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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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Words on parade at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

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Two singers, two styles

Diana Krall at the Albert Hall. Fine music, but something was missing: …In mood and tone this was not that different from the days, 20-odd years ago, when she was playing to 100 or so fans at the Pizza Express … Continue reading

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Her funny Valentine

This classical diva has a sense of swing. My review of Renée Fleming at the Wigmore Hall: So, can she really sing jazz? I wasn’t entirely convinced beforehand, but long before the recital ended Renée Fleming had banished any doubts. While … Continue reading

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Less is always more

An enthralling show from Steve Gadd’s band at Ronnie Scott’s. From my Times review: When drummers are also bandleaders they tend to make a point of letting the audience know who is in charge as often as possible, courtesy of … Continue reading

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The Back Lot was a noisy, gaudy example of what most people seem to imagine all Hollywood is after dark. But except for an occasional celebrated face, it might have been any night spot in any American city. It was … Continue reading

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So now Donald Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists. I can’t help thinking of one of the items in Bill Crow’s genial anthology, “Jazz Anecdotes”: Bobby Hackett was known for never saying anything bad about anyone. When a friend insisted … 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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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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One to the heart

Remember her name. My album of the week in today’s Sunday Times [£]:  Indra Rios-Moore’s “Heartland”.

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