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Ken Hohman's Top Jazz Releases of 2014

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I'd taken a six month hiatus from my radio show, Freedom Jazz Dance, to concentrate on other things. Turns out my timing couldn't have been worse. I was inundated with so many excellent recordings in 2014 that my head was spinning. Fortunately, I now had the time to truly enjoy them! Here are the lucky 13 that struck my fancy: 1. Melissa Aldana--Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Records) 2. Chris Byars--The Music of Duke Jordan ...


Robert Bush Best of 2014

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2014 proved a banner year for jazz recordings. Still, two of my favorite discs this year came in the form of previously unreleased material--the Jarrett Trio and Coltrane Quintet cannot be overlooked, in my opinion. Wadada Leo Smith The Great Lakes Suites (Tum Records) Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian Hamburg '72 (ECM) John Coltrane Offering Live at Temple University ...


Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

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Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases. Ambrose Akinmusire The imagined savior is far easier to paint (Blue Note) In his early thirties trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is developing his own voice as one of today's brightest and most imaginative young leaders with a ...


2014: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not unexpected, the jazz community again said goodbye to lot of players and industry figures throughout the year. Newport at 60


C. Andrew Hovan's Top 10 for 2014

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This will be a first in some time. For a variety of reasons, I had to curtail my writing activities about five years ago. As a result, my limited work for All About Jazz consisted mainly of photography and live reviews. As a result, I felt less then prepared in previous years to present any kind of coverage of the “end of the year" variety. However, over the past twelve months, I have found myself back in the loop. I ...


Top 15 "Most Read" Interviews: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an interview is read, and the interviews listed below represent our top 15 published in 2014. Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon by Nicholas F. Mondello Published: August 19, 2014 Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son by DanMichael Reyes Published: February 19, 2014 Justin Faulkner: Serving the Music by Paul Naser Published: April ...


Top 12 "Most Read" and "Most Recommended" Articles: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read and recommended, and the articles listed below represent our top twelve published in 2014. Top 12 “Most Read" Articles Catching Up With Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon by Nicholas F. Mondello Published: August 19, 2014 Live Reviews King Crimson at The Warfield by John Kelman Published: October 11, 2014 Interviews Takuya Kuroda: Rising ...


Top 25 MP3 Downloads: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often a featured MP3 is downloaded, and the following represent our top 25 in 2014. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! 1. Duende de Luz (05:34) By: Javier Alcantara From: Short Stories (Self Produced) 2. Call Me Winter (5:37) By: Jackie Allen From: My Favorite Color (Avant Bass) 3. Ronin (6:04) ...

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