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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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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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The temperature that night was -75.8 degrees, and I will not pretend it did not convince me that Dante was right when he placed the circles of ice below the circles of fire. Still we slept sometimes, and always lay … Continue reading

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The best jazz albums of 2017

A quirky journey back to the summer of love takes pride of place in my list in today’s Sunday Times. Full details here. 1 DJANGO BATES & FRANKFURT RADIO BIG BAND Saluting Sgt Pepper Edition 2 DAVID REES-WILLIAMS TRIO Classically … Continue reading

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The resistance, Islington 

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