Drumroll. And yeah, can you try to make it last till about next Monday August 1st.
Because, believe it or not, next Monday the Independent will do something highly unusual. It will, I am told, publish a live jazz review (Andy Gill/ Keith Jarrett) . What’s the big deal? I stand to be corrcted, but I believe this to be the first review of a live jazz event in the Independent since August 2010.
So this is the way a newspaper fiercely proud to be “free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence” chooses to deal with jazz, or as Duke Ellington called it, the “unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom.”
By way of comparison, and again according to my quick perusal of the paper’s online archive, the Independent has given that talisman of freedom Britney Spears a staggering twenty-three items of coverage so far this year alone. Oops, let’s do live jazz again.
Back in 2005, the excellent Phil Johnson drove up from Bristol to review the Tord Gustavsen Trio at the Lichfield Festival. And a beautifully written review it was, published in the Independent.
Those were the days…