Monthly Archives: December 2015

Behind the facade

I spent a couple of hours wandering around Bath – my home town – yesterday. It’s always fun to get a glimpse of the other side of Pulteney Bridge. By the weir at the front, there’s an open-air platform that … Continue reading

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For much of the time that it was a resort serving the Georgian power elite, Bath was a building site where finely dressed visitors in brocaded coats, hoop petticoats and sack-back dresses shared the narrow streets with sweaty labourers in … Continue reading

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Blue sky at last

After what felt like a month of dank, grey clouds… The Thames this morning.

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Critic on critic

Jay Rayner, jazz man, good egg. From my review in The Times Some mistake, surely? The big, bearded bloke from MasterChef? Is he a jazz pianist too? Well, it’s true that no one would mistake Jay Rayner for Oscar Peterson, … Continue reading

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With Trump and Le Pen in the news, it seems a good time to revisit an old Sinclair Lewis novel. He got there before Philip Roth…

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Jazz albums of the year

My pick of 2015 in today’s Sunday Times [£]. Indra Rios-Moore: Heartland (Impulse!) Timo Lassy: Love Bullet (Membran) Charlie Hunter: Let the Bells Ring On (There) Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia) Dee Dee Bridgewater/Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans … Continue reading

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World music & folk albums of the year

My 2015 choices in today’s Sunday Times [£]  Shye Ben Tzur/Jonny Greenwood/Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch) Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (Sony) Various: Joy of Living – A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Cooking Vinyl) … Continue reading

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Old school

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