LondonJazz News, the site, our social media feeds and our Wednesday morning newsletter only make a difference if what we produce is actually read, so I have gone through an exercise of tracking the year 2021 to see our most-read posts…
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Our most-read articles fall fairly neatly into three groups: firstly, there were several articles about those whom we have sadly lost during the past year, secondly there have been some very popular album reviews, and thirdly some pieces about Pat Metheny. So, rather than ranking them, here they, are listed by category
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Sebastian (Editor) and team.
1) People who have passed away during 2021.
It is a sad roll call of some very great figures. This is definitely not an exhaustive list of people in jazz who have passed away merely those posts we have published which happen to have received a lot of readers…
- At the end of January we published tributes to violinist Sonia Slany
- Evan Parker wrote in tribute to John Russell
- Also in January we marked the passing of Keith Nichols
- And Richard Pite remembered him in this tribute
- Chick Corea also passed away, and Tim Garland wrote a personal tribute
- In February we reported the passing – far too young – of Christian Brewer
- Later in the year we reported on the memorial gig to him at the 606, organised by Leon Greening
- We also lost – again too soon – saxophonist Steve Main
- And we published a tribute to Jeremy Lubbock by John Altman
- In March we reported the death of Chris Barber
- …and also published a grateful tribute to him from Ian Bateman
- In August we were sad to lose Peter Ind
- In September we were sad to report the passing of Willie Garnett
- We published two memories of Charlie Watts, one a previously unpublished interview by Chris Parker the other a tribute by T Bruce Wittet
2) Three Album Reviews
Our three most-read reviews of the year were:
XXXX from Wollny/ Parisien / Lefebvre / Lillinger (Jon Turney’s album review of the ACT label)
King Crimson – Music is Our Friend/ Robert Fripp – ‘Music for Quiet Moments’ (both reviews by John Bungey)
3) Four articles about Pat Metheny