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Welcome dear Jazz fan and musician. I hope you will enjoy reading the following topics – Click on the right to access each category.

Without a song

What tunes to pick for the ultimate Jazz set and why. I believe that live and recording sets should be balanced. Not only in terms of choice of tempo and mood. A balanced set means there is a variety of keys and genres. I like the “something for everyone” type set although I don’t necessarily want to find “In a mellow tone” straight after “Inner Urge” but you get my point…

I like tunes that are musical, tunes that provide pleasure to the audience but also to the musicians. For instance, I get bored on “Blue moon” because of its repetitive I-VI-II-V format. So chord progression has to be  interesting but that’s a piano player point of view.

I also like the melody line to keep the front line players involved. Quirky is good, modulation is essential.

What’s the ideal mix? I’d say 1 blues (major or minor), 2 latin tunes, 2-3 standards (one of them up-tempo), 1 ballad, 1 jazz waltz and we’re off.

I Hear a Rhapsody

This is where I will post regular album reviews, preferably of artists with little UK exposure. We all have those obscure releases that could deserve a wider audience. There is so much talent out there that most of it gets unnoticed!

Ah-Hum

Collection of general reflections and meditation about Jazz music and what life may be without it. From my love of album covers to my hatred of smoke-filled jazz clubs, there’s no better therapy than a good old rant.

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