Category: Features – Archive

December 9, 2020 / Features - Archive

Overnight he plunged from being as bright a star as any in the 1959 jazz firmament to not playing in public. When health issues intertwined with a crippling dissatisfaction with his own art, Sonny Rollins, then the most lauded tenor saxophonist alive, stopped to take stock and absorb the revolution…

December 6, 2020 / Features - Archive

Had I died in my sleep? The clock radio clicks on Classic FM one summer morning in 1994, and what awakens me sounds like the song of angels. Then, in that rapid-fade moment when sleep recedes and the music comes fully into focus, I recognise the saxophonist: Norway’s idiosyncratic Jan…

November 29, 2020 / Features - Archive

Charles Mingus didn’t want to do it. This was ’62, and he had a major project of his own on the boil; didn’t have the time. Of course he loved Duke Ellington: the man, his composing and his piano playing. Who didn’t? But it was Duke who’d fired him nine…