Reviews & interviews ..
- Composer David Bruce’s very excellent talk about Gyorgy Ligeti’s ‘musical illusions’: though not jazz, lights up similar parts of the brain. 😀 (Big thanks to Simon B for the heads up re this one.)
- 91. Cowdenbeath’s most famous jazz export, the late baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley achieved great success on both sides of the Atlantic, a particular claim to fame being his recruitment by Wynton Marsalis, to become a founder member of the renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York. Is there anything more beautiful than his signature rendition, on bass clarinet, of Ellington’s ‘Single Petal Of The Rose’? 🙂
- 90. A 6-piece outfit based in Perth, Bohemian Monk Machine must be one of the funnest funk bands around. Get on down to an audio of their ‘Monk Magic’ ! 😀
- 89. Edinburgh-based vocalist Becc Sanderson’s extraordinarily versatile voice takes in jazz & cabaret amongst other styles. Here is an audio of ‘My Old Man’: the crystalline clarity & story-telling qualities are a real delight.
- Announcement this afternoon by Scottish Economy Secretary, Fiona Hyslop: “Ms Hyslop also announced a £2.2 million fund for grassroots venues, following ongoing discussions with the Music Venue Trust. The new fund follows on from last week’s targeted £10 million to support Scotland’s performing arts venues.”
- FYI, the updated UK government guidelines during coronavirus, for performing artists. Lots of detail here.
- The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2020: nominations now open!
- 88. On 6th April, nearer the beginning of the pandemic quarantine here in Scotland, Scottish Jazz Space posted a truly beautiful tune by lyrical alto saxophonist Laura Macdonald. Here is another audio of her utterly beautiful playing in the gorgeous tune: ‘Juliett’. With Martina Almgren on drums, Paul Harrison on piano & Aidan O’Donnell on bass.