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Readers may have done a double-take on noticing lately names such as Bill Frisell, John Medeski, Michel Camilo and David Sanborn associated with the venerable OKeh imprint. Nearly a century after its first releases in 1918 the label, founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann, has been revived by Sony as the conduit for a new generation of jazz. Other new signings include Dave Holland (his new group Prism with Craig Taborn, Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland), Dhafer Youssef (with Nils Petter Molvaer and Eivind Aarset) and Craig Handy with a New Orleans take on the music of Jimmy Smith. New label boss Wulf Müller told JJ that the presence of a worldish artist such as Dhafer Youssef is nothing unusual for the label. "OKeh did already in the 1920s bring Czech, Hungarian, German and traditional Jewish music to the US to cater to the immigrants there. OKeh has a tradition of great recordings by great jazz artists, but as well has always been open to other music genres and especially ones related to jazz - blues and world music. And that is what I want to achieve again - high quality recordings with established and new artists who can bring something new and exciting to jazz." Reflecting its internationalist origins, "Global Expressions in Jazz" is the revived label's slogan. Sony have also issued a slew of back-catalogue collections featuring Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw and more . . . Guitarist George Benson, appearing in the Inheritance Tracks segment of BBC R4's Saturday Live on 15 June gave as his inherited track Just Friends by Charlie Parker with strings. It's perhaps surprising he didn't choose Wes Montgomery, nor Nat Cole, whom he honours on his latest album. Parker prevailed and soul-jazz titan Benson said of Just Friends: "It's probably the best improvisation of any record in history. Nobody has topped it – the most emotional, the most beautiful sound of any alto saxophone. That's the kind of artist I always wanted to be . . . Charlie Parker was the man."

Belfast workaholic Linley Hamilton combines trumpet-playing, broadcasting, teaching and doctoral studies with an appearance at this year's Wigan Jazz Festival; Barbados-educated Shabaka Hutchings sees a background embracing calypso, reggae and classical music as setting him apart from those born to jazz; Eddie Palmieri outlines his take on Latin music, the "instrumental mambo" that will have you dancing, standing or not

Reaction to Richard Palmer's jazz flop 10; more on Brew Moore; Don Shirely's magic on Love For Sale; answer three questions for a chance to win the new George Shearing CD


As the SLAM label approaches its silver jubilee, Jazz Journal talks to its much-travelled founder, saxophonist George Haslam

Simon Adams joins the queue to fess up on his 10 of his jazz dislikes. Who could they be?

In conversation with Mark Gilbert, Martino - once dubbed the Lee Van Cleef of the guitar for his lean, dapper appearance - touches on the psychology of influence, the importance of precision and how heavy strings counter a destructive right hand

Gordon Jack traces the trajectory of the "scrappy little Irishman" who played with Buddy DeFranco and Claude Thornhill and in the famed "Phil Anquill" group

Walk Tall: The Music & Life Of Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley; And All That Madness; Saxophone Secrets; Paul Whiteman: Pioneer In American Music, Vol Two, 1930-1967

Proper Music is reissuing Major Surgery's First Cut, one of the early flowerings of British jazz-rock. Dave Gelly remembers a special moment in Croydon jazz history

Ed Shaughnessy
, Tonight Show stalwart, sideman to leaders as various as Johnny Cash and Charlie Mingus and student of tabla player Alla Rakha; Mulgrew Miller, leading pianist out of the McCoy Tyner/Herbie Hancock school, 'one of those one-name guys, like Miles'; Peter Metag, promoter who let East Germany's agonies over jazz classification pass him by


Alan Luff marks the centenary of the Road Father

Bob Weir fields discussions on recent multi-CD sets, on Art Pepper's 1981 tour, on Laurindo Almeida's and Bud Shank's pre-emption of the jazz-samba fusion of the Getz/Byrd Jazz Samba and on the Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd albums that inspired this month's cover subject, Pat Martino

