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  1. Carole King and James Taylor

    Posted Jul 18th 2010, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Carole King and James Taylor Live at The Troubadour (Hear Music) In November 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Troubadour club in Los Angeles, Carole King and James Taylor, who often performed there together back in the early 1970s, reconvened the ...

  2. Blue notes

    Posted May 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... The history of jazz is littered with the corpses of those who died young, usually for reasons associated with the lifestyle. We have good reason, then, to celebrate those who survive to a ripe old age and keep working more or less until they drop. One suc ...

  3. The best of British take a bow

    Posted Jul 27th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... As album compiler John Fordham rightly states in his liner note to the double CD, BBC Jazz Awards 2008, the 24 tracks in the collection, featuring the nominees, 'represent a fascinating insight into how varied and vivacious the UK jazz scene is today ...

  4. A fond farewell to Mr R&B

    Posted Aug 24th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam Atlantic Records, which celebrates its 61st birthday this year, has broadened its scope over the decades to include many more styles of music than jazz and rhythm and blues. They were, nevertheless, the foundation on which it was built. The label played an important role in the careers of Mose Allison, Ray Charles, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, ...

  5. Ready for inspection

    Posted Apr 24th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Hong Kong's internationally renowned chefs are hoping the city will get its very own edition of the prestigious guide to top restaurants. Robin Lynam meets three of them Michelin chose Tokyo as the subject for its first Asian red restaurant guide, published last year, and Hong Kong is likely to get the same treatment in the near future. The city's top restaurants ...

  6. Still living the blues

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam Erudite readers won't need to be told that the landmark blues recording Pinetop's Boogie Woogie was made, in 1928, by Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith and not Joe Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins, but it has become the latter's signature tune, and it's a common misconception that he wrote it. Given that in recent years Perkins has constantly ...

  7. Portrait of eternal Fame

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam Georgie Fame was relaxing in a friend's New Zealand garden when I caught up with him over the phone - 'Great weather, no pollution, what's it like up there?' - but he has not let the grass grow under his feet since he last played Hong Kong just under a year ago. 'I've done a tour of Scandinavia with Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, ...

  8. Man of Letters

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... No one was more shocked by his Grammy win than the man himself, Herbie Hancock tells Robin Lynam When Quincy Jones announced Herbie Hancock's 2008 Grammy win in the pre-eminent album of the year category, there was little doubt in the mind of anybody who saw the great jazz pianist's face that he was as astonished as anybody else in the room. Since almost nobody attending ...

  9. Blues are in Brooks' blood

    Posted Feb 17th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam I got a sudden earful of powerful blues harmonica as somebody answered Ronnie Baker Brooks' mobile phone in the middle of a sound check at the State Theatre in Falls Church Virginia. The sound was instantly recognisable, and sure enough it belonged to Richard 'Magic Dick' Salwitz, whose harp playing did so much to define the style of the J Geils ...

  10. Brubeck still has spring in his step

    Posted Oct 28th 2007, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam 'If I'd known I was going to live this long I'd have taken better care of myself,' the great ragtime pianist and Broadway composer Eubie Blake once said. Blake died in 1983 at the age of either 96 or 100, depending on who you believe, and he was playing almost to the end. Encouragingly, Dave Brubeck, who knew Blake in the 1970s, appears ...




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