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Savoy Records Artists

Blue notes

Good news for anybody who enjoys live music of high quality is that jazz festivals are proliferating around the region.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Blue notes

Ahmad Jamal's latest album, Blue Moon, is his first new release in three years, and was inspired by his love of movies, Broadway shows and travel.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

In jazz, unlike tennis, the lines between playing 'in' and 'out' are blurred, there being no umpire to make the call.

For musicians, playing 'out' originally meant simply stepping outside the boundaries set by a composition's harmonic structure.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Sometimes jazz benefits from a shot in the arm from another genre and, commercially at least, it badly needed one in the early 1960s.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1959)

Kind of Blue Miles Davis (Columbia Records)

Jimmy Cobb, who played drums on Kind of Blue, once commented that the album 'must have been made in heaven'. Few listeners would disagree.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Verve Records was a specialist jazz record label established in 1956 by the pioneering Norman Granz.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Jazz pianists Michel Legrand and Jacques Loussier do not really qualify as jazzmen but both have made contributions to the music.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jacques Loussier Trio, who are best known for their swinging reinterpretations of J.S. Bach's compositions.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Instrumentally speaking

In the 20 years since he took his mysterious fatal dive from an Amsterdam hotel window, Chet Baker's popularity as a singer has almost entirely eclipsed his reputation as a jazz trumpeter.

5 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Hits that topped the pops

During the early 1960s a number of jazz singles, often edited down from longer album tracks, featured in the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic, but I didn't realise quite how many there had been until I picked up a new compilation on the Ace label entitled The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Man of Letters

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 the ceremony seems to have expected the result, that's saying something about the landmark moment it was.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

From the vault: 1975

The Modern Jazz Quartet

The Last Concert


As it turned out, this November 1974 Lincoln Centre performance was not to be the MJQ's last hurrah. They got Together Again and made the album of that title in 1981, and after that continued well into the 1990s.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

From the vault: 1962

Duke Ellington/Charlie Mingus/Max Roach

Money Jungle

(Blue Note)

There's a story that goes Charles Mingus was once so annoyed at someone chatting away while he tried to play, that he picked up his bass and threw it into a mirror behind the bar. Silence ensued, he went and picked the instrument up and started playing once again.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

It was love at first strike for this vibes virtuoso

If a teenaged Anthony Kerr, growing up in Northern Ireland, hadn't heard a recording of the great jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, he might never have become a professional musician - never mind a vibes virtuoso who has been hailed as the most exciting in the world.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Andrew Hill: A rhapsody in bop

Recognition works on the same principle as justice. To delay it is to deny it, and for Andrew Hill, who died on April 20, it certainly came late. In the last six years of his career, Hill enjoyed a level of popularity and critical acclaim he hadn't experienced since a brief period in the early 1960s.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


Our Man in Paris

Dexter Gordon

(Blue Note)

Partly because of this album, and partly because of his portrayal of Dale Turner in Bertrand Tavernier's great jazz movie Round Midnight, Dexter Gordon will forever be associated with Paris for many people.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am