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Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer

Read "Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Newly discovered tapes of Miles Davis from 1969 are set for release this summer. The unlikely tapes are from an informal jam session at the home of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. This was a transitional period for Davis, who in Sept. of 1968 had married 23 year old Betty Mabry, a model/singer/songwriter and prominent counter-culture figure in New York City. She immersed Davis in the popular music of the day, and introduced him to musicians such as Jimi ...

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Sinatra In Vegas With Sun Ra Discovery

Read "Sinatra In Vegas With Sun Ra Discovery" reviewed by Arthur R George


Atomic! Sun Ra and Frank Sinatra at The Sands, a previously unknown 1966 recording of the Intergalactic Navigator onstage with The Chairman of the Board, was released today in a joint venture by Blue Note and Mobile Fidelity. “We didn't know if it was real when we first found these recordings. Had we been had? Or did we have what we thought we had? Was it really what it was?," Don Was, president of Blue Note, wondered about his first ...

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Album Review

Bill Evans: After Hours

Read "After Hours" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Bill Evans was strictly known as a pianist, though he studied flute throughout college, yet he claimed to have “no chops on the instrument." His only previously known vocal was recorded on a lark at the conclusion of a Monica Zetterlund recording session for Philips, consisting of a playful, hip take of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," which was never intended for release, but it finally appeared in The Complete Verve Recordings of Bill Evans boxed set in 1997. ...

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Album Review

"Grandpa" Al Lewis: Sings Swing Street Favorites

Read "Sings Swing Street Favorites" reviewed by Ken Dryden


"Grandpa" Al Lewis is best remembered for his sitcom roles in Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, though the vaudeville veteran had a number of different careers in addition to television and comedy. He earned a doctorate in child psychology, wrote children's books, taught school and was a circus performer as well.But another interest was revealed when he was a guest host for the Jazz Journalist Association Awards at B.B. King's. Just before I took my ...

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Album Review

Bruce Springsteen: Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz

Read "Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Bruce Springsteen is nothing short of a rock legend, but his talent isn't limited solely to “three chords and the truth." During his career, Springsteen has managed to break away and explore different styles. Take, for example, his 1982 album, Nebraska (Columbia), which was something of a departure into the folk music world. Although he continued to record more folk-inspired albums, many of his fans are unaware of his interest in jazz. This should change, however, with the release of ...

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Album Review

Nixon Mohohlo & The Collective Heads of Knuckle: The Queen of Complaints

Read "The Queen of Complaints" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


For good or bad, drummer Nixon Mohohlo has worn his heart on his sleeve for most of his musical career. Following a brief experience with monastic silence he recorded an album-length version of John Cage's “4'33." It met with outrage and was pulled from the market. In 1999, he recruited Dutch percussionist Horst Van Clutter for an ineffective all-percussion tribute to violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Undeterred by wide-ranging failures, the conceptual drummer had an unconventional idea for which he gathered like-minded ...

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Album Review

Whatitdo Archive Group: The Black Stone Affair

Read "The Black Stone Affair" reviewed by Chris May


Great music recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, never previously released and thought to be lost forever, continues to be unearthed. In 2018, there was John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!). In 2019, there was Miles Davis' Rubberband (Warner Bros). Now, in 2021, comes another historic discovery: the long-lost soundtrack of visionary Italian film director Stefano Paradisi's masterpiece, The Black Stone Affair. An adventure-western-noir starring Sophia Guccio, Bruno Serafini and Luigi Nicolosi, and introducing Paradisi's personal ...


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