Editorial Dec 09


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December contents:

  • Michael Janisch: Mark Gilbert finds the message in the melody
  • Gene Krupa: Brian Morton finds the nuance in the noise
  • Karen Sharp: Derek Ansell tunes into Lyttelton's sidelady 
  • More features: Extraordinary Renditions: Mark Ramsden on his favourite jazz beyond jazz - no pets burned but hot stuff from Steely Dan, Hubert Laws and others; John Watson catches up with NY's Vanguard Orchestra  
  • Columns: Steve Voce on George T Simon and Rex Stewart; Alan Luff goes for a Burton with vibes from Hamp to Hart 
  • Book reviews: High Hat, Trumpet And Rhythm (Valaida Snow); Jade Visions (Scott LaFaro); Swing From A Small Island (Leslie Thompson); Last Chorus (Humphrey Lyttelton); The Horn (the early 50s novel)
  • DVD reviews: John McLaughlin And The 4th Dimension; Thelonious Monk, Paris '69; Marc Ribot, La Corde Perdue; Buddy Rich, Up Close; Sonny Rollins, Montreal '82; Yellow Jackets, Paris '08
  • Record reviews: over 80 discs, including new issues from John Abercrombie, Bob Albanese, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Hiram Bullock, Gerald Clayton, Jacqui Dankworth, Kit Downes, Dave McKenna, Geoff Gascoyne, Tord Gustavsen, Dick Hyman, Keith Jarrett, Scott LaFaro, Omar Puente, Rossano Sportiello, Tomasz Stanko and Abram Wilson and reissues of Barber, Brubeck, Burton/Corea, June Christy, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Wild Bill Davidson, Humph, Shelly Manne, Mingus, Mulligan, Phil Seamen, Zoot Sims and many more.  

The November 2009 issue, available here, includes Michael Tucker on 40 years of ECM; Ken Peplowski gets a massage with Portico; tenor man Grant Stewart; Creed Taylor back on the road; Steve Voce on Lita Roza; John Robert Brown on the C Melody saxophone; Steve Voce's Scratching The Surface and Alan Luff's Anec-dotage.

Mark Gilbert