Reverse engineering the soundReid explored early Rock, like Chuck Berry, dove into Classic Rock, transitioned into Blues. Then he found his way into traditional Jazz, Dixieland Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, which is where he’s currently at. His project, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots, is a small combo jazz band with horns, guitars, upright bass and drums, “playing original swing music and traditional standards,” he said.

via Reverse engineering the sound: Kyle Reid reviving old-time jazz style – Norman Transcript: Entertainment.

Rare hot club footage

This is quite a Reinhardt gem of a video clip. Check out how the rhythm guitar in particular, but also the whole rhythm section really lifts the energy in the second violin chorus.


Caravan of Thieves

“There’s something about the band’s witty, spirited gypsy folk-jazz that is so new and yet so familiar all at once.”–Washington Post

Everything I’ve heard about this band makes me want to see them live.

via Washington Post.

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The eclectic career of bass player Coleridge Goode, who turns 100 later this month, will be celebrated on November 21 as part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which starts next Friday. The concert, which will be hosted by fellow bassist and Goode’s close friend Gary Crosby, is part of a thread running through the festival that pays special attention to British jazz, from the cohorts of players now spilling out of music schools back to musicians such as the Jamaican-borne Goode, for whom the notion of a formal jazz course would have been unthinkable.

via Special celebrations at the London Jazz Festival – FT.com.

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  • 100 euros worth of iTunes music to be won
  • Give a good rating to one of the three albums below to win a free iTunes track
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Just email me screenshots proving that you have given the rating or review required, and I’ll take care of the rest.

The offer closes when I have given away 100 euros in iTunes gifts.

Swing 41About Time - Peter Williams

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Looking for a new portable bass amp? Here is an article that might help you decide, especially if you are looking at phil jones products.





If you’ve been looking for a bag that will help you lug around all those small bits of gear that you sometimes need at gigs, and all the bits and bobs that you need every-time, and will help you keep them organised and safe, then the Access PFX1 is for you.

I spotted this bag a few years ago, but due to import taxes and postage I held off purchasing until I’d tried out most of the alternatives. The problem is that this side of the Atlantic there are precious few possibilities. I had to get creative and try rucksacks, camera bags, producer back packs etc. The PFX1 is pretty much the only one that seemed to be designed with me in mind.

I managed to get all of this:

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and more, into this:

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If you know of a better bag, please let me know!

Here is a video demonstrating this fantastic piece of kit:

Access PFX1

If you type metronome into google play, or search for metronome in apple’s App Store, you will be swamped with results, most of them free, I expect most of them will be reliable enough now that we are no longer in the dawn of the age of the hand held computer.

If all you want is something to go click, or ping or tick tok tok tick tok tok, keep a steady tempo, and not crash every five minutes, then pick which ever one takes your fancy.

If, however, like me, you want a tool that will help you with:

  • Developing your internal sense of time
  • digesting various types of swing
  • comprehension of subdivisions
  • syncopation
  • developing speed

then this is the metronome for you:

Dr Betotte

This, amongst other things, allows:

  • Custom time signatures and subdivision accents
  • Swing settings
  • Quiet setting (volume drops down at set intervals)
  • Step up and step down variations in tempo

It’s the only metronome I know that can do this.

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