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issue 94/95

december 1991 I january 1992

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Mickey Hart 12 New York Howard Mandel eats up the Apple I4 Antonio Hart Confidential talk with Stuart Nicholson 16 Subscribe! And collect a Miles Davis CD I8 Ron Geesin Tubular tales with Barry Witherden 22 Great Black Music Beginning our major forum 24


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Wynton Marsalis Exclusive conversation with Philip Watson Motown We pick our own chartbusters Black Rock Coalition Hopey Glass fuses andfractures Rap Production David Toop inside the circuitry 38 Jam & Lewis Mark Sinker meets theproducers 40 Modern Jazz Quartet Odds against Stuart Nicholson 44 Invisible Jukebox Kenny Mathieson tests Taj Mahal 46 Louis Armstrong Pops recollected by R D Cook 50 The Charts This month's seething sta tistics 52 Print Run New books worth reading 56 The Critics' Choice Our team picks the best of the year 62 Arthur Bliss Max Harrison sums up the centenary 69 70

Eyewire We study a new film from BAFC Mulgrew Miller Karen Bennett hears the future Crossword Chris Parker's beloved brainteaser Soundcheck Wrappin ' up the last of this year's reviews The Write Place Where readers shake , rattle and roll their own

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