|Chris Parker taking notes for a CD review |
while on summer holiday, 2013.
Sebastian and Rob write:
Chris Parker has decided to step back from his role as the lead reviewer of CDs at LondonJazz News.
We would like to thank him for an amazing contribution over the past three years to setting the tone, and to increasing the professionalism of LondonJazz News with every single piece he has written for us.
Henceforth, Chris's contribution to the site will be as an occasional book reviewer.
Chris is a one-time publisher of Wire magazine and jazz editor for Quartet Books, and he has written about jazz for The Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Music Magazine, Jazz Review and for the Vortex website. He was also presenter of Jazz Today and Jazz in Concert on Radio 3 in the 1980s and early 1990s.
For us it has been a constant privilege to host the work of a writer who is one of the cohort of the most experienced and respected reviewers in the UK. Chris's pieces are models of economy of expression and object lessons in the ethics of reviewing.
Chris is by profession a freelance book editor and proofreader with over 40 years' experience, so the copy he sends in is word-perfect every time. It's an editor's dream.
Chris says: "I've really enjoyed immersing myself in jazz's new releases over the past few years, but would like, while I'm still reasonably alert, to be able to spend more time with my existing record collection, sadly neglected over the past decade or so. Thanks to Seb & Rob for dealing with my copy so sensitively & professionally, & to the site's readers for their kind attention..."
In the wider context, Chris has made a substantial contribution to making UK jazz better known, appreciated and understood.
As regards LondonJazz news the implications are as follows
- We shall miss Chris's invaluable contribution
- Publicists and musicians who are seeking to place reviews of CDs: this is a significant change for us, we will be going through a transition, and ask you to patient with us while we put a new system in place.
- We currently expect to appoint a commissioning editor for CD reviews after our fifth birthday, in late January