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The Set Menu

Here is an episode of a ’60s BBC TV series called Jazz 625 (yeah, our TVs had 625 scan lines at the time and the Beeboid techies came up with that really imaginative name). It’s Bill Evans with his second

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Camels and Robots

Or putting rhythm sections out of business… Nah, of course, I’d never do such a thing. There’s no substitute for the real deal. But then practising isn’t the real deal either and I was asked a while ago about how

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All About That Bass, Bout That Bass (No Trouble)

I’ve had a question about comping bass solos. Wow. Well, how long have we got… I’ll start by mentioning that I play some “journeyman” bass. I can do a reasonable job as long the tempos are gentle, the changes aren’t

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Interview with JazzBites radio

PINNED I was recently a guest of the delightful Anthea Redmond for the US JazzBites radio show. Call it the thoughts of Chairman Jase… Live broadcast on August 12, 14 and 16. My archive link is here (compressed to buggery

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SE Confidential

Nice writeup just been published at Something Else (click for full interview). Life, the jazziverse and everything… “I first saw Jason Lyon at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in London. I had gone to see Gareth Lochrane on flutes, as he was

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We’ve Run Out of Jam

Our Wednesday marathon is now run. To morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new (we’re uncouth swains).

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Playing Flat

A quick one for pianists – in particular, pianists who are fortunate enough to play on grands. Though not all grands are made equal… Okay, let’s admit it, we all read sometimes. Whether detailed arrangements, originals, things we “kinda know” or

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