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Chris Ingham

Kit Aiken is a pseudonym for Chris Ingham
Chris Ingham

Born '62 in the North East of England (cine film exists of him wielding a Beatletar in a North Shields garden in late '64), did a decent Noddy Holder until his voice broke, became a jazz head in his teens which both suited and fuelled his innate isolationist tendencies and mistaken superiority complex, dabbled with Drama and English at Warwick University 1981-85, played in distressingly quirky art 'n' b band The Locomotives 1983-87, married his sixth-form sweetheart in '88, was half of arch miserablist duo Because 1990-91 (with Jim Irvin, of this parish), was quarter of the unbearably hip Flanagan Ingham Quartet 1994-2001, wrote for MOJO and UNCUT until there was nothing left to say, authored Rough Guides to The Beatles (2003) and Frank Sinatra (2005), is currently able to feed his family thus:


a) producing/composing
b) lecturing in jazz and pop at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
c) gigging as a freelance jazz pianist

Collectors of non-rock press Ingham-related items should look for the following:
Rough Guide To Frank Sinatra (Rough Guides/Penguin 2005)
Rough Guide To The Beatles (Rough Guides/Penguin 2003, 2nd ed. 2006, 3rd ed. 2009)
Billie Holiday (MQP/Unanimous 2000)
• Flanagan Ingham Quartet: Zanzibar (Gray Brothers 1995
• Flanagan Ingham Quartet: Textile Lunch (33 Jazz 1999)
• Because: Mad Scared Dumb And Gorgeous (Haven 1992)
• The Locomotives: Bourgeois Voodoo (Big Beat 1987) very rare
• The Locomotives: From The Finest Rolling Stock (Media Burn 1985) very rare

Feel free to bother Chris at cjr.ingham@btinternet.com

Chris Ingham online

List of articles in the library by artist

10cc: The Very Best Of 10cc

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

All the single hits (1970-1986) and ‘Une Nuit A Paris’ from Manchester's art-pop maestros, famously named after the average volume of the male ejaculation. Plus ...

Mose Allison: A Chat with Mose Allison

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, September 1996

Where do you think your vocal style come from? ...

The Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1997

The stereo mix, outtakes, session excerpts, stack o' tracks, stack o'vocals: more Pet Sounds you couldn't hope for, on 4 CDs. ...

The Beatles: Anthology 3

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1996

"WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THAT?" ENQUIRES PAUL McCartney after half a dozen silly-voice choruses of ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’. ...

Ben Folds Five: The Unauthorised Biogrpahy Of Reinhold Messner

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1999

Piano-led trio’s third album proper. ...

Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen (Sony)

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1997

Piano/bass/drums trio whose 'Underground' was a summer Top 40 hit. This is their second album, their first for Sony. They are, wouldn’t you know, big ...

Ben Folds Five: Steinway to Heaven: The Ben Folds Five

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1999

On a three-man mission to revive the grand piano’s sex appeal ...

Ben Folds Five: The Ben Folds Five: Steinway to Heaven

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1999

IT'S TEMPTING TO IMAGINE that in eschewing guitars and positioning the grand piano as the centrepiece sound of their three maverick alt-pop albums, the Ben ...

Björk: Bjork: Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, October 1997

JUST HOW good is Bjork? Artists appearing fully-formed, uncompromisingly individual, interesting but often disturbingly idiosyncratic – think of Thelonious Monk or even Kate Bush – ...

The Carpenters: Interview with Richard Carpenter

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1996

For the grisly details of pill addiction, anorexia nervosa and blue velvet jackets, try Ray Coleman's book. Today, Richard Carpenter talks to Chris Ingham about ...

Jimmy Scott, Ray Charles: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Jimmy Scott on Ray Charles And Betty Carter

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 2001

I WAS IN the Lionel Hampton band in ’49. Betty joined months after me, we picked her up in Detroit. We never sang together, everybody ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ten Questions for Ray Davies

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

What's happening in Kink land? ...

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Sony/Columbia)

Review by Chris Ingham, Uncut, July 1998

6 CD set of innovative, hugely influential jazz group covering ESP, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Water Babies, Miles In The Sky and Filles De Kilimanjaro ...

Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, Beige and Sacred: A Journey through Duke Ellington

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S HARD to overstate Duke Ellington's stature as a 20th century musician. Honoured by world leaders, respected by legit' cats and revered by jazz musicians ...

Macy Gray: Lady Sings The Blues: Macy Gray’s On How Life Is

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, August 1999

Striking debut album from LA singer-songwriter. ...

The High Llamas: High Llamas: Cold And Bouncy (Alpaca Park)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, February 1998

IF YOU LOVE The Beach Boys and other purveyors of the pocket symphony as much as the highest Llama Sean O'Hagan obviously does, then Hawaii ...

Mark Hollis, Talk Talk: Mark Hollis on Mark Hollis

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, February 1998

Why all-acoustic this time? ...

Alan Hull, Lindisfarne: Alan Hull 1945-1995

Obituary by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 1996

WHEN I WAS 15 – AND FIVE YEARS AN EX-PAT GEORDIE – MY contemporaries idolised Strummer and Weller. I wanted to be like Alan Hull. ...

Diana Krall

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 1999

SO EFFICIENT, SO all-pervasive has been Canadian pianist-singer Diana Krall's rise in the jazz world (and beyond, in sales terms), an American jazz magazine offered ...

Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis: April In Paris With Branford And Ellis

Report and Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, April 1997

NOTE: Commissioned by Nick Coleman at The Independent, this interview remained unpublished due to Branford and Ellis canceling their live appearances. ...

Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1997

According to the man himself, Paul can bash out a song in the time it takes Linda to whip up a soyasome supper. But is ...

Randy Newman: Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1999

NEWMAN FANS have been baying for this kind of set for a while, especially as the songwriter's back catalogue has been unavailable on CD for ...

Prefab Sprout: Catching Up with Paddy Mac

Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, November 1999

This is an unpublished interview with Paddy McAloon on the release of 38 Carat Gold: The Best Of Prefab Sprout. ...

Prefab Sprout: Andromeda Heights

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1997

ONCE, WHILE LISTENING To Prefab Sprout's Protest Songs, wide-eyed in admiration at the musical facility, the poetic imagination, the sheer individuality of it all, my ...

Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1998

WHY ARE Pulp interesting? Previously, of course, the Misfit King, their smarter-than-average frontman/lyricist with his louche irony and left-field charisma was the main answer. ...

Radiohead: Amnesiac

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 2001

THOUGH CONFUSING at least as many as it impressed at the time, seven months and several listens on, the litany of anguish that is Kid ...

Eddi Reader: Angels And Electricity (Blanco Y Negro)

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1998

EVEN ALLOWING for our response to singing being largely subjective, some voices just do the job, don't they? For me, Eddi Reader is up there ...

Red Snapper: Mojo Rising: Red Snapper

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 1997

IT COULD HAVE gone so wrong. A trio of thirtysomething musos with jazz/hip-hop tendencies and chops to spare, take to jamming in Hammersmith and decide ...

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: Ten Questions for Charlie Watts

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 1996

Long Ago And Far Away, standards performed by jazz quintet, string orchestra and vocalist, sounds like a continuation of your last album, Warm And Tender. ...

Pharaoh Sanders: Pharoah Sanders

Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, 2000

THERE IS THE aura of legend surrounding the business of Pharoah Sanders. The fez, the dashiki, the Egyptian Prince goatee and the very name conjures ...

Paul Simon: Still Crazy?

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 2000

PAUL SIMON and I are alone in a large, dim, empty room in a Manhattan rehearsal complex and he’s zippered up to his throat, ever-present ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Life After The Capeman

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 2000

PAUL SIMON AND I are alone in a large, dim, empty room in a Manhattan rehearsal complex and he’s zippered up to his throat, ever-present ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon And Garfunkel: Live From New York City, 1967

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, September 2002

NEITHER AS gritty as Dylan or as political as Ochs or Baez, Simon And Garfunkel's folk-rock style had a cool, preppy awareness and an alluring ...

Frank Sinatra

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, October 1998

BORN 15 December 1915, died 14 May 1998 ...

Frank Sinatra: Stan Britt: Sinatra – A Celebration

Book Review by Chris Ingham, Jazz on CD, February 1996

ON FINISHING Kitty Kelley's depressing, unrelentingly seamy His Way, you were so stuffed full of (alleged) details concerning the less admirable aspects of Sinatra's remarkable ...

Frank Sinatra: The Best of Frank Sinatra: A Home Taping Special

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 1999

BECAUSE OF THE near-flawless nature of a handful of albums (Wee Small Hours, Songs For Swingin' Lovers, A Swingin' Affair, Only The Lonely), it would ...

Steely Dan and Jazz

Interview by Chris Ingham, Jazzwise, December 2000

WAITING FOR Walter Becker and Donald Fagen AKA Steely Dan in their publicist’s New York office, I spot two mouth-wateringly opulent 24 CD sets of ...

Steely Dan: Joined At The Hip

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 2000

IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS, A HIATUS ALMOST unheard of in rock. In the 1970s. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen – studio auteurs infused with the ...

Steely Dan: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1996

THEY QUIT TOURING IN '74; broke up in '80. Now the arch hipster auteurs of literate, cynical, smart-ass rock jazz – the creators of some ...

Paul Weller: The Don: Paul Weller

Profile and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 2000

He’s been assailed by business bosses, punk rivals and ex-bandmates. Now, with a landmark fifth album in the can. Paul Weller shows Chris ...

Cassandra Wilson: Fellow Traveller

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

Chris Ingham: What was the selection process for your Miles Davis tribute album Travelling Miles? ...

Wings: Paul McCartney And Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

25th anniversary 2-CD edition of 1973 classic, featuring US-related album (including 'Helen Wheels') plus audio documentary CD. ...

Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

IN THE immediate post-Beatles period, Paul McCartney was a critic's whipping boy. Compared to the lustrous pop of Abbey Road, the open-hearted panoply of All ...

XTC: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1999

Like the set of a James Bond finale, the cavernous, converted power station of Metropolis Studios is all walkways, bridges and industrial lifts. At the ...

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