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Listen to the different Scottish dialects, which show such diversity of sound!

It’s interesting that there are such obvious differences even across short distances. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/specials/2654848/spikkin-scots-doric/?fbclid=IwAR1Lq40C3FsvtNM7vdy4oZpRK3r40bD4InGiZieKHP3L1gSN_6xP2Adj34c
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This is interesting. What do you think: does a meritocracy exist in jazz?

Image from bbc.co.uk https://www.periscope-lyon.com/en/post/where-are-all-the-good-questions-about-women-in-jazz/?fbclid=IwAR0-Wi-pH6BbVl2RaFsUQFDmMXx3Yg0zMWLhe6B-uvAvT8baFyHe4aUtANM
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The Jazz films & documentaries that can be streamed during the current partial lockdown. Suggested by Selwyn Harris in Jazzwise mag ; -)

https://www.jazzwise.com/features/article/the-best-jazz-films-and-documentaries-to-stream-now?fbclid=IwAR1qzn92U5G6ckxyKxBKbzEajVcHq6z6fzHh0Q20J-e7qgzYXcaq57eM3cw
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John Luther Adams, environmental activist & composer: an interesting article in NYTimes. What do you think of his work?

Image by nytimes.com.   Would be amazing to hear his Become Ocean live!! 🙂 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/arts/music/john-luther-adams-music.html?fbclid=IwAR3CcG4mTEPU70cNCRQBCV_ZBskyOgGEq8-c5pH8VxFGOitU_D4fKscKimM
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This is brilliant. Written by Cafe OTO & Counterflows festival’s Fielding Hope.

https://newsocialist.org.uk/transmissions/singing-when-times-darken/?fbclid=IwAR3HbCB3MmaK9NRii0tYFlzwKjYrmve5dL1sBG2B7I4ML7_QFE4xLUxVvFY
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Head-banging along to opera, the superb Ukrainian band dakhabrakha: Ukraninan GOGOLFEST sounds like one to add to the bucket list! Here is Peter Culshaw’s review in the arts desk.

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Cool article about what might be going on in a Jazz singer’s brain, by Melissa Forbes, University of Southern Queensland. Nice mention of Raymond MacDonald & Graeme Wilson’s book on the primacy of improvisation, ‘The Art Of Becoming’ (2020).

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Interesting item (which resonates with many other similar studies) from the recent Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2020 Special Edition, The Transformational Power of Culture. “Making Connections: The impact of music on brain development” from Assal Habibi, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California.

https://www.culturesummit.com/making-connections-impact-of-music-on-brain-development/
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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.)

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Interesting article from Jazzfuel. 10 Modern Jazz record labels to check out.

https://jazzfuel.com/best-modern-jazz-record-labels/