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Donald Byrd: Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Nelle note di copertina, Don Was, presidente della Blue Note, celebra questa pubblicazione inedita del concerto di Montreux di Donald Byrd del 1973 con toni di grande rispetto ed entusiasmo. E il trombettista (scomparso nel 2013) se lo merita, sia per un certo distacco critico che ne ha sempre contraddistinto l'opera, sia per il ruolo di scouter ed educatore che Byrd ha giocato in quegli anni, quando molti jazzmen hanno preferito trasformare un linguaggio ancora legato ai fasti dell'hard bop ...

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Liner Notes

Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk

Read "Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk" reviewed by Ken Dryden


There are numerous examples of talented American jazz musicians who had long careers but were overlooked by critics, broadcasters and much of the jazz audience, often because they spent decades as full time jazz educators, which limited their opportunities to tour in support of their recordings. Nathan Davis, primarily known as a tenor and soprano saxophonist, though he was also a fine flautist and clarinetist, falls into that category, though part of the reason he is lesser known is that ...

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Album Review

Donald Byrd: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux

Read "Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Almost fifty years after the event, Donald Byrd's 1973 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival finally sees the light of day. Several other artists on Blue Note's roster had performances released--in more timely manner--from the same edition of Claude Nobs festival, including Ronnie Foster, Bobbi Humphrey, Bobby Hutcherson and Marlena Shaw. In no small part, thanks for this posthumous Byrd release is due to the French-born, London-based DJ and label owner Gilles Peterson, who contacted Blue Note regarding the whereabouts ...

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Album Review

Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Peter Jones


What a treat it must have been in 1973 to attend the Montreux Jazz Festival: the featured artists that year included Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Sam Rivers, Bobbi Humphrey, Dr John, Marlena Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson... and Donald Byrd with his Tentet, whose July 5 performance is captured on this album. It was also the year of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters (Columbia Records) album, not to mention several Blaxploitation movie soundtracks, including J.J. Johnson's for Cleopatra Jones and ...

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Album Review

Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With the release of his chart-topping, funk-fueled Black Byrd in 1973, Donald Byrd found himself in a volatile place in jazz circles. He was being hailed as having finally stepped out of Miles Davis' considerable shadow, while simultaneously many found the album to be Byrd's selling out his bop legacy for chart success. As most defining artistic moments reveal, a little of both were true. Produced and arranged by the brothers Fonce Mizelland Larry Mizell, Black Byrd incorporated ...

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Extended Analysis

Nathan Davis: The Best of Nathan Davis '65-'76

Read "Nathan Davis: The Best of Nathan Davis '65-'76" reviewed by Clifford Allen


Nathan Davis The Best of Nathan Davis '65-'76 Jazzman 2009

The concept of a “Best Of" album seems like it should be set aside for those musicians who have entered the popular consciousness to the degree that a sampler disc would be an easy sell. In jazz, canonical artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, saxophonist John Coltrane, bandleader Duke Ellington and pianist Thelonious Monk have seen the “Best Of" and “Greatest Hits" treatment ...

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Album Review

Ha-Yang Kim: Ama

Read "Ama" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Che fosse un momento particolarmente felice per violoncelli e violoncellisti ce n’eravamo già accorti. È da un bel pezzo che i vari Fred Lonberg-Holm, Erik Friedlander, Tomas Ulrich e Daniel Levin, solo per citarne alcuni, tengono desta l’attenzione di chi osserva gli imperscrutabili cieli della galassia impro contemporanea. Eppure, lo ammettiamo, nel novero degli adepti al culto del fratellino del contrabbasso il nome di Ha-Yang Kim ci mancava. Poco male, perchè d’ora in poi non dimenticheremo certo di menzionarla, consigliarne ...


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