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Andrew Elliott
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Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade It's a kind of stately and sombre fanfare.  Those first notes of the trumpet draw me in, they pull me in every time, they invite me to the exhibition.  And I know that the exhibits will take me through many different moods before the piece ends. I...

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade It's a kind of stately and sombre fanfare.  Those first notes of the trumpet draw me in, they pull me in every time, they invite me to the exhibition.  And I know that the exhibits will cast me into many moods before the piece ends. It's a work th...

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Blue Drag
This was going to be a blog post all about Gypsy Jazz, and how jazz fused with traditional European folk music to make something different and rather special.  But I got distracted, investigating just one Gypsy Jazz standard - Blue Drag. It starts a few day...

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When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
Consider Mr Thomas "Fats" Waller: When I started a journey of discovery through the "Jazz Standards" the name of Fats Waller kept on cropping up in two specific ways: beautifully crafted tunes that seemed to epitomise the best of the popular music of the 20...

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1972
Sometimes I think that we who grew up in the 60's and 70's are a cursed generation. Cursed and blessed, in that we grew up in the most amazing period of creativity in popular music, ever, and nothing that has come after has ever been quite as good. Now mayb...

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Tea for Two
A little preamble: Vocalist Kiki Ebsen recently released an album "The Scarecrow Sessions", funded by a Kickstarter project. There's a lot of interesting stuff around that: you can find all the details here .  I'll just say that it's an album of songs for h...

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The Great Intoxication
Picture the scene: 2001, aged 43, doing the washing up, new CD in hand, paying perhaps more attention than usual attention to the lyrics .... "Who Disco? /  Who Techno? /  Who Hip-Hop? /  Who Be Bop? Who's been playing records in his bedroom? Those words su...

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Gimme a Muskrat!
For a bunch of boarding school boys in South Africa in the early '70's, the showing of the movie "Woodstock" in the school hall was unmissable.  The projectionist was also a hi-fi nut, so we had great (and loud) sound.  And of course one of the most memorab...
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