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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age – review

4262 days ago
Guardian Music(BMG)Bryan Ferry has recreated Roxy Music's hits as languid instrumentals for a replica 1920s jazz band – but this is more than a tourist-trip to Gatsby-land. Ferry the jazz fan and his pianist Colin Good have mixed the soulful glide of the 1927 Du... more info

Prom 65: Britten Sinfonia/Taylor/Barker – review

4343 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Albert Hall, LondonWhen Martin Taylor and Guy Barker talk about their Spirit of Django Suite they like to point out that the music should "reek of nostalgia". On the Proms premiere of this Django Reinhardt-dedicated guitar concerto – performe... more info

Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes: Two for the Road – review

4577 days ago
Guardian Music(Woodville)Guitarist Martin Taylor and reeds player Alan Barnes are two of the most devoted guardians of straight-swinging jazz over standard-song forms in the UK. Though dazzling virtuosi, they're also good listeners – to the spirit of a timeless ... more info

Martin Taylor & Alan Barnes: Two for the Road – review

4637 days ago
Guardian Music(Woodville)You could listen to this set of guitar and clarinet duets for the best part of half an hour and conclude that here were two acknowledged virtuosi taking it easy, strolling gently through a few favourite old songs. And then along comes a sp... more info

Concert review: Houston Person, Alan Barnes and The Paul Harrison Trio

4676 days ago
Scotsman.comHouston Person, Alan Barnes and The Paul Harrison Trio Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie **** more info

Alan Barnes with Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra: The Glasgow Suite – review

4700 days ago
Guardian Music(Woodville)Saxophonist and composer Benny Carter, who lived to the age of 95, was a mere 80 when commissioned to write this suite for the 1987 Glasgow jazz festival. Unearthed by Scottish drummer Ken Mathieson and performed here by his Classic Jazz O... more info

Tommy Melville obituary

4705 days ago
Guardian MusicThe jazz tenor saxophonist Tommy Melville, who has died aged 85, was invited in 1997 to become promoter and musical director at the Rhythm Station in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, and start a jazz club. Over the next decade, my friend Tommy, leading a qua... more info

Warren Vaché, Alan Barnes: The London Session – review

4777 days ago
Guardian Music(Woodville)It's new, imaginative treatment that keeps old tunes alive, and this album provides 10 perfect examples. Vaché is a great cornet player with a quicksilver musical mind, and Barnes, a master saxophonist, has a magic touch when it comes to ... more info

London jazz festival – review

5001 days ago
Guardian MusicVarious venuesThe fight through teeming crowds to get to Herbie Hancock's Royal Festival Hall show suggested that the 2010 London jazz festival was breaking all records – until I pondered whether the Lord Mayor's South Bank fireworks might have a... more info

Scott Hamilton and Alan Barnes: Hi-Ya | CD review

5078 days ago
Guardian Music(Woodville)According to Alan Barnes, all but one of these eight numbers were recorded in single takes. This rarely happens nowadays, although it was once common in jazz. It calls for experience, confidence and a remarkable degree of natural poise –... more info

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