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Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Chick Corea Elektric Band drummer Dave Weckl are among the percussion masters who will appear at the first Buddy Rich memorial concert to be held in London . . . The build-up to the 2012 festival season continues: Ystad, Sweden (get a flavour from our massive 2011 coverage) has announced a host of top-drawer international names for August 2012, including Tomasz Stanko, Billy Harper, Terje Rypdal, China Moses, Arild Andersen, Bengt Hallberg, Anders Bergcrantz, Richard Galliano, Eliane Elias, Nils Landgren, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marc Johnson, Benny Green, Paolo Vinnacia, Caecilie Norby, Claire Martin, Paolo Fresu, Sinne Eeg, Viktoria Tolstoy, Victor Lewis, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Bernt Rosengren. Full programme 12 April. Ascona (21 June-1 July): announced so far for the picturesque lakeside festival (21 June-1 July) are Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Nicki Parrott, Pee Wee Ellis, Warren Vaché, Wycliffe Gordon, Charly Antolini and Lillian Boutté. Coutances, France (12-19 May): it’s nearby yet exotic and picking up an international profile partly due to Derek Ansell’s coverage in Jazz Journal. The sixth Norwich Jazz Party (5-7 May): the complete lineup is now available on the website . . . Memories of the famed Barry Summer School, founded 1966, are raised by the launch of The Original UK Jazz Summer School, 29 July to 3 August . . . See the print edition of JJ for full stories and much more of the latest jazz news.

Singer, B3 man and ECM fan Anthony Strong is flattered by comparisons with Michael Bublé and Harry Connick; one-time Chet Baker sideman Enrico Pieranunzi has lately been blowing on Scarlatti; reedman and pilot Jonny Boston says flying Dodds-class with Max Collie’s aces turned him into a more original player.

Rage and rejoicing at JJ's new star system . . . Dismay at Richard Palmer's suggestion that jazz is over . . . Black thoughts on the identification of skin tone . . . Brian Morton's welcome coverage of Etta James and Michael Garrick . . . Going grey over colour: Why do some CD producers let graphic designers run amok with legibility?

The follies and foibles of the jazz world would try the patience of the most reasonable man. Even the normally sanguine Steve Voce has been driven from retirement by the derelictions of a business he thought he’d left in good order.

Is Europe now the centre of jazz development? The success of Germany’s ACT label over 20 years might suggest so. Brian Morton talks to its founder Siggi Loch who, at 72, remains an energetic proponent of the idea.

Simon Spillett talks to the (now full-time) saxophonist whose medical career was no impediment to jobs with Britain’s finest – Stan Tracey, Bill Le Sage and Mike Garrick among them.

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 2: Joplin and James P. Johnson.

Red Holloway
: ‘Hell, if you have a ship going to the moon, I’ll play on that as well!’ Jodie Christian: From rolling fills for Muddy Waters to harmonically sophisticated lines behind Griffin and Ammons. Clare Fischer: A major influence, via the Hi-Lo’s, on Herbie Hancock’s harmonic concept. Totti Bergh: Norwegian reedman who combined front-line jazz jobs with work in finance.

Mike Taylor traces the story of the British trombonist whose natural flair for the instrument took him into the Lyttelton band in very short order and inspired Muggsy Spanier to declare in JJ December 1960: “The trombone player was outstanding.” Part 1.

Your queries and caveats, predominantly discographical, chaired by Bob Weir.

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Beats & Pieces; Maxime Bender; Lluis Coloma; Chick Corea with Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian; Lars Danielsson; Yuroy Galkin; Mike Gibbs/Norma Winstone/NDR Big Band; Ahmad Jamal; Pat Martino; Brad Mehldau; ; André Nendza; Verneri Pohjola; Gregory Porter; Esbjörn Svensson Trio; Ulf Wakenius.

Reissues or unissued archive material: Lorez Alexandria; Count Basie; Evans Bradshaw/Roosevelt Wardell; Ray Bryant; Benny Carter; Benny Carter/Earl Hines; Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/Johnny Griffin; Duke Ellington/Count Basie; Herb Ellis; Bill Evans; Victor Feldman; Red Garland/Ray Bryant; Jimmy Giuffre; Slide Hampton; Milt Jackson; Pete Jolly; Oliver Jones; Stan Kenton; Junior Mance; The Mangione Brothers; The Montgomery Brothers; Joe Newman; Anita O'Day; Bud Powell; Gene Quill; Paul Quinichette/Charlie Rouse; Max Roach; Charlie Rouse/Julius Watkins; Bud Shank; Rex Stewart; Stan Tracey; Various: The Big Blast.

Capsule comment, discography and star rating on CDs we don't have space to review in full. This month: Abercrombie / Erskine / Mintzer / Patitucci; Arcoleo, Josh; Arthurs, Tom/ Richard Fairhurst; Bechet, Sidney; Breinschmid, Georg; Cairncross, Heather; Cervini, Amy; Cinque; Cocuzzi, John; D’Andrea, Franco; Dorsey, Tommy; Ellington, Duke; Farmer, Art; Feather, Lorraine; Fitzgerald, Ella; Gilkes, Marshall; Ginsburg, Josh; Goodman, Benny; Grusin, Dave /  Don Grusin; Hein, Lukas; Holiday, Billie; Hubbard, Freddie; Jordanous, Paul; Lark, Bob; Laswell, Bill; Martesson, Emilia / Barry Green; Mobley, Bill/And The Smoke Big Band; Molvaer, Nils Petter; Moran, Nick; Murphy, Orla; Nelson, Oliver; Ombre, Romane; Ousley, Jamie; Palatino; Parker, Charlie; Partikel; Pertiet, Henning; Pesonen, Markus; Postcards From Home; Quilibrí; Raymond, John; Reilly, Jack; Reinhardt, Dotschy; Ritenour, Lee; Ronnie Scott’s All Stars; São Paolo Underground; Scheckter, Jane; Sekine, Hiroe; Silver, Horace; Sorenson, Nick/ John Law; Spalding, Esperanza; Spyro Gyra; Stivin, Jiri / Ali Haurand; Stylles, JC; Taylor, Cecil; The Wee Trio; Tournesol; Treni, Michael; Various: History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol 1&2; Various: Glenn Miller’s AAF Band Arrangements; Various: Spiritual Jazz Volume II; Various: Swing In The Films Of Woody Allen: Various: New Orleans Blues, Soul & Jazz Gumbo; Vitchev, Hristo; Washington Jr, Grover; Weckl, Dave; Wesseltoft, Bugge; Wilson, Teddy; Wofford, Mike/ Holly Hofmann; Wood, Charlie; Zjaca, Ratko.

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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. Among the key features of recent issues are these:

March 2012: Randy Brecker; Phil Robson; Piano Jazz Revisited, Part 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; In My Opinon: 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


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