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Album Review

The Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening

Read "On A Monday Evening" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Bill Evans, one of the most influential of jazz pianists, died in 1981. He left a legacy. The brilliant shine of his artistry gained widespread recognition in 1959 with his contribution to Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959), and surged into stellar territory with the release of his own Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside Records, 1961), a trio outing featuring bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. The interactivity and equality of input of that particular ...

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Album Review

Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Marc Davis


A Charlie Brown Christmas is the corniest jazz-Christmas album ever made. And that's OK. It's even good. I know the dig. What Vince Guaraldi played wasn't jazz, it was lounge music. It was sentimental. It was lightweight. It was sappy. Yep. All of that. So what? Christmas time is about memories. That's what the smells, the sights, the tastes and the music are about. Some are family memories, some are ...

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Extended Analysis

Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet

Read "Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet" reviewed by Chris May


Cal Tjader / Stan GetzSextetOriginal Jazz Classics Remasters2011 (1958) The presence of Latin and Afro-Cuban enthusiast, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, has created a widespread misconception that Sextet was the album which sparked tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's fascination with Brazilian music and, ultimately, bossa nova. The notion has, over the years, been reinforced by the inclusion of pianist Vince Guaraldi's “Ginza Samba," whose theme statements were played over a samba beat, and which, ...

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Album Review

Vince Guaraldi: The Definitive Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Definitive Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by David Rickert


Many of us were turned on to jazz before we even knew what it was, thanks to Vince Guaraldi. His soundtracks for the Peanuts television specials were a novel idea in cartoon scoring, yet seemed to perfectly fit the deceptively sophisticated adventures of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. His originals were some of the best jazz to come from the West Coast scene and a tribute to what can happen when a great muse hits a ...

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Album Review

The Charlie Hunter Trio: Mistico

Read "Mistico" reviewed by Doug Collette


On the CD tray photo of Mistico, all three members of The Charlie Hunter Trio are shown laughing heartily with each other. It's an appropriate picture, given the joy they exude playing together on this CD of original music by the guitarist/bandleader, which suits the evocative cover art and album title.

The Charlie Hunter Trio sounds like the essence of easygoing right from the start as they amble into motion on the opening track “Lady!." Their deceptively casual approach belies ...

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter Trio: Mistico

Read "Mistico" reviewed by Chris May


On Mistico, Charlie Hunter finally, after a couple of near misses, gets in touch with his inner rock guitarist. The disc's immediate predecessors--Copperopolis (Ropeadope, 2006) and Longitude (Thirsty Ear, 2005)--inhabited similarly full-on visceral territory, but here those albums' funk quotients are reduced to practically zero in favor of dirty, confrontational, rock 'n' roll. Nothing on Mistico is on the one. It's all on the two and four. It ain't bad so much as it's nasty.

It's simple, lo-fi ...

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Album Review

Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961

Read "The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961" reviewed by George Kanzler


This 45th anniversary issue of all five June 25, 1961 sets by pianist Bill Evans' trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian is rightly considered the crowning preserved achievement of one of the most influential piano trios in jazz history. This group was the coming out of a new, sensitive, interactive mode, a new ideal of the piano trio as triumvirate. In hindsight, though, Motian still seems more a timekeeper at this juncture than the spacey, open drummer ...


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