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ELSEWHERE: THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and for many years Graham Reid has been going there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review columns and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

Elsewhere is an ever-expanding on-line magazine for people curious about new music, different travel, interesting arts and much more. This site is dedicated to the diversity and possibilities of Elsewhere. It is an equal opportunity enjoyer. Subscribe here (it's free) for a weekly newsletter and be in to win CDs, DVDs, books and more.      Welcome . . .

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THE BLUE NOTE LABEL AT 75 (2014): Vision, visuals and visionaries in jazz

THE BLUE NOTE LABEL AT 75 (2014): Vision, visuals and visionaries in jazz

In early January 1939 Alfred Lion – a 30-year old emigre from Berlin who had moved permanently to New York just two years previous – took the boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons into a Manhattan recording studio he'd hired for the day. He could not have guessed that he was about to shape the future of jazz. Lion had little... more >>

Boy, What a Night (1963)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tift Merritt

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tift Merritt

On the occasion of the release of her impressive debut album Bramble Rose in 2002 I joked along the lines of "remember this name". Tift -- actually her middle name -- was of course a hard one to forget. And her brand of alt.country/Americana put her right in the frame alongside Emmylou Harris. Her latest album Traveling Alone is her fifth studio recording... more >>

Small Talk Relations

Gregory Porter: 1960 What? (Opolopo remix, 2012)

Gregory Porter: 1960 What? (Opolopo remix, 2012)

When singer Gregory Porter won best jazz album at the Grammys in January 2014 for his Blue Note abum Liquid Spirit, it threw attention back onto his two previous albums. Far from being a straight jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit touched on gospel, soul, blues and pop as much as jazz, and Porter has always brought that diversity into the mix. This song from his 2010... more >>

Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (1964)

Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (1964)

The sudden and unexpected death of saxophonist/flute player and clarinettist Eric Dolphy just months after these exceptional studio sessions for the Blue Note label robbed jazz of one of its most distinctive voices, and left many questions hanging about where the 36-year old might have taken his music. Already he had worked with Charles Mingus, Max Roach, George Russell... more >>

Something Sweet, Something Tender

The Jac: Nerve (Rattle Jazz)

The Jac: Nerve (Rattle Jazz)

Although the idea of band growing out of a rehearsal outfit for staff and students at a music college doesn't exactly make the heart leap with anticipation, The Jac here are something quite different from your standard big band finding themselves on The Fake Book. A mid-sized ensemble -- an octet which means it can cut down to spacious arrangements or spark up the whole... more >>

Marik

Polyrock: Your Dragging Feet (1980)

Polyrock: Your Dragging Feet (1980)

While it's always been fashionable and hip for rock musicians -- especially those in what we might call avant-rock -- to namedrop jazz or contemporary classical composers in interviews, but when you listen to their music there is usually scant evidence of an influence. However Polyrock from New York -- who mostly came off as more jittery post-Talking Heads/Feelies on... more >>

The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

Another in The Active Listener Introduces . . . series, this one comes with an amusing title. This psych-pop outfit from Chicago may have been going for two decades but their "greatest hits" might not stretch to one side of a single. However this 12 track collection pulled together by the band themselves -- and drawing from all parts of that long history -- is... more >>

Chrysalide

Bob Dylan and Van Morrison: Knocking on Heaven's Door (live 1998)

Bob Dylan and Van Morrison: Knocking on Heaven's Door (live 1998)

Previously Elsewhere had lifted an obscure Dylan song (John Brown) from this concert in Birmingham, but of course this -- with Morrison -- was the popular showstopper. From the way the audience responds we might guess that just after Dylan starts the song, Morrison comes on stage. It's also a pretty good and enjoyably ragged treatment of a song which has had some... more >>

FR David: Words (1982)

FR David: Words (1982)

Some simple pop songs -- often by one-hit wonders -- have as much impact as the most crafted and considered serious work of superior writers. So it is with FR David and this hit. David was actually Tunisian-born Elli Robert Fitoussi who lived in France and during the late Sixties and Seventies he was trying hard to get a break in various bands and a stint with... more >>

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

What a remarkable year it has been so far in New Zealand music: bristling pop-rock from Clap Clap Riot, Grayson Gilmour's multi-layered album, singer-songwriter Greg Fleming stretching himself in various directions  . . . In fact, and this is a first at Elsewhere, this week all the albums under our Favourite Five Recent CDs come from New Zealand artists. And now... more >>

Dreary Droop