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Queen’s UK Singles Breakthrough With ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’

On 9 March, 1974, <b>Queen</b> did something that they've now done 54 times to date. They made the UK singles chart for the very first time, as 'Seven Seas …

reDiscover Cannonball Adderley ‘Somethin’ Else’

Almost four years to the day since his last session for Blue Note Records, <b>Miles Davis</b> was back in the studio to cut another album for the label, but …

Bolan Paves The Way For Superstardom

“Something was definitely happening,” said Tony Visconti. “We knew we were getting closer to what we wanted.” The American-born producer was talking …

Lightnin’ Hopkins The Texas Troubadour

<i>"People have learned how to strum a guitar, but they don't have the soul. They don't feel it from the heart. It hurts me. I'm killin' myself to tell</i> …

Miles of Blue Note

<b>Miles Davis</b> first session for Blue Note Records was on 9 May 1952 when, along with J.J. Johnson (trombone) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Gil Coggins …

Jimmy Reed Makes The Scene

America's Rhythm & Blues charts of 5 March, 1955 marked a red letter day for the blues. In particular, they recorded a significant moment in the …

John Lee Hooker’s Heritage Hailed With ‘Whiskey & Wimmen’

To kick off the centennial celebrations of blues titan <b>John Lee Hooker</b>'s birth, most commonly held to have been in 1917, the compilation <i>Whiskey &</i> …

Roots Music: A Bob Marley Family Tree

In 1971, <b>Bob Marley</b> wrote and recorded a song called ‘Small Axe’. It was an attack on what he perceived to be the “big t’ree” (three) producers in …

Elvis Costello Brings His Imposters On A Summer Tour

After making his way around Europe, <b>Elvis Costello</b> is heading back to the states for what’s shaping up to be an impressive summer run at iconic venues …

When Eddie Cochran Inspired The Sex Pistols To Be ‘Somethin’ Else’

By 1979, much of the original punk ethic may have evaporated, but the UK charts could still muster a snarl, and an echo of the rock 'n' roll spirit. …

The Rolling Stones Say Goodbye To All That

<b>The Rolling Stones</b>’ <i>Sticky Fingers</i> album was a long time coming. It started life in Muscle Shoals sound in Alabama in early December 1969 and after …

Classic Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

These five Art Blakey albums were recorded between 1960 and 1964, a period of intense creativity for the brilliant drummer and the Jazz Messengers.<p><i>A</i> …

John Coltrane's 'Interstellar Space' at 50: Legacy of a Free-Jazz Masterpiece

Saxophonist's groundbreaking duo LP summed up his cosmic quest, influencing generations of jazz and rock seekers – from Nels Cline to Jack …

Indie Music

Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

<b>If you are discovering jazz for the first time then you've just found the perfect place to start. And if you are a true aficionado then this list is</b> …

Flute

This Week in Fiction: Zadie Smith on Inhabiting the World of Billie Holiday

I_n this week’s story, “Crazy They Call Me,” you inhabit the world of Billie Holiday, writing the story from the singer’s perspective. Can you remember when you first heard Billie Holiday’s music and what it meant to you?_<p>I would have been very young. She was always played in my house—both my …

Revisiting 100 years of recorded jazz

The first record player was invented in 1887, but the first jazz album was recorded in 1917. Jazz expert Bert Noglik tells DW how technology has …

Creative bravery is needed now more than ever

A recent documentary by BBC Radio 6 Music, <i>Miles Plugs In,</i> charted the controversial six-year period in the career of Miles Davis often dubbed the …

Bay of punks: remembering when punk rock invaded San Francisco

The scene in the Bay Area was never chronicled in the same way as New York or Los Angeles. Now a new crop of photography books and projects are bringing San Franciscan punk into focus<p>Uncovering the forgotten punks of San Francisco – in pictures<p>In early 1979, photographer Jim Jocoy attended an …

San Francisco Bay Area

Notos Quartett: Hungarian Treasures CD review – fiery performance of lost early Bartók

Notos Quartett (Sony/RCA)<p>Play the last four tracks to your music-nerd friends and ask them to name the composer. They’ll never get it. This all-Hungarian disc by the Berlin-based Notos Quartett ends with the 1898 Piano Quartet by Bartók – but a 17-year-old Bartók, sounding more Brahmsian than …

Jack Quartet review – astonishing tribute to Iannis Xenakis's fierce vision

Wigmore Hall, London From stomping chords to squabbling glissandos, the quartet delivered a thrilling survey of the late composer’s chamber works for strings<p>Not so long ago, the Wigmore Hall was a bit of a contemporary music desert. Now it’s a pleasingly regular feature of the schedules, and so a …

The Day We Lost Nat ‘King’ Cole

The voice of one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, and a much-loved pianist too, was silenced by lung cancer on 15 February, 1965. That …

How Elvis Costello Revealed His Country Side

<b>Elvis Costello</b> was always a huge country music fan. In 1979, he went a bit more public about it, with a live show that was, in part, as a preview of …

Norman Granz – The Man Who Made Jazz, Black AND White

<i>‘The whole reason for Jazz at the Philharmonic was to take it to places where I could break down segregation and discrimination.’</i> – Norman …

reDiscover BB King’s ‘Live In Cook County Jail’

It’s inevitable that this album will be compared to <i>Live at the Regal</i>, hailed as one of the greatest live albums of all time. And yet <i>Live in Cook</i> …

The History Of Recorded Jazz

So much of our history is about establishing records: we are fascinated by who was first to do a particular thing. Yet all too often the history …

20 of the Best Blondie Songs

<b>Blondie</b> are one of the most successful legacy acts to come out of the mid-70s New York punk-club circuit. Born in a basement on Bowery in 1974, …

A Long Tall Story From Little Richard

<b>Little Richard</b> burst onto the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene in the new year of 1956 with ‘Tutti-Frutti,’ the American top 20 hit that lit the fuse for …

Universal Music

The 50 Greatest Live Jazz Albums

For many of us, when it is played live is the best way to hear jazz. The unbridled spontaneity of brilliant musicians at the very top of the game, …

reDiscover ‘Mott The Hoople’

The 1970s heyday of Mott The Hoople is well remembered and reported, and has been in the forefront of their fans' memories following the sad death in …

John Martyn’s Body Of Work Celebrated On New ‘Head And Heart’ Collection

Often tagged as a folk artist, <b>John Martyn</b> traversed many styles across the 20 albums that he released during his lifetime, including blues, jazz, and …