Author Archives: Jason Holmes

Miles Ahead: ‘Bitches Brew’ Hits 50

At the end of this month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Davis. So what, you may ask. But the answer is emphatic. So everything. The record is one of many apogees of the jazz idiom,…

The Sound of Silence: What’s Become of the Protest Song?

If the past three years haven’t been sufficient to drive home the point, then perhaps it needs restating. We live in compelling political times, the reality starker than before, the populace engrossed by the ongoing national conversation. It’s been an…

ALBUM: Pixies ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

‘Beneath The Eyrie’ by the Pixies comes at you like a wave – twenty feet high, drenched from the players’ exertions and all American. It’s an important record right now because it helps explain what has happened to rock made…

LIVE: MOTHER EARTH at the 100 CLUB, 27.6.19

From the Mayor of London’s office come dubious missives promising a halt to the capital’s cultural drain, but that the office continues to oversee the closure of live venues across central London means that all musicians – and that means…