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Does Jazz History Weigh Too Heavily on Today’s Practitioners?

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It is no outlandish claim to say that jazz is obsessed with its past--just look at the number of tribute albums, songs and concerts inspired by the music's forbearers, or at the never-ending stream of historical reissues. For many jazz musicians, navigating jazz means honoring the music's “ancestors" and playing “in the tradition." Jazz education programs generally look to the past to instruct their students. Reviewers of albums by contemporary jazz musicians, almost without exception, make ...


Your Favorite Jazz Trombonists

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Member votes were tabulated and this list represents our favorite jazz trombonists. Fully transparent and easily verifiable, All About Jazz's favorite trombonists poll was conducted during the 2023-2024 calendar year and ran up through April 23, 2024. We want to thank every member who participated in creating this impressive list (100 total!) for the next generation of jazz enthusiasts to discover. 1J.J. Johnson2Bill Watrous3Curtis Fuller4Steve Turre5Bob Brookmeyer6Kai Winding7Slide Hampton8Trombone Shorty9Frank Rosolino10Tommy Dorsey11Grachan Moncur III12Ray Anderson13Julian Priester14Roswell Rudd15Robin Eubanks16Jimmy ...


Shabaka Hutchings: Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... Since signing with with Impulse! in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors. Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace marks the start of a gentler, more instrospective phase in his music making. The trigger came during the pandemic, when Hutchings fell in love with the Japanese shakuhachi flute. The quietly spoken instrument first edged itself ...


Tom Kennedy: New Start

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When thinking of bassist Tom Kennedy, it can be instinctive to think of drummer Dave Weckl. Or vice versa. The two became friends and musical colleagues in their early teens. That is roughly a half century of playing, recording, touring, and much more together. Kennedy is known around the world as a premier, elite jazz and fusion electric bassist. Weckl has the same notoriety and brilliant skill set behind his drum kit. One could go on at length about their ...

Quinsin Nachoff, Jimmy Smith, and Wadada Leo Smith

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This episode features some exploratory music from Quinsin Nachoff and Trevor Dunn, organ jazz from Jimmy Smith and Sigurdur Flosason, and electric jazz-rock wanderings from Wadada Leo Smith. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Mose Allison “Children of the Future" from The Earth Wants You (Blue Note) 00:51 Kelly Green Trio “Daily Lies" from Volume One (KG Music) 4:13 ...


Cuareim Quartet: A Jazz Story

Read "A Jazz Story" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Cuareim Quartet's third album, “A Jazz Story," serves as a captivating journey through the rich legacy of jazz music, full of contemporary flair and poetic depth. On this record, the Cuareim Quartet embarks on a captivating musical journey through the annals of jazz history, offering listeners a rich and immersive experience that spans genres, eras, and emotions. As their third release, this album marks a significant milestone in the quartet's musical exploration, showcasing their profound understanding and appreciation of the ...


What Is Your Favorite Jazz Interpretation Of The Beatles?

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When The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964, they were greeted by around three thousand fans. Two days later, when The Fab Four performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, the television audience topped 70 million. Popular music was never the same again. It was not long before jazz musicians followed the lead of countless pop acts in covering The Beatles' songs. The list is an incredibly long one and, some sixty years later, ...


Hakon Skogstad: 8 Concepts of Tango

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Any time an instrumental group includes a bandoneon in the lineup, that provides a pretty good idea as to where its sentiments lie. Norwegian-born pianist Hakon Skogstad includes not one but two bandoneons in his octet, and as if that were not enough in the way of a definitive clue, has named his latest album 8 Concepts of Tango. Skogstad, to state the obvious, is wedded to the tango, a conclusion to which his half-dozen earlier albums ...

Claudio Fasoli & Antonio Faraò Duo at Milestone Piacenza

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A collection of photos from the Claudio Fasoli & Antonio Faraò Duo concert at Milestone in Piacenza on April 13, 2024 featuring Claudio Fasoli, and Antonio Faraò. ...


Christian Marien Quartett: How Long Is Now

Read "How Long Is Now" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Drummer Christian Marien represents the kind of omnivorous musical sensibility that is so valuable in an age in which conventional musical categories seem increasingly irrelevant. His undeniable reverence for the jazz tradition is evident through his work with I Am Three, in which he has teamed with saxophonist Silke Eberhard and trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser to offer marvelous re-interpretations of Charles Mingus, both on Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Leo Records, 2016) and, joined by vocalist Maggie Nicols, Mingus' Sounds of Love (Leo ...

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