Author Archives: clivedav184z

About clivedav184z

Journalist and reviewer for The Times & Sunday Times.

Sinatra, 99

  It’s his centenary next year. (And I’m eagerly awaiting arrival of the new set of London recordings.) In the meantime, here’s one of my favourite tracks from “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers”. Compare and contrast with this version of the same … Continue reading

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Correcting Wikipedia

Is that noble experiment in “controlled anarchy” in danger of losing its way? David Auerbach recalls his own encounter with people who seem to spend as much time feuding as editing: Because Wikipedia is so unprecedented, I cut it a … Continue reading

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“Bob Dylan’s career-long exploration of regional American music has finally reached Las Vegas.” The snarky way of announcing  the singer’s Sinatra project. How a country haemorrhages people: Portugal’s emigration crisis. Beyond parody. A story for our times. “If you’ve ever wondered what happens … Continue reading

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Morning ritual, Calcutta

Nick Ng’s shot of ablutions at the Hooghly river, a branch of the Ganges. From a selection of entries to the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Remembering Tom Jobim

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of his sudden death, aged just 67.  I always regret not seizing the chance to meet him when I was in New York earlier in 1994, covering Verve’s 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. Jobim … Continue reading

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Ferguson: what they saw, and what they didn’t see

The Washington Post assembles detailed, eye-witness accounts of the shooting of Michael Brown.  In the end, they’re a reminder of how fallible and contradictory memory can be: A family in a minivan — mother and father up front, two adult daughters … Continue reading

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World music albums of the year

Just for a change, a home-grown recording tops my world music choices in the Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year [£]. 1  VARIOUS  The Elizabethan Session (Quercus) 2  MELINGO Linyera (World Village) 3  AURELIO Landini (Real World) 4  MAYRA ANDRADE, Lovely Difficult (Sterns … Continue reading

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H.P. Lovecraft “had a deep-seated abhorrence of blacks, Jews, southern Italians, Portuguese, Poles, Mexicans, French Canadians, and virtually every other race that was not ‘light-skinned Nordic’.”  Portrait of a writer in the New York Review of Books. Whatever happened to … Continue reading

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Jazz albums of the year

  My round-up of the best jazz releases of 2014.  Full details in today’s Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year [£]. 1 HENRY BUTLER/STEVEN BERNSTEIN  Viper’s Drag (Impulse!) 2 DYLAN HOWE  Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin (Motorik) 3 … Continue reading

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The cure for the Monday morning blues

Always works for me. And almost certainly the only pop song with cameos from Nietzsche, Goya, Cleopatra and Demosthenes.

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