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British jazz Supplement
Issue 70 ·7 I
December 1989 I January 1990 Suhscrihers please note: this issuecou!'ts as two .
4 An Editor's Idea
6 Now's The Time All news plus Berio season and our famous columnists 20 Livewire In -concert excitement from}arrett , Berg, Blakey, more 28 Lee Konitz Mike Fish talks to Rio Lee-o 32 John Rae Can Scotland rise again? Andy Hamilton finds out 34 Hichael Nyman The composer, the photographer, the journalist:} Coe 38 Harvin Smitty Smith Brian Morton raps a royal rhythm 42 Faces for '90 We pick some names to watch 46 29th Street Tony Herrington says : what is it you play again? 51 Books Dick Heckstall-Smith , more 53 The Essentia140 Our critics pick the best ofthe 80s 60 Bobby Bradford Cornet cat meets Roland Ramanan 64 Critics' Choice The best ofthe year in our indispensable chart 66 Cassandra Wilson Voicing her views to Ben Watson 69 Soundcheck The last round-up ofthe 80s
Plus! Our British jazz Today supplement!