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Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)

24 Oct 2007  |  4 min read  |  1

In his 2006 book The Seventies -- excellent digressive but interlocked essays about the cultural and social movements of that volatile decade -- the London-based writer Howard Sounes namechecks singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell any number of times.As he should. Mitchell's albums helped define the Californian singer-songwriter movement which emerged at the tail end of the 60s and introduced the... > Read more

Joni Mitchell: Carey

Motian/Lovano/Frisell; Time and Time Again (2007)

19 Aug 2007  |  4 min read

Because jazz is -- as the critic Leonard Feather noted in the closing overs of the last millennium -- the classical music of the 20th century, in it you can hear the human condition reflected. Or in other words, each generation creates the jazz it requires. In the post-war period things adopted a cooler and more sophisticated mood (less dancing, more sitting around thinking, smoking and... > Read more

Motianj/Frisell/Lovano: Wednesday

Brian Eno, Before And After Science (1977)

25 Jun 2007  |  1 min read

Of the many dozens of diverse albums by Brian Eno -- who flared onto the music scene for the first two glam-louche Roxy Music albums -- this is the best window into his remarkable career. As a producer he was pivotal in the work of David Bowie, Devo, Talking Heads, U2 among many others. But he also created seminal albums of ambient music (music as ignorable as it is enjoyable), helmed his... > Read more

Brian Eno: Here He Comes

Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

25 Jun 2007  |  3 min read

Recently I was asked if I would contribute a page to a monthly magazine on famous musicians I had met. That part was easy, I've met quite a few. But then the person said they would like to run the article with some photographs of me with such stars. "You must have hundreds," he said. I had to disappoint him: I always saw my role as that of a journalist, not a fan there to get... > Read more

Ornette Coleman: Lonely Woman