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ON THE BEAT
The fourth edition of the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, programmed by pianist and local resident Jan Lundgren, takes place over the long weekend of 1-4 August 2013. Among those announced so far for the long weekend in the so-called "Provence of Sweden" are Hugh Masekela, Clarence Penn, Elina Duni, Harry Allen, Fabrizio Bosso, Kenny Barron, George Mraz, Lewis Nash, Tom Harrell (pictured right, by Ed Gleason), Tigran, Rigmor Gustafsson, Goran Kajfes, Dmitry Baevsky, Caecilie Norby, Champian Fulton, Jacob Karlzon, John Parricelli and Lars Danielsson. See our reviews of Ystad 2011 and 2012 for more flavour. Tickets and travel details here . . . The fourth annual Titley Jazz Festival in Powys, Wales takes place from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July, with around 40 top British names and a mixture of mainstream to modern jazz, including tributes to Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and Django Reinhardt. Hosted on a friendly, compact site at The Rodd, Presteigne (postcode LD8 2LL), with an average audience size of 500, the festival includes Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Nigel Hitchcock, Steve Waterman, Dave Newton, Chris Biscoe, Peter King, Alan Skidmore, Stan Tracey, Steve Melling and Andy Cleyndert. The festival also offers free on-site parking, camping for weekend ticket holders, hot and cold food including a hog roast and a choice of 30 different real ales plus a cider bar. More information from organiser David Masters: tel 01544-260119, email Roddhurst@tiscall.co.uk and at titleyjazz.com . . . The little French village of Marciac packs the usual spectacular international programme into its 36th jazz festival (26 July-15 August), including Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Roberto Fonseca, Richard Galliano, Ahmad Jamal, Al Jarreau, Paco de Lucia and Maceo Parker. More at jazzinmarciac.com . . . Dave Bennett presents the Chris Barber & Wally Fawkes Quintet at the Irish Centre, Basingstoke on 30 May. Enquiries to 0794 204 0779 or blackbird@waitrose.com.

PROFILES
Drummer Sophie Alloway makes the music strong enough to speak for itself and lets politics go hang;  saxophonist Larry Stabbins is glad he reverted to music following a brush with philosophy; the Barrett Brothers update Django's message the length of Kent and beyond

LETTERS
Our Gilad Atzmon cover "one of best ever"; Harry James played jazz; defending Dave Frishberg; Braff again; the astonishing Nigel Hitchcock; Bud Powell's enduring depth and richness  . . . and more

THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPORTANCE
Brian Morton, recalling his fellow author Richard Cook's description of Kind Of Blue as superior mood music, wonders if it's time for a corrective guide to the great jazz tradition

BOOK REVIEWS
Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert; Mr PC; Taj Mahal Foxtrot; Jazz Icons; Mixed Messages: American Jazz Stories

JOHN CRITCHINSON
The British pianist talks to Simon Spillett about life after Ronnie Scott, solo playing and Girls Aloud

BREW MOORE

Gordon Jack remembers the "soft, sweet, southern boy" who played outstanding bebop in NYC before driving to the coast with Woody Guthrie, getting namechecked by Jack Kerouac and eventually moving to Europe

JAMMING THE BLITZ: THE 1941 HMV SESSION
With the latest eruption of BBC swing-era nostalgia courtesy of Stephen Poliakoff and Swinging Into The Blitz still fresh in our minds, Peter Powell gives a first-hand account of a complementary event from the time

BRANFORD MARSALIS: A TOP 10
Following the acclaim for (and occasional active indifference towards) Branford Marsalis's Four MFs album in this magazine lately, we publish a list of 10 favourite records chosen by Branford for the editor in 2002. Expediency or inclination might have funnelled BM into hard bop but other widely varying dimensions have fed into the mix too

JAZZ INFORMATION
Bob Weir referees the chat about Art Pepper, Clifford Brown, Bernard Peiffer, Stan Tracey, Albert McCarthy and more

OBITUARIES
Kenny Ball, trad trumpeter famed for his dapper looks and chirpy cockney humour whose Midnight In Moscow reached no. 2 in the UK and US charts; Terry Lightfoot, junior reporter who turned professional musician in 1956, toured with Kid Ory in 1959 and retired to run a pub in Harpenden; Pat Halcox, trumpeter who forsook research chemistry with Glaxo for 54 years – "the longest continuous partnership in jazz history" – with Chris Barber; Melvin Rhyne, organist best known for his work with Wes Montgomery who enjoyed renewed popularity with a younger generation fascinated by the classic organ combo; Paul Tanner, Glenn Miller trombonist who invented a variation on the theremin and played it on the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations

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.

