Track of the day: Taste of Honey

A beautifully measured introduction, and the opening track, to a new Beatles tribute album from the Swedish modern mainstream jazz guitar star Ulf Wakenius joined by an all-Swedish band with e.s.t. drummer Magnus Öström and bassist Lars Danielsson. …

Published: 21 May 2020. Updated: 45 days.

A beautifully measured introduction, and the opening track, to a new Beatles tribute album from the Swedish modern mainstream jazz guitar star Ulf Wakenius joined by an all-Swedish band with e.s.t. drummer Magnus Öström and bassist Lars Danielsson. Look for the release in the late-summer.

Ulf Wakenius top, Photo: Lennart Sjoeberg/ACT

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After Lockdown we need to support jazz more than ever otherwise it's curtains

It's more imperative than ever post-Lockdown for us all to get out and hear live jazz wherever that is. It's going to be difficult make no mistake, clubs that can operate doing social distancing will not have it easy. It will probably feel weird in …

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 46 days.

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It's more imperative than ever post-Lockdown for us all to get out and hear live jazz wherever that is. It's going to be difficult make no mistake, clubs that can operate doing social distancing will not have it easy. It will probably feel weird in venues for a while but at least they will be back. I see encouraging noises today about pubs opening in July but little about live music beyond hospitality issues, that's going to take a while longer in what looks like a cruel summer ahead. I can't see what's wrong however with venues opening with a single musician playing (say a pianist, a guitarist, a singer) or duo properly spaced out and take it from there. I think that can be managed and certainly any venues that are allowed to open will be forced to comply with whatever the government dictates. There's just as much chance of breaking social distancing in the narrow aisles of a supermarket as a venue. A pensioner on a mission for a satsuma and a hobnob even the most agile jazzer is no match for. The future will be tough and we will all be a bit scared at first going out but we have to bite that bullet. If we didn't know now how much jazz is a live music then we will never know and the danger is the longer it is gone the harder it will be to crawl back. But dawdle back we must.

Peter Edwards and the Nu Civilization Orchestra, Ronnie Scott's, pictured top, in 2019