Yet another sad loss – Gordon Beck 1935 – 2011

Gordon Beck 16th September 1935 – 6th November 2011 It is desperately sad that so many musicians have passed away in recent times (Tony Levin, Jeff Clyne, Michael Garrick). Pioneers of the post-bop period in British jazz, a time when British musicians forged their own path, forming a sound that is disecernably  “local”, Gordon BeckContinue reading “Yet another sad loss – Gordon Beck 1935 – 2011”

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Sonny Rollins’ letter to Coleman Hawkins

Do read this, a touching letter from Sonny Rollins to Coleman Hawkins in 1962 (from the website www.jazzclef.com). The greatest players possess not only self-discipline and powers of concentration, but generally, great humility.

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A treasure… Bob Cornford

Do visit this website, dedicated to the late Robert (Bob) Cornford… click here. Besides being a tribute to one of Britain’s unsung artists, the site is an invaluable resource of British jazz from the late 1970s and early 1980s, music that was so influential for my own generation of musicians. I was lucky enough toContinue reading “A treasure… Bob Cornford”

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Tony Levin – sad news

The great drummer Tony Levin died yesterday (February 3rd). My impression was that Tony was one of the first drummers in the UK to have understood and developed Elvin’s thing if not the first). While these days we can access transcriptions and videos effortlessly, it is easy to ignore the pioneering work of the BritishContinue reading “Tony Levin – sad news”

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