Don’t you just love serendipity? For the past few days I’ve had Tony Bennett in my head. A very specific Tony Bennett. The one who, in 1976, stood in a recording studio not far from Bill Evans at the piano… Read More ›
(Basho Records) This is a two-piano affair, a collaboration across the generations for Fairhurst and one of his chief influences and mentors, Taylor. It contains two epitaphs for musicians recently lost to British jazz: pianist Pete Saberton and trumpeter Kenny… Read More ›
Bill Evans’ anagram dedication to the great record producer who died this week. The New York Times obituary is here.
(Spartacus Records STS018) If there is one British band that really can rise to the brassy heights of big city USA it is this one. In June last year the band went into the Avatar studios in New York and… Read More ›
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham UK 03/04/05-05-2013 In between the concerts I have reviewed in more depth elsewhere on thejazzbreakfast I also enjoyed: Marius Neset Quartet, Parabola Arts Centre: The Norwegian saxophonist had played a magnificent set two nights before at… Read More ›
The runners might be notes and sounds, the riders might be saxophonists, pianists and drummers, but the excitement is just as palpable as when the venue is Cheltenham racecourse. And the added bonus with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival is that… Read More ›