Culture
17 May 1999
It's a commonplace that most contemporary music feels cleaned, remote, deliberately placed at a great remove from the...
Culture
10 May 1999
Bruce Lundvall is one of the great survivors of the record trade. A big, jovial man, unspoiled if not untouched by the...
Culture
03 May 1999
There's a peculiar paradox in the received wisdom about when a jazz musician is ready to be judged. It is usually seen...
Culture
26 April 1999
When compact discs first arrived, and the prospect of limitless reissues of old music beckoned, I thought there would...
Culture
19 April 1999
Waiting for certain records to arrive can take the patience of herons looking for fish. It's 12 years since Trio, by...
Culture
09 April 1999
Although the British audience is notoriously resistant to rock from Europe, there was a period in the 1970s when a wave...
Culture
02 April 1999
Everything about Duke Ellington was extravagant. He acquired his nickname, legend has it, through his aristocratic...
Culture
26 March 1999
Rock music always moves forward in waves. By and large, this is a period of retrenchment, especially in American rock:...
Culture
19 March 1999
The dilemma for the contemporary singer is repertory. The silvery voices of the torch-song era had no such problem:...
Culture
12 March 1999
Few musicians polarise opinion quite as comprehensively as James Os-car Smith, born in 1925 and the main reason why a...
Culture
05 March 1999
At the end of the 1990s, people seem to want to think more than ever about the end of the 1970s. The most exhilarating...
Culture
26 February 1999
Listening to the new Blondie CD, No Exit (Beyond), I was musing on the resonance of yet another rock'n'roll comeback,...
Culture
19 February 1999
The saxophones that most people find beguiling are the tenor and alto instruments. In the hands of someone like Ben...
Culture
12 February 1999
Do you know this song ? "Behold the way our fine feathered friend his virtue doth parade/Thou knowest not my dim-witted...
Culture
05 February 1999
Americans used to say that the only European jazz musician of any note was Django Reinhardt. Such insularity has...

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