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HISTORY OF JAZZ

Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri

Read "Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

Coming to New England: Emerson, Ives and Brown When trumpeter/composer Leo Smith returned to the United States after having spent 1969-1970 in Europe, he settled not in New York, as most jazz musicians might be expected to do, or even in Chicago, where he'd spent a fruitful several years in the 1960s. Instead, he chose to settle in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven at the time was, as it largely still is, an economically straitened, post-industrial college town--on ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Luft: Life Is The Dancer

Read "Life Is The Dancer" reviewed by Chris May

British guitarist Rob Luft's debut album, Riser (Edition, 2017), was greeted with huge acclaim. Some observers likened his arrival to the emergence of Wes Montgomery or Pat Metheny. The music world is used to hyperbole, but for once the praise is justified. For anyone yet to hear Luft, a useful yardstick is the pianist Bill Evans: Luft conjures up degrees of seraphic beauty akin to those created by Evans during his purple period with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul ...

BOOK EXCERPTS

Land of the Black Squirrels

Read "Land of the Black Squirrels" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Land of the Black Squirrels Mwalim 266 Pages Thirty-three Enterprises 2020 In these days of pandemic pressure, it's increasingly obvious that books are a very effective method of dealing with self-isolation symptoms like boredom, frustration or depression. The smoothly-paced Land of the Black Squirrels (Thirty-three Pages, 2020) provides fictional urban scenarios centered by characters in the music and arts industry, including numerous jazz-based references. This is the first installment of a “Bronx ...

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Przemyslaw Straczek: Fig Tree

Read "Fig Tree" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Some jazz guitarists try to bring a fresh perspective to their craft via a crowd of effects pedals. Others incorporate influences of modern popular music in order to create something new. In some cases they'll do both. On his sixth album as a leader, the Polish guitarist Przemyslaw Straczek more or less chooses to stay within the conventions of sound and composition but puts a unique spin on things through his own melancholic tone. Prudence and patience characterize ...

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Albert Ayler Trio: 1964: Prophecy Revisited

Read "1964: Prophecy Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Albert Ayler is often quoted as saying “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost," referring to John Coltrane, “Pharoah Sanders," and himself. It might be better said that Ayler was John The Baptist, the musical prophet that proclaimed the coming of free jazz. Like many a prophet, his end was agonizing. Ayler drowned in the East River in 1970, after a very brief eight year recording career. Coltrane knew then what many ...

RADIO

The Soul Jazz Organ of Jimmy Smith, Baby Face Willette, Shirley Scott (1957 - 1965)

Read "The Soul Jazz Organ of Jimmy Smith, Baby Face Willette, Shirley Scott (1957 - 1965)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Rarely has a jazz instrument been so completely redefined as the organ was at the hands of Jimmy Smith. In his wake, the Hammond B3 organ gained wide-spread popularity and attracted a suite of talented adherents. B3 players Jimmy Smith, Baby Face Willette and Shirley Scott in this hour of Jazz at 100 as we continue to explore Soul Jazz in the 1960s. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Jimmy Smith Trio “After Hours" from Groovin' at Smalls' Paradise (Blue ...

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Carsten Meinert: C.M. Musictrain

Read "C.M. Musictrain