been getting on since his last extensive appearance in this magazine in 1969, after which he moved into music which caused apoplexy in one noted US critic.

Simon Spillett wonders where chords and tunes will be played once the newest new thing has decimated grass roots audiences.

BOOKS: Gunther Schuller; John Surman; Andrew Hill; Gil Scott-Heron. DVD: Jazz Icons Series 5 (Blakey, Coltrane, Griffin, Hubbard, Kirk, Monk); David Murray.

Bob Brookmeyer
, trombonist and arranger who took on the entire jazz tradition; Russ Garcia, author of the seminal volume The Professional Arranger Composer; Sam Rivers, sometimes unwisely overlooked tenor saxophone individualist; Art Hillery, late-blooming Los Angeles pianist who led his first record date aged 85.

Geoffrey Battison wonders how other readers found their way into jazz. For him it was a tortuous journey that began with dance-band broadcasts floating through the ether to suburbia.

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

New issues:
Jason Adasiewicz, Anderskov Accident, Nat Birchall, Blue Touch Paper, Ron Carter's Great Big Band, Nigel Clark, The Claudia Quintet, Ben Crosland, Domino Trio, Steve Gadd, Get The Blessing, The Great Wee Band, Anders Hagberg, Roy Haynes, Lars Jansson, Mike Longo, Kevin Mahogany & Tony Lakatos, Tania Maria, Christian McBride, Metamorphic, Szilárd Mezei, Houston Person, Giovanna Pessi & Susanna Wallumrød, Chris Potter, Zoe Rahman, Enrico Rava, Bob Sheppard, Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, Martin Taylor & Alan Barnes.

Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Louis Armstrong, Albert Ayler, Chris Barber, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Buck Clayton, Graham Collier, Miles Davis, Buddy DeFranco & Tommy Gumina, Diz Disley, Harry Edison, Duke Ellington, Tony Fruscella & Brew Moore, Stan Getz, Nat Gonella, Friedrich Gulda, Coleman Hawkins & Tommy Flanagan, Fletcher Henderson, Ernie Henry, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Harold Land, Junior Mance, Jackie McLean, Sergio Mendes, Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery, Red Nichols, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Cambridge University Jazz, Ben Webster. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites.

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

Warner Jazz; Intermusic/Discovery; Serious; Proper; Harmonia Mundi; Bill Jackson/Ed Bentley; Ben Crosland; Crazy JazzMusic Inn, Nottingham;

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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:

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; 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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