Since Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry gave the piano-less quartet such an unfettered sense of freedom and possibility way back in 1958, there have been countless permutations of the format, in varying degrees of adherence to the original blueprint. Even Charles Mingus had plenty to say with the line-up in 1961, with Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond.
Almost fifty years after Tomorrow Is The Question!, piano-less quartets are still somewhat de rigeur in creative music. Two outfits, vastly different in approach, have recently been documented by Lisbon-based label Clean Feed: Transit, a New York cooperative ostensibly directed by ...read more
Face it: jazz will never again regain the audience (or power) it held sixty, fifty, or even forty years ago. The giants--Monk, Mingus, and Coltrane--are gone. Sure, the listeners who read these reviews are moved by the music, but the kids in the streets are marching to a different beat... literally.
We temper our enthusiasm for this music, sharing it with like-minded listeners. Sometimes when a hard-hitting disc like Bad Guys comes out, you are tempted to drop it into your neighbors' sound system and challenge them to dig what's being put down. Go ahead and do just ...read more
Internationally renowned bassist, composer, and musical director Zé Eduardo has been a seminal figure and a long-time fixture on the Portuguese jazz landscape. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the end of Portuguese rightist rule, he pays tribute to the songs of José Afonso with A Jazzar No Zeca. To begin to comprehend the immense influence of singer/songwriter José Zeca Afonso (1929-1987) on the Portuguese musical mindset, an American would have to consider the combined significance of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. A socially conscious protest singer whose compositions celebrated the land and its ...read more
At some point in the past, jazz from Europe, like wines from America, was second-class stuff, adequate, but somehow out of sync with the real thing. Nowadays, though, you'd have to be a complete loon not to appreciate the craftsmanship and excellence of European jazz (the same goes for American wine).
Portuguese bassist Zé Eduardo, the leader on A Jazzar No Zeca, together with saxophonist Jesus Santandreu and drummer Bruno Pedroso, shows off a keen sense of jazz that swings like, dances like, and, most importantly, excites like American jazz. Although they interpret the music of the Portuguese singer José ...read more