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Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

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A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, Jenny Scheinman, Dave Douglas, and dozens of other top musicians. Royston's association with Douglas led to his first leader album, 303 (Greenleaf Music, 2014) ...


Jazz Uncorked

Wines of the Southern Rhone

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The Rhone river brings its alpine waters from Switzerland through the southern half of France and dumps out into the Mediterranean by the charming town of Arles. The whole Rhone region is lovely, but if we're talking wine one must distinguish between the north and south. From Lyon down to the town of Valence the Syrah grape is the star, with rich whites of Marsanne and Viognier playing supporting roles. However immediately to the south things open up, ...


Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

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The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or another, have only found niche audiences. Some of the artists are well known, others less so. They are Alessandro Meroli (pictured), George Coleman, Svein ...


Live Review

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, UK April 27-May 2, 2022 A prosperous Eighteenth Century spa town in the Cotswolds, chic Cheltenham is famed for its annual festivals, which now cover everything from horse racing to science. Taking place over six days leading up to the early May bank holiday weekend, its jazz festival is arguably the UK's biggest, outside London's gargantuan November shindig. Covid put paid to 2020 and 2021's in-person gigs, so it wasn't surprising that ...



Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse

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After years playing in different bands and drawing widespread praise for her lyricism and rhythmic agility, double bassist Ilaria Capalbo has stepped up to front her own project. The Neapolitan's debut album, Karthago (Bluenord Records, 2022), is a remarkable statement of intent. Inspired by the ancient Mediterranean city of Carthage and its near-mythical figurehead, queen Alyssia, Capalbo harnesses duo, quintet and septet in a suite that is powerfully alluring. The rise and fall of Carthage may seem like ...


Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

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Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the jny: Denver guitarist, AAJ invited Bill Frisell to kick off the series. What follows is an extract, largely unedited, of a conversation ...


Multiple Reviews

Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?

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The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's Revisited strand of reissues is a jazz connoisseur's dream. The label identifies outstanding albums of the 1960s, sets one of its gifted audio engineers to mastering them and makes them newly available. Earlier editions of many of these albums are hard to find and the sound on all of them is substantially improved by the mastering process—on occasion, the improvement is so marked it is almost like hearing an album for the first time. Recent releases ...


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