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JAZZ PRIMER

John Coltrane and the Meaning of Life

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Few jazz musicians inspire more respect or demand more attention than John Coltrane. Elvin Jones, Coltrane's drummer in “The Classic Quartet" (1961-65), said that most people who listen seriously to John Coltrane's music eventually acquire all of his recordings. I find that those who hear Coltrane for who he was want to hear all that he was. I am one of these completists, ever scanning music stores and the Internet to find new releases. The man behind the music fascinates ...

JAZZ PRIMER

How to Listen to Jazz

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All About Jazz readers are usually very hip to the joys and challenges of listening to this uniquely American and endlessly fascinating art form we call jazz. Aficionados of jazz like to talk about jazz, like to recommend jazz to others, and like to listen to how others listen to jazz. This is why strangers can so easily talk jazz. In that spirit, consider how to grow even bigger ears for the music. Obstacles may stand in ...

RECORD LABEL PROFILES

The Sophisticated World of Schema Records

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Schema records was founded in the beginning of 1997 by Luciano Cantone and Davide Rosa. The label's aesthetic profile is described in the following way: “Although the roots of the label are mainly influenced by jazz and bossa nova, Schema has an appeal for all kinds of music and embraces true experimentation since it's the real knowledge of our past mixed with today's technologies that makes the true basis of music making." The result is music that ...

INTERVIEWS

Artt Frank: Talking Chet Baker

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In Chet Baker: The Missing Years--A Memoir (BooksEndependent,LLC), drummer/composer Artt Frank delivers an in-the-room intimate, yet no-holds-barred tale of his professional and personal relationship with the mythologized jazz trumpeter. Drawn from deep admiration for and loyal friendship with Baker, as well as his 14 years performing with him, Frank has painted a distinctive, poignant and dramatically heartfelt portrait of the Chet Baker persona. All About Jazz: Thanks for taking time to speak with us about the book ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Nick Hempton's Catch & Release

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Ever since the advent of Napster, musicians and commentators have been sounding the knell for the music industry model that had existed for the better part of the twentieth century. More than fifteen years on, it's clear that the old model lurches on, haggard and zombielike, but no clear and lasting successor has emerged. The à la carte model of iTunes, the 500-pound gorilla of the digital music era, is now losing ground to ad-supported or subscription streaming services such ...

THE BIG QUESTION
LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Botti at Blue Note Jazz Club

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Chris Botti Blue Note Jazz Club 10th Annual Holiday Residency New York, NY January 2, 2015 Chris Botti has held his own as a contemporary music darling since making splashes as both a studio and live musician in the mid-1990s. Gracefully sidestepping knee-jerk criticism and bolstered by widespread praise, he has forged a smooth, individual path across a variety of genres, earning an equally diverse fan base along the way. Whether or not one ...

AAJ PRO

Creating An Album Discography at All About Jazz: A How-To Guide

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All About Jazz recently created album discographies from our deep archive of album reviews and from the Discogs.com API, resulting in over 100,000 album discography records in our database. And thanks in part to our musician community, we add new albums daily. You can read more about the seeds of the discography project here. In this article we'll explain how to add, update, and delete albums associated with a musician profile. Our goal is to help ...



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