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More strings than swing

From my review of Gregory Porter’s latest visit to the Albert Hall: This might have been a world record. Has anyone in the history of mass marketing dared to perform The Christmas Song when we are still recuperating from Easter? Since this … Continue reading

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A quiet night in Stockholm

Fifty-eight years ago this month. Concert poster from Columbia/Legacy’s new Miles Davis-John Coltrane set, “The Final Tour”.

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Groan

In this week’s Spectator…

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Notebook

We have a Committee meeting at which several representative Jews tell us of the extermination of their fellows by the Nazis. They have ringed off the Warsaw ghetto and transported two-thirds of the inhabitants in cattle-trucks to die in Russia. … Continue reading

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Blues album of the month

Elmore James remembered. Featuring Tom Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and many others besides.

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After the rain 

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Soul man

Blasts from the past. My review of R&B singer Decosta Boyce: Is that a Commodores riff? And a hint of Sam & Dave too? Part of the pleasure of this energised gig was trying to spot the different influences. Cool and charismatic, … Continue reading

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Screen

Eager to escape New Year’s Eve, I took myself off to see “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”. I’d heard good things about it, and they actually turned out to be true: it’s a touching but unsentimental piece of story-telling … Continue reading

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Huxley meets Spencer

In the secondhand bookshop.

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