Complete list of CDs reviewed in JJ May 2013
Adderley, Julian "Cannonball": The Quintessence (Frémeaux & Associés FA 291)
Au, Callum/Big Band: Something's Coming (Callum Au CABBCD001)
Baker, Chet/Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (Jazz Dynamics 002)
Bromberg, Brian: Compared To That (Artistry ART7028)
Bromberg, Brian: In The Spirit Of Jobim (Artistry ART7021)
Bromberg, Brian: Bromerg Plays Hendrix (Artistry ART7030)
Brown, Les: Sentimental Journey (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY903)
Carter, Ron/Golden Striker Trio: San Sebastian (In + Out IOR 77103-9)
Dean, Roger: Multi-piano 1978-2012 (Tall Poppies TP225)
DeJohnette, Jack: Special Edition (ECM 372 1965)
Díaz, Joan: We Sing Wayne Shorter (Discmedi Blau 4933-02)
Downes, Kit: Light From Old Stars    (Basho SRCD 42-2)
Eilertsen, Mats: Sails Set (Hubro 2524)
Evans, Gil: Four Classic Albums (Avid AMSC 1077)
Farmers Market: Slav To The Rhythm (Division 019)
Fat Babies: Chicago Hot (Delmark DE253)
Feldman, Victor: Swinging On A Star (Candid CCS 79107)
Free Dot: Just Flux! (SLAMCD 543)
Gale, Eric: Part Of You/Touch Of Silk (BGOCD1075)
Garrick, Michael/Don Weller: You've Changed (Hep 2011)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Schweben - Ay, But Can Ye? (Maya 1201)
Golson, Benny: Free + Turning Point (Poll Winners 27310)
Gomez, Eddie: Per Sempre (Challenge CR73344)
Herman, Woody: One-Two-Three-Four Jump (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY894)
Hitchcock, Nigel: Smoothitch (Eight Inch Clock, nigelhitchcock.com)
Hopkins, Chris/Bernd Lhotzky: Partners In Crime (Echoes Of Swing 4510)
Humair, Daniel: Sweet & Sour (Laborie LJ19)
Ilg, Dieter: Parsifal (ACT 9544-2)
James, Harry/And His Music Makers: Flash Harry Broadcasts 1942-46 (Hep 94)
Jones, Carmell: The Remarkable/Business Meetin’ (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 758)
Kriegel, Volker: Jazzfest Berlin 81 (MIG80187)
Lou, Kendra: To The End Of The World (Discovery CALI1111)
Machacek, Alex: FAT ((Abstract Logix ABLX 036)
Manne, Shelly: 2-3-4 + My Fair Lady (Poll Winners 27309)
Mazurek, Rob/Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations (Delmark DE 2018)
McCallum, Stuart: Distilled Live (Naim Jazz 185)
McNulty, Chris: The Song That Sings You Here (Challenge CR73341)
McPherson, Charles: Live At The Cellar (Cellar Live CL000726)
Metheny, Pat: The Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch 531821-2)
Micus, Stephan: Panagia (ECM 371 6395)
Mingus, Charles: The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Mosaic MD7-253)
Moreaux, Nicolas: Fall Somewhere (Fresh Sound FSNT 417)
Moskus: Salesykkel (Hubro 2518)
Møster: Edvard Lygre Møster (Hubro 2527)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing:  Slippery Rock (Hot Cup 123)
Neset, Marius: Birds (Edition 1040)
New York Voices: Live With The WDR Big Band Cologne (Palmetto PM 2160)¬
Parker, Charlie/Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (Essential Jazz Classics 55566)
Pelzer, Jacques: Never Let Me Go (Igloo 084)
Penn, Clarence: Dali In Cobble Hill (Criss Cross 1350)
Peoria Jazzband Of Sweden: Tell Me Your Dreams (Imogena 174)
Peterson, Oscar: Night Train (Poll Winners 27308)
Peyroux, Madeleine: The Blue Room (Decca 8877571)
Riel, Alex: Full House: Live At Jazzhus Montmartre (Storyville 1014276)
Ryan, Jackie: Listen Here (Open Art 07442)
Sauer, Heinz/Michael Wollny: Don’t Explain (ACT 9549)
Schaefer, Eric: Who Is Afraid Of Richard W.? (ACT 9543)
Schwarz, Zoe: Slow Burn (33 Jazz 229)
Sims, Zoot: In Paris (Poll Winners 27306)
Souter, Tessa: Beyond The Blue (Motéma MTM 87)
Spillett, Simon: Square One (Gearbox vinyl 1512/CD 1512)
Thomas, Leon    : The Creator 1969-1973 – The Best Of The Flying Dutchman Masters (Flying Dutchman 257)
Tippett, Keith: You Are Here…I Am There (Esoteric 2366)
Tippett, Keith: “Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening” (Esoteric 2367)
Truffaz, Erik: El Tiempo De La Revolucion (Blue Note 5099997903925)
Tyner, McCoy: Inception + Reaching Fourth (American Jazz Classics 99062)
Veronneau: Jazz Samba Project (VMU 1201)
Wheeler, Kenny: Mirrors (Gearbox 1513, vinyl)

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BACK COPIES

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:

April 2013: Kenny Wheeler; Nigel Hitchcock; Rudresh Mahanthappa; Neil Ardley; Bristol jazz festival
March 2013: Wayne Shorter, Big Jay McNeely; Mark Lockheart; Jazz Samba 50th anniversary; Dan Kildare
February 2013: Gilad Atzmon, Bob Belden, Tori Freestone, Readers' Poll 2012, Bennie Green, Beverly Kenney
January 2013: Rollins/Getz/Coltrane, Critics' Poll 2012, Manu Katché, Julian Joseph, TCB profile
December 2012: Duško Gojković, Simon Spillett pt 2, Jacob Karlzon, Warren Vaché, Paul Winter
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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