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Wayne ShorterWayne Shorter, back with Blue Note four decades after his youthful triumphs with such as JuJu and Adam's Apple says "The challenge we as artists face today is to create a 'singularity' or an 'event horizon' so that as human beings we will break the cycle of ego dominated actions which through repetition keep us bound to stagnation which denies us entrance to the Portal Of Life's Ultimate Adventure!" (photo by Robert Ashcroft) . . . the first names for the 2013 Norwich Jazz Party, the annual Easter parade of the best of mainstream, have been announced, among them Harry Allen, Dan Barrett, Steve Brown, Alec Dankworth, Jim Galloway, Dave Green, Scott Hamilton, Duke Heitger, Jon-Erik Kellso, Rebecca Kilgore, Nicki Parrott, John Pearce, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Karen Sharp, Rossano Sportiello, Enrico Tomasso and Bobby Worth. More from tel 01603-620287 or www.norwichjazzparty.com . . . A forthcoming book may reveal hitherto unknown details of Miles Davis the man. Miles And Jo: Love Story In Blue by Jo Gellard is the author’s memoir of what she describes as a "turbulent and passionate affair" with her Manhattan Upper East Side neighbour Miles Davis in the 1980s while the latter was married to Cicely Tyson. Gellard promises "a rare, inside portrait of Miles Davis himself, and the private demons that fueled his genius," saying that while Miles could be "charming, inviting and sensual," he had "a dark side – cruel, reckless, jealous, and frighteningly intense." . . . Guitarists and others concerned with musical mechanics may be interested to know that the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe guitar amplifier has been issued in a George Benson signature version. Benson, noted for a number of top 20 soul hits marked by his trademark guitar-scat unisons but also for brief appearances on record with Miles Davis and an outstanding 1968 reading of Billie's Bounce with Herbie Hancock, said: "Just to have my name on these is enough prestige for a guitar player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."

Cornetist Warren Vaché hunkers down in New York on terms not much advanced on 1975; highly rated jazz drummer David Lyttle ruffles Northern Irish feathers with an album of urban sounds; and whale and woodwind man Paul Winter marks the 50th anniversary of his White House appearance with a new CD anthology

Defending the appearance of Don and Walter on JRR
: "I suspect that the Duke would have recognised the good stuff in Steely Dan" . . . Relishing our coverage of Jim Mullen: "So good to see Jim Mullen get some coverage in a UK jazz magazine (JJ October and November 2012). I have had the pleasure of listening to Jim since the mid 80s and his playing is always so soulful and just right in whatever context he plays" . . . Remembering Spike Robinson's taste for the obscure: "Spike's repertoire from the great American songwriters and his searching out of little known examples of the genre - 'nice old tunes' - mirrors my own love for this type of music and my search for recorded examples by jazz musicians who are prepared to find and play little known gems from this wonderful source" . . . Relating the Bexhill Observer's recent preview of a Fats Waller show: "Fats (real name Thomas) has a local connection – having performed in Hastings in the early years of the war and lived much of his life in Hastings, the last few years in a cottage on The Ridge"

The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story; Jazz: Body And Soul - Bob Willoughby Photographs And Recollections; Coltrane Chronicle; Funny Valentine: The Story Of Chet Baker. DVD: Richard Lerner: What Happened To Kerouac?

If you believed the press releases you might think that cross-pollination in jazz was invented somewhere towards the end of last week. Ognjen Tvrtković reminds us of a European player who trod that road decades ago, tapping into Europe's native orientalism in tunes such as the 1974 Slavic Mood, which mixed US-style modalism with Balkan minor second cadences and the like. He'd earlier made landfall in the US with the Herman band and after illness some years ago he's back on form touring Europe at the age of 81 with players such as Scott Hamilton

In part two, Simon reacts to Evan Parker, Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan, Marius Neset, Dick Morrissey & Jim Mullen, Bob Mintzer, Eric Kloss and jazz journalism

Steve Voce discovers Ricky Riccardi's Louis biography, counts the cost of the new 70-year copyright law and hears from the recovering Clark Terry

The editor sensed that unusually among the throng of contemporary piano trios, Jacob Karlzon's is led by a hot jazz pianist with a taste for harmony and a gift for compelling formal development, so he asked fellow enthusiast Fred Grand to find out more about More

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 5: Art Tatum

Eddie Harvey, engineer turned George Webb, John Dankworth and Woody Herman sideman; Ted Curson, trumpeter combining bop and avant-garde with the finest moustache in the music; Ian Pearce, Tasmanian pianist and first-call accompanist to US visitors such as Kenny Davern and Buddy Tate; David S. Ware, saxophonist whose 90s quartet was likened to the classic Coltrane group

Alan Luff says we must not forget the second-liners – the photographers, promoters and impresarios without whom even the best jazz musicians might not be heard or known

RECORD REVIEWS JJ offers unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz: we carry more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz right across the board in every issue. This month:

New issues: Johnny Åman, Jakob Anderskov, Sophie Bancroft, Dan Block, Douglas Bradford, Dale Bruning & Bill Frisell, Erika Dagnino, Denise Donatelli, Connie Evingson, Max Frankl, Tia Fuller, Jan Garbarek, Gypsy Fire, Marquis Hill, Yuri Honing, Benedikt Jahnel, Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias, Wayne Krantz, Nils Landgren, Lionel Loueke, Davide Mantovani, Dominic J Marshall, Ivo Neame, NYJO, Akiko Pavolka, Marcus Printup, Iiro Rantala, Wadada Leo Smith/Louis Moholo Moholo, Bobo Stenson, Mike Stern, Studio Tan, Eberhard Weber, Wild Card

Reissued or unissued archive material: Ernestine Anderson, Patti Bown, Dave Brubeck, Jackie Cain/Roy Kral, Arnett Cobb, Bill Evans, Jane Fielding, Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong, LaGaylia Frazier/Jan Lundgren, Grant Green, Johnny Griffin, Bill Hardman, Joe Harriott, Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, Beverly Kenney, Lee Konitz, Harold Land/Kenny Dorham, Barbara Long, Charlie Parker, Irene Reid, David Sanborn, Savoy Orpheans, Sonny Stitt, Sun Ra

As far as CD sourcing is concerned, as with all issues we cover please consult our regular specialist advertisers, such as Crazy Jazz and Music Inn.

See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites.

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Warner Jazz; Intermusic/Discovery; Fresh Sound; Wild Card; Spotlite; Jazzed Media; Chet Baker book/Melrose Books; Jive Aces; Sophie Bancroft; New Orleans Hot Club; Crazy JazzMusic Inn, NottinghamMaggie Black's London Jazz

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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:

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; 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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