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Tony Mastrull Jazz Nonet: The Tony Mastrull Project

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In the late 1960s, the story circulated in Las Vegas that Elvis Presley caught aural wind of an original composition written by a young arranger and which piece was used in the Vegas production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The King was so taken by the tune's emotional power that he offered to buy the chart outright to use as his opening fanfare in his own high-energy shows. Elvis was not successful in his pursuit. However, the incident ...


Spandau Ballet SiriusXM Artist Confidential

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Spandau Ballet SiriusXM Studios Artist Confidential January 20,2014 A small group of 40 and 50-something men and women huddled outside of the McGraw Hill building in New York City in a cluster, kidding around, eager for a glance or maybe an autograph, toting odds and ends of memorabilia under arms clad in substantial winter coats. Bundled against the winter wind that cut between the tall buildings on this side of town, these die-hard Spandau Ballet ...


Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm: Robin Goodie

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It's always interesting to discover how the rest of the world views your country and this, the second album by Strigalev's six piece Smiling Organizm, was apparently inspired by his time in England. So while we might reasonably expect a paean to the joys of tea, queue etiquette and appalling public transport, the mirror Strigalev holds up instead highlights “nature... humour, heroism, strong personalities, love, rebelliousness and... some stupidity." Well, I guess it could have been worse! There ...


Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen

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Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhamma continues to capture the late-fifties and early-sixties Blue Note sound. That magic golden age of jazz, when legends roamed roamed the earth, and recorded their music at Rudy Van Gelder's studio. His music conjures names like Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. The twelve compositions recorded here are the motion picture soundtrack for Gentlemen, an adaptation of Klas Östergren's novel, directed by Mikael Marcimain. The film features the club scenes of 1960s and ...


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia

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You can't fault Annie Lennox if she gives the impression Nostalgia is her first swipe at a “serious" jazz record. Back in the 90's she entered the scene as the gender-bending vocalist of the Eurythmics turning out perfect synth pop. Lennox turned 60 this year and along with her closely-cropped grey hair, she displays the full maturity of a veteran artist. However, the end result here are bit muddled with peaks and valleys along the musical journey through ...


Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research: Hat And Shoes

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Without a doubt, German multi-woodwind ace Gebhard Ullmann is one of the busiest artists within the global jazz network. Hat & Shoes celebrates his Basement Research band's 20th anniversary and the artist's 50th CD as a co-leader and leader, including his other ensembles --Conference Call and the Clarinet Trio. The all-star quintet ups the ante via its intensely wrought force-field and crafty deportment, compiled with spirited group evolvements. The three-man horn section's deterministic mode of operations, offer rousing ...


Warren Haynes: The Timeline of Sco-Mule and Beyond

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By all accounts, Warren Haynes is known to be an upbeat forward-thinking individual. In this recent conversation however, he is borderline ebullient. And why not? Last October he aided immeasurably in bringing the forty-five year career of the Allman Brothers Band to a spectacular close. By the time of that historic appearance at New York's Beacon Theatre, the band Haynes founded with drummer Matt Abts and the late bassist Allen Woody, Gov't Mule, had begun the celebration of its twentieth ...


Golson and Trane Dissed in Philly (circa 1944)

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz in 1999. John Coltrane and Benny Golson stand among the major figures of jazz in the second half of the twentieth century, Coltrane primarily as a player and Golson primarily as a composer. But in 1944 jny: Philadelphia they were teenagers just getting their feet wet, learning tunes and jamming in the Golson living room (at this time Coltrane played alto in the style of Johnny Hodges). Benny was ...


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