On New Year’s Day, BBC Radio Scotland’s The Jazz House was given over to an interview with author Ian Rankin. In addition to being a successful crime novelist, Rankin turns out to be a serious jazz buff, and selected all the music played on the show. His choices included pieces by Art Pepper, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis; and his picks generally aren’t the most obvious track by the musicians. He also includes performances by local musicians Graeme Stephen, Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock.
The programme is available via Listen Again until Sunday 9th. It’s a very enjoyable programme: as well as having excellent taste in jazz, Rankin is an engrossing interviewee.