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 July 2013
Allyn, David: Where You At? (Hep CD 95)
Armstrong, Louis: The OKeh Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings - 1925-1933 (Sony Music 86979 45652)
Balcazar, JP: Rain (Fresh Sound FSNT 420)
Bean, Billy/Hal Gaylor, Walter Norris: The Trio (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 779)
Bell, Charles: Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 775)
Braxton, Anthony: Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 (hatOLOGY 715)
Burton, Gary: Guided Tour (Mack Avenue MAC 1074)
Camilo, Michael: What's Up? (OKeh 88883703992)
Charles, Ray: Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music Vols. 1 & 2 (Hoodoo 263434)
Chescoe's, Laurie/Reunion Band: Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella (P.E.K. Sound PKCD-372)
Cohen, Anat: Claroscuro (Anzic ANZ 0040)
Cohen, Avishai: Triveni II (Anzic ANZ 0039)
Cole, Nat/Quincy Jones: Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series Vol. 33 (TCB 02332) Compassionate Dictatorship: Entertaining Tyrants (Jellymould JM-JJ011)
Curtis, King: Trouble In Mind + It's Party Time (Hoo Doo 263430)
Diehl, Aaron: The Bespoke Man's Narrative (Mack Avenue MAC 1066)
Ellington, Duke/The Washingtonians: Rare And Early Duke Ellington Sessions 1924-1928 (Frog DGF 78)
Favre, Patrick: Origines (Label La Lichere LLL333)
Faye, Frances: Frenzy + Swinging All The Way (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 778)
Felder, Wilton: We All Have A Star + Inherit The Wind (Cherry Red CDMRED536) Fresu, Paolo/Devil Quartet: Desertico (Tuk Music Bon 130101)
Galliano, Richard/Jean-Charles Capon: Accordeon/Violoncelle (Frémeaux & Associés LLL177)
Gates, Giacomo: Miles Tones (Savant SCD 2124)
Germanson, Rick: Live At Smalls (Smalls Live SL-0024)
Globestars: See The World/Swing 'n Dance (Dragon Of Sweden DRCD415) Gordon, Wycliffe: The Intimate Ellington/Ballads And Blues (Criss Cross Jazz 1353)
Green, Benny: Magic Beans (Sunnyside SSC 1338)
Gurtu, Trilok: Spellbound (Moosicus 1206)
Hasselbring, Curtis: Number Stations (Cuneiform Rune 356)
Henderson, Scott/Jeff Berlin/Dennis Chambers: HBC (Music Theories Recordings MTR 7399 2)
Holgersson, Jonas: 4003 (Prophone PCD 133)
Horellou, Gael: Time After Time (Fresh Sound FSNT 422)
Jarrett, Keith: Somewhere (ECM 276 6370)
Jefferson, Ron/Tricky Lofton: Love Lifted Me & Brass Bag (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 772)
Joelle, Florence: Stealing Flowers (Zoltan ZOL005)
Johansen, Tore: Double Rainbow (Inner Ear INEA15)
Johansen, Tore: Open Minds (Inner Ear INEA 17)
Jones, Dill: Up Jumped You With Love (Hep CD 2025)
Jones, Sam: The Soul Society/The Chant/Down Home (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 765)
Kelly, Grace: Sweet Sweet Baby (Woodward Avenue 84501 85337)
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure PPAN CL 1401)
Laws, Ronnie: Mr. Nice Guy + Classic Masters (Soul Music SMCR25078)
Legrand, Michel: Le Grand Jazz (Phillips B 07373L)
McCann, Les: On Time (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 764)
McRae, Carmen: Something Wonderful (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 780)
Medeski, John: A Different Time (Okeh 88765444462)
Metheny, Pat: Tap: The Book Of Angels, Vol.20 (Nonesuch/Tzadik 7559 795 875)
Milverton, Craig: Bopularity (Raymer Sound RSCD 940)
Najar, Nate: Blues For Night People (Candid CCD 79992)
Oregon: Family Tree (CAMJ 7855-2)
Parker, Charlie: Complete Royal Boost Broadcasts (Jazz Dynamics 003)
Peterson, Oscar Plays And Sings/Soft Sands (Phoenix 131572)
Pieranunzi, Enrico/Marc Johnson/Paul Motian: Live At The Village Vanguard (Cam Jazz CAMJ 7857-2)
Redman, Joshua: Walking Shadows (Nonesuch 532288)
Robinson, Perry: Funk Dumpling (Fresh Sound FSR 1663)
Sagle, Chuck/Neil Hefti: Splendor In Brass & Jazz Pops (Fresh Sound/Jazz City FSR 2261)
Shearing, George: At Home (JazzKnight JKR001)
Simone, Nina: Empress Live! (Arts Records International 54725-2)
Sims, Zoot: New Beat Bossa Nova Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 (American Jazz Classics 99063)
Smith, Bessie: The Complete Columbia Recordings (Sony Music 87254 03102)
Speake, Martin: Always A First Time (Pumpkin 005)
Splashgirl: Field Day Rituals (Hubro CD 2520)
Stitt, Sonny: Rearin' Back + Tribute To Ellington (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 776)
Sun Ra: A Space Odyssey: From Birmingham To The Big Apple (Fantastic Voyage FVTD 154-156)
Tabor, June/Iain Ballamy/Huw Warren: Quercus (ECM 372 4555)
Taylor, James: Closer To The Moon (Real Self RS 4334)
VerPlanck, Marlene: Ballads . . . Mostly (Audiophile ACD-343)

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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:

June 2013: Michael Camilo; The Flop 10; Gwilym Simcock; Tubby Hayes; Slim Gaillard makes parliament
May 2013: John Critchinson; Brew Moore; Jamming The Blitz; Branford Marsalis; Larry Stabbins; Sophie Alloway
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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