Tag Archives: Blues

Van in vain

Not a night to remember. From my review of Van Morrison at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival: If you love vintage blues and jazz, you may have mixed feelings about Van Morrison’s desire to dig through the archives and pay homage … Continue reading

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Nina’s man

The arrival of “The Philips Years” – seven albums spanning the mid -1960s – gave me the perfect excuse to revisit some of Nina Simone’s most idiosyncratic recordings. The “Pastel Blues” set, for instance, seems to get overlooked nowadays, but … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s blues

I hate to say it, but one of my biggest disappointments of the last couple of years was the revival of August Wilson’s “Fences”, a Pulitzer-winning play which seemed to win wall-to-wall raves on this side of the Atlantic. Not … Continue reading

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