Jazz Journal, June 2015 in brief

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FROM THE EDITOR
We talk of stylistic revolutions in jazz – swing, bebop, modal, free jazz and so on – but how accurate are our assumptions about what happened when and to what extent? For example, was the emergence of free jazz as significant an event as some historians suggest? A new study “The evolution of popular music: USA 1960–2010” says we can “no longer appeal to anecdote, connoisseurship and theory unadorned by data”. Thanks to the new abundance of digitized musical data (i.e., the explosion of digital music services such as Last.fm) scientists at two London universities have been able to quantify the harmonic and timbral properties of the 17094 songs that appeared in the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 2010 to determine how popular music really changed and whether so-called revolutions (eg, the idea that the Beatles changed the course of 1960s US pop) were fact or fantasy (in this case they conclude fantasy). One result that won’t be a surprise is “the lingering death of Jazz and Blues in the Hot 100” in this period. The abstract is on the Royal Society Open Science website.

JOHN ALTMAN
The man behind the music for the tank chase in GoldenEye and more than 4000 TV commercials plays spot the jazz lick with Mark Gilbert

PROFILES

Pianist Neil Cowley revives Dudley Moore; guitarist Hedvig Mollestad revives Black Sabbath; trumpeter Terence Blanchard moves on from Blakey

LETTERS
Jazz Greats; concert acoustics; Brian Lemon; V-Discs; Benny Green

STILL CLINGING TO THE WRECKAGE
Steve Voce recalls events from the French civil war that surrounded the 1948 Nice jazz festival and remembers a Muddy Waters recital “etched on my mind forever”

ON THE OTHER HAND
Dave Gelly sends us back to some magic Billie (no surname needed) moments and remembers Benny (Green) and Mick (Collins)

MICHEL CAMILO
Ahead of Camilo’s 13 June concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Dave Jones characterizes the playing style of the Dominicano keyboard virtuoso

DAVE HOLLAND
My instruments: the former Miles Davis bassist gets to the bottom of things with Bruce Lindsay

LEE KONITZ
Although he has usually preferred small-group settings, Lee Konitz ran a nonet in the 1970s. Gordon Jack tells its story

BOOK & DVD REVIEWS

Books: The Big Love: Life And Death With Bill Evans // Free Jazz/Black Power // I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography Of Jimmy Heath // Bass Lines: A Life In Jazz, by Coleridge Goode // A Dictionary For The Modern Clarinetist // Out Of Silence: poems by John Harvey // Notes From A Jazz Life by Digby Fairweather // DVD: Scenes From A Jazz Life

LABEL DOSSIER #6: TRIO
Trio Records has been around for an impressive 16 years, the brainchild of the multi-talented Andrew Cleyndert

ANEC-DOTAGE
Alan Luff “covers” the artwork of Riverside and ECM

RECORD REVIEWS

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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:

May 2015: Nils Petter Molvaer; Roberto Magris; Stefan Pasborg; Don Byron; Philip Larkin on Ellington
April 2015: Laurence Cottle; Mark Crooks, Nguyên Lê, Rudy Royston, Clark Terry, Benny Green, Lawrence Brown 
March 2015: Red Garland, Digby Fairweather, Joakim Milder, Joe Stilgoe, Buddy Collette, Ken Peplowski
February 2015: Peter Erskine, Jan Garbarek, Wallace Roney, Goran Kafjes, Jazz on V-Disc, Acker Bilk
January 2015: Kenny Barron; Lenny White, Henry Lowther, Sarah Moule; Simon Phillips; Critics' Poll 2014
December 2014: Eric Dolphy; Jacob Fischer; Antonio Sanchez, Duncan Lamont; Jack Bruce; Classical Tinge 11
November 2014: Joshua Redman; Sun Ra; Charlie Wood; Richard Pite; Wally Fawkes; Classical Tinge 10
October 2014: Jimmy Giuffre; Charles Tolliver; Dylan Howe; Al Cohn; Classical Tinge, part 9; Kathy Stobart
September 2014: Anat Cohen; Kristin Korb; Jack Parnell; Gary McFarland; Classical Tinge, part 8; festival reviews
August 2014: Stanley Clarke; Steve Fishwick; Cindy Blackman; Randy Brecker pt2; Horace Silver; Dale Bruning
July 2014: Ehud Asherie; Jack Honeyborne; Alexander Bone; Curtis Stigers; Don Fagerquist; Joe Wilder
June 2014: Swedish folk-jazz; James Pearson; Pedro Segundo; Randy Brecker; Spike Heatley; Liane Carroll
May 2014: Tim Garland; Gregory Porter; Mike Henry; Dan Barrett; Pee Wee Russell; Dick Twardzik
April 2014: Eiji Kitamura; Jason Rebello, Herlin Riley, Dave Newton, Yusef Lateef, Jim Hall, Alice Babs
March 2014: Ronnie Cuber; Alec Dankworth; Jamie Baum; Dianne Reeves; Preservation Hall; Classical Tinge, part 4
February 2014: Jan Lundgren; Derek Nash; Denny Zeitlin; Verneri Pohjola; Lake Records; Classical Tinge, part 3
January 2014: Scott Henderson; Critics' Poll 2013; Robert Fowler; Martin Speake; Jeff Lorber; Tommy Whittle
December 2013: Diana Krall; Arve Henriksen; Charlie Ventura; Chuck Riggs; Classical Tinge, part 2
November 2013: Alan Broadbent; Marc Parnell; Ted Beament; Fresh Sound; Classical Tinge, part 1 
October 2013: Stacey Kent; Tina May; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Does Jazz Change The World?; Dizzy Reece
September 2013: Ahmad Jamal; Digby Fairweather; Soweto Kinch; Asaf Sirkis; 10 Things Jazz Should Do Without
August 2013: Stan Tracey; Sue Richardson, Huw Warren; Spike Wilner; Jack McDuff; Chicago now
July 2013: Pat Martino; Gene Quill; Shabaka Hutchings; Eddie Palmieri; Don Weller; Mulgrew Miller
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; Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; 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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