Tag Archives: jazz

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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Notebook

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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Non-judgemental

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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Shouting

Thanks to the success of “Whiplash” Buddy Rich’s name is suddenly back in circulation again. Which means that his dementedly profane band bus stream-of-consciousness may find a whole new audience too. (NSFW, obviously.) Actually, I didn’t know that “Seinfeld” borrowed a couple … Continue reading

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When Tony met Gaga

And this is me in the Sunday Times [also £], trying to see the bright side of the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga collaboration. The case for the defence is laid out in full in this Jazz Wax post, which argues that Gaga reaches … Continue reading

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Unflinching jazz memoir title of the year

We have a clear winner, courtesy of Art Pepper’s widow: “Art: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman”. Sounds like a very good read though.

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