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Cyrille Aimee: It's a Good Day

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In countries around the world, March is designated as Women's History Month, a time where we acknowledge women of excellence in a variety of fields of expertise. Women who create milestones and trends to awaken the consciousness of people who they inspire with the light of a new approach to something familiar. A true pioneer is one who possesses the independent spirit of ingenuity and the spirit of change. Looking at the world of jazz, that independent spirit is embodied ...

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Nate Radley: Morphoses

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It took Nate Radley a while to graduate from sideman/band member to leader, but The Big Eyes (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2012) was an impressive debut that called for a quick follow-up. Happily, Radley seems to be on a roll. Carillon (Steeplechase, 2013) pitted Radley alongside Ted Poor, Chris Cheek and Matt Clohesy on an eclectic set of atmospherically diverse originals and swinging standards. On Morphoses the guitarist once again surrounds himself with frequent collaborators Poor, Loren Stillman and Matt ...

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The Third Annual World Vibes Congress Creates Waves in Asbury Park

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Another epic gathering of vibraphone players was uncorked and, like Champagne on New Year's Eve, this bubbly was not staying in the bottle. Part of the Third World Vibes Congress, the jam exploded at the packed Langosta Lounge and Restaurant on Asbury Park's boardwalk early in January. Pairs of vibes players, many of whom had never played together or even met, formed quartets with stalwarts, bassist Loren Cohen and drummer Alvester Garnett. They rolled in like waves. First ...

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Buddy Tate: Texas Tenor

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Saxophonist George “Buddy" Tate came to prominence in the 1930s with his hard swinging style and robust and resilient tone. His sound mellowed and matured like a fine spirit throughout a long and busy career but his approach did not veer far from his original fashion of playing, dubbed Texas Tenor. The 1978 Sackville record is named just that, one of three Tate discs to bear this title.The label's rhythm trio joins Tate on an intimate set of ...

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Spin Marvel: Infolding

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A cross somewhere between Jon Hassell and Eno, there's a funky brilliance here that keeps me coming back for more. There are jams packed into all six pieces, a bunch of running around in and outside of meters, serious soloing without being serious (or at least, showing off). The Hassell and Eno references, of course, come from certain periods (Fourth World and beyond), both being decades old by now but still sounding fresh. But unlike both of them, by mixing ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Bulletin Board Members' Picks

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Since we started the Building a Jazz Library (BAJL) series, we've assembled more than sixty collections, and that number continues to grow. We thought it might be interesting to see what readers would recommend, so we asked AAJ Bulletin Board members to provide a short list of recordings they considered essential, and the 159 different lists that came in over a six-month period added up to a tremendously diverse collection of music. The following thirteen recordings (listed ...

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Mike Parker’s Unified Theory: Embrace The Wild

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New York bassist Mike Parker leads an international quintet based in Krakow, Poland where he has been residing for the last two years. This is his second album with this band and already shows signs of great things. Kicking off with “Kobra Kai Dance Remix" this is pure post-bop jazz tinged with eclectic influences--Ornette, Mingus, M-Base and more--Parker's solid, insistent bass line here intertwines with intricate ensemble passages. “Hopped.Up.Pop" starts quietly enough with horns but a resounding bass ...

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Orrin Keepnews: Classic Producer of Classics

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This interview was originally published in August 2007. As a city boy who took a liking to jazz music and extended it into a budding career as a journalist, Orrin Keepnews may have inadvertently veered into the record-producing arena that generated classic albums from a wide range of unforgettable artists. Maybe it was a fortunate accident. Maybe fate. Maybe it's a word he uses about others: inevitable. Born in jny: New York City eighty-four ...



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