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Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 1—A Closer Walk With Thee

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Part 1 | Part 2 What is jazz? Beacon of the oppressed; music of jny: New Orleans bordellos; popular dance music; revolutionary music; high-art music with an established cannon; progressive music that absorbs and grows; hermetic traditional music... Jazz has always meant different things to different people. Even the term 'jazz' is political and contentious. Black American Music, or borderless music of the world? The most democratic form of music, or a club that is stubbornly ...

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Your Favorite Legacy Jazz Saxophonists

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Member votes were tabulated and this list represents our favorite legacy jazz saxophonists. Fully transparent and easily verifiable, All About Jazz's legacy saxophonists poll was conducted during the 2023-2024 calendar year up and ran up through March 28, 2024. We would like to thank every member who participated in creating this impressive list (164 total!) for the next generation of jazz enthusiasts to discover. 1John Coltrane2Wayne Shorter3Charlie Parker4Cannonball Adderley5Stan Getz6Dexter Gordon7Paul Desmond8Lester Young9Joe Henderson10Sonny Stitt11Coleman Hawkins12Art Pepper13Ben Webster14Michael ...

Album Review

Miles Davis / John Coltrane: Live at the Washateria

Read "Live at the Washateria" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Urban legend has it that in 1957 Miles Davis charged up to a frightened woman at the Washateria Laundromat on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 25th Street. He bellowed, “How long does this (expletive) dryer take to dry a pair of socks?" Before the terrified patron could answer, Davis spied John Coltrane in row two, washing his reeds on the delicate cycle. In another corner, Cannonball Adderley was growing impatient with a set of fitted sheets on the folding ...

Book Review

Coltrane, il frastornante riflesso dell’universo

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John Coltrane--Tranesonic o il riflesso dell'universo Aldo Gianolio e Piercarlo Poggio 129 pagine Tuttle Edizioni 2024 Bisogna ammettere che negli ultimi anni l'offerta editoriale italiana di argomento jazzistico è tutt'altro che avara di proposte. Merito del lavoro lodevolissimo e disinteressato di tante case editrici, per lo più piccole e amatoriali ma non solo, che con grande motivazione propongono libri sui personaggi e sui temi più disparati: da Gato Barbieri a Abbey Lincoln, da Paul ...

Album Review

Thelonious Monk: With John Coltrane 1957 Revisited

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Once again, the ezz-thetics label has taken some of the finest artefacts of mid-twentieth-century US jazz and sonically restored them, bringing an unprecedented level of clarity, precision and presence. It is no exaggeration to say that the Swiss-based label's work can be compared with the restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during the 1980s, both in terms of the quality of the original material and the artistry with which the renovation has been executed. The ...

Album Review

Miles Davis: 2nd Session 1956 Revisited

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The Miles Davis Quintet's 2nd Session 1956 Revisited revitalizes the iconic recordings from a pivotal year in jazz history. These original sessions, featuring Davis alongside luminaries like John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, stand as timeless classics that have indelibly shaped the course of jazz.This revisited edition captures the very essence and vitality of those legendary sessions while infusing them with a fresh perspective. The music's hallmark traits--the melodic sophistication and improvisational brilliance--are expertly ...

Jazz Fiction

Holiday Notes Across A Hallway

Read "Holiday Notes Across A Hallway" reviewed by Arthur R George

A knock on the door of Augie Cannataro's apartment. He peered through the security window to see the single mother from across the hall. They had always nodded politely at each other when passing in the lobby or hallway. He was respectful but didn't want to approach an involvement in whatever her life was with her son, who Cannataro had also seen in passing and had heard through the walls of their apartments making painful attempts at saxophone practice.


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