Monthly Archives: February 2014

Electric Light Orchestra – Face The Music

ELO were the first band I truly loved. In 1978 I was 10 years old and Out Of The Blue was the album of the year. At the time it was seen as a magnum opus, not least because it … Continue reading

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Alabama 3 – La Peste

You may or may not agree that The Sopranos is the greatest piece of art ever created for television. But even if you don’t, you can surely concur that it has one of the finest opening credits sequences ever. It’s … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Piano Grand Master

Art Tatum, as you may know, was one of the early greats of jazz piano. Although practically blind, he developed a technique so extraordinary that when first he heard him Oscar Peterson gave up playing for weeks, convinced he could … Continue reading

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New Cool Collective – Soul Jazz Latin Flavours Nineties Vibe

New Cool Collective is, I’ll concede, a pretty terrible name for a band. You have to cut them some slack because they’re Dutch, and although the standard of English of the average northern European far exceeds that of the average … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson – All For You

I find myself magnetically drawn to Janet Jackson albums, in spite of the fact that plenty of her music leaves me cold. I’ve never really understood this. The very straightforward rationale is that it is because I find her attractive, … Continue reading

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Peter Cincotti – East Of Angel Town

Peter Cincotti is a name I have often seen and heard, mentioned in the same breath as singers and musicians I like. Somehow, though, I never got round to actually listening to him. For reasons I couldn’t honestly explain I … Continue reading

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John Rae’s Celtic Feet – Beware The Feet

I first encountered John Rae over 20 years ago playing on Hue & Cry’s album Stars Crash Down. The same band were responsible for introducing me to the pianist Brian Kellock, whose solo on their cover of All True Man … Continue reading

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