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Round Midnight film director Bertrand Tavernier has died

French film director Bertrand Tavernier has died at the age of 79. One of his films Round Midnight (1986) (in French: Autour de Minuit) is one of the greatest depictions ever of jazz in a movie. Not only did it star Dexter Gordon in an acting role, …

Published: 25 Mar 2021. Updated: 28 days.

French film director Bertrand Tavernier has died at the age of 79. One of his films Round Midnight (1986) (in French: Autour de Minuit) is one of the greatest depictions ever of jazz in a movie. Not only did it star Dexter Gordon in an acting role, it won Herbie Hancock, who is also seen in the action, an Oscar for best score and managed the feat of expressing the feel of jazz, Paris, a lost era, partly through the lens of passionate and caring fan Francis Paudras and fictionalised versions drawn together of often harrowing aspects of Bud Powell and Lester Young's lives that chime and speak volumes. Read a tribute to Tavernier in Libération

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Plucked from Tip City Dan Wilson is a blistering boost for Brother Mister

What's the sound of satisfaction? Look at who's breezed in for a clue. 'Who Shot John' is a strong candidate. From Vessels of Wood and Earth by guitarist Dan Wilson produced by Christian McBride for the Philadelphian jazz icon's own Brother Mister …

Published: 25 Mar 2021. Updated: 28 days.

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What's the sound of satisfaction? Look at who's breezed in for a clue. 'Who Shot John' is a strong candidate. From Vessels of Wood and Earth by guitarist Dan Wilson produced by Christian McBride for the Philadelphian jazz icon's own Brother Mister label. Album personnel include a range of leaders in their own right as you'll find pianist Christian Sands, bassist Marco Panascia, “Tain” Watts on drums and guest singer Joy Brown playing a part. Christian says of Wilson: ''He has an enviable technique that comes so seemingly easy to him and his pocket is very deep.'' Wilson has even toured in McBride's own Tip City trio, an accolade in itself.

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Wilson's records to date include To Whom It May Concern and Balancing Act. Think George Benson a bit for partial emanation in terms of sheer calibre in Wilson's approach and there are delicious Burrellian flavours too all ready among more to discern. Vessels of Wood and Earth is to be released on 23 April