May 2020 Update

After the good vibes of September 2019’s ‘Warehouse Remembered’ charity event – reuniting various acts associated with the mid-90s ‘golden age’ of live music in Belfast, which coincided with the 18-month existence of the Warehouse as a venue – there was demand to run another. Luckily, it happened just before …

December 2019 Update

A brief scribble to say that my EP with the Legends of Tomorrow, Don’t Go to Nashville, is now ‘out’, available on iTunes and elsewhere. The ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ moniker has arisen periodically since 1995 as a quasi-imaginary band name for recordings gathering many musical friends together. Here’s the iTunes …

October 2019 Update

A now rare appearance of a CH feature in a magazine last month – a piece in ‘Record Collector’ on John Renbourn and Dorris Henderson’s 1960s recordings, on the back of Cherry Red’s 6CD set Unpentangled: The Sixties Albums containing the 1965–68 work of both, which I compiled and provided …

February 2019 Update

So, did the Mike Gibbs 3CD set I mentioned last time come to be? Yes. It’s called Festival 69 (Turtle Records) and boasts two concerts from that year, one recorded at the Belfast Festival (deduced after a lot of period music press research and then confirmed by a visit to …

May 2018 update

I’ve been digitising a number of reels by British progressive jazz legend Michael Gibbs recently and two concerts by his big band, both from 1969 and one featuring Gary Burton and his Quartet, will comprise a 3CD set on the Turtle imprint in September. Looks like I’m writing the notes …

January 2018 Update

Well, it seems my second book on John McLaughlin has been rather more popular than I thought. As explained in previous posts, Echoes From Then: Glimpses of John McLaughlin 1959-75 was conceived as a limited-edition companion to Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond (Jawbone, 2014). …

September 2017 Update

At the time of writing, I expect to take delivery of 200 copies – the complete first print run – of my new book Echoes From Then: Glimpses of John McLaughlin 1959–75. (See previous update for content details.) Copies will be available exclusively from Amazon (UK) for £19.95 + P&P …

July 2017 Update

‘Every week now, a new jazz book arrives on my desk. Biography, autobiography, discography, miscellany, anthology and fiction – they come streaming off the presses… Now, such is the spate of commentary and research, there will soon be nothing left to write about.’ Humphrey Lyttelton, 1960   In 2014 my …

March 2017 Update

A quick update this time… My 2010 under-the-radar album Titanium Flag will be reissued nationally in expanded and remastered form by Market Square Records, run with exquisite taste and aplomb by bon viveur, renaissance man, public relations guru and all round good fellow Peter Muir. This new edition exists because …

November 2016 Update

  November already? I really must update more often. The Peter Eden/British Jazz feature in Record Collector finally appeared, in RC458 (October 2016). In support of the tremendous Quintessence 2CD set on Hux, Spirits From Another Time, released earlier this year, I wrote a feature for Shindig! (can’t recall the …