Review: Ronnie's: the Life of Ronnie Scott and his world famous jazz club

First broadcast on BBC4 TV last night Oliver Murray’s documentary Ronnie's: the Life of Ronnie Scott and His World-Famous Club is an often dark story about a club built on the love of jazz and on friendship that has become synonymous with the music …

Published: 16 Nov 2020. Updated: 14 days.

First broadcast on BBC4 TV last night Oliver Murray’s documentary Ronnie's: the Life of Ronnie Scott and His World-Famous Club is an often dark story about a club built on the love of jazz and on friendship that has become synonymous with the music itself. With strong motifs of London as part of Murray's visual story telling approach, particularly poetic images of St Paul's, Tower Bridge and above all the streets and people of Soho, the documentary is full of stirring performance archive footage, especially the Nina Simone, Van Morrison and Chet Baker moments. The image of the punk girl in the audience for instance clearly moved by 'Send in the Clowns' has got to be seen. Ronnie's deepens into a discussion of Ronnie's private battle with depression and the fraternity of his long time friendship with Pete King when the film becomes a truly essential and inspiring piece of work that resets the imagination. At a time when clubs are shut it underlines once again how crucial they continue to be in the collective imagination of jazz lovers everywhere. Watch

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'On Thursday' is the bittersweet ballad and beautiful lead-off track from the album of the same name to be issued next month on Swiss label Hout. Recorded down in the Village, Copenhagen, it is the sound of the Phelan Burgoyne trio. English …

Published: 16 Nov 2020. Updated: 14 days.

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'On Thursday' is the bittersweet ballad and beautiful lead-off track from the album of the same name to be issued next month on Swiss label Hout.

Recorded down in the Village, Copenhagen, it is the sound of the Phelan Burgoyne trio.

English drummer Burgoyne is known for his work with the distinguished Konitzian Martin Speake and already slowly but surely is gathering the reputation of being something of an auteur himself as anyone familiar with his work will know.

That cinematic directorial quality (taking a small liberty with the term) certainly is in evidence on this painterly new piece that finds the drummer on brushes. PB is in fine company here with Italian pianist Emanuele Maniscalco and Danish bassist Anders Christensen, the Dark Eyes Stańko band player whose composition 'Berlin' was covered so winningly by Rob Luft this year. Compositions are by the drummer.

Album release date itself is 18 December. Photo: Mike Højegaard/Hout