Articles by Donald Elfman

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Album Review

Carol Sudhalter: The Octave Tunes

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The notes to this thoughtful and beautifully executed disc suggest this is the first collection in which the tunes share the trait of all starting with an octave interval. True, perhaps, but what sets it apart is smart music passionately and intelligently played by musicians committed to the fine art of communication. Carol Sudhalter is a talented multi-reed instrumentalist and her work on tenor, baritone and flute is of a piece--keen on melody, finely proportioned and always ...

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Interview

Eddie Gomez: The Playing is Free

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Eddie Gomez is known throughout the world as a consummate bassist, sterling educator and a musician active in a wide variety of musical settings. He has been on the music scene for more than 40 years and has worked with everyone from Bobby Darin to Giuseppi Logan. Gomez moved from Puerto Rico as a child and was playing music from an early age. He came to prominence when Bill Evans asked him to be the bassist for the pianist's trio, ...

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Record Label Profile

Uptown Records

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Uptown Records, in the person of its founder Bob Sunenblick, has become something of a jazz missing persons—or sessions—bureau. The label's Flashback series have released rare treasures by some of the giants of the music as well as some of the more unsung heroes. Uptown has released 'new' recordings by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Charles Mingus but has also unearthed gems from pianist Dodo Marmarosa, trumpeter Dupree Bolton and saxophonists Serge Chaloff and Lucky Thompson.

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Multiple Reviews

Gershwin Two-fer: Bohuslan Big Band & Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

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Bohuslan Big BandGeorge Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (feat. Lew Soloff & Adam Nussbaum)Self-published2009 Scottish National Jazz OrchestraRhapsody in Blue LiveSpartacus2009 It's still no surprise that George Gershwin, one of America's first 'serious' composers to be influenced by jazz, would continue himself to influence countless jazz musicians. The pieces he composed have proven themselves to ...

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Multiple Reviews

Accordion Three-Fer: Triphilia; Nice Guy Trio & Will Holshouser

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Alan Bern/Michael Rodach/Paul BrodyTriophiliaJazzwerkstatt2009 The Nice Guy TrioHere Comes The Nice Guy TrioPorto Franco2009 Will Holshouser Trio + Bernardo SassettiPalace Ghosts and Drunken HymnsClean Feed2001 Because it was portable and reflected the many cultures that came to the US in the 20th century, once upon a ...

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Interview

Ron McClure: Lookout Farms and New Moons

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Bassist Ron McClure has a practical philosophy about what he does. “Making music begins with doing your job," he says. “It's nice if you can be a hot soloist, but do your job first and do it well." These are words that the bassist has lived by for over 40 years in the jazz music business. McClure has done everything from playing with saxophonists such as Charles Lloyd to being part of pop recordings by the Pointer Sisters and Blood, ...

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Multiple Reviews

Piano/Bass Four-Fer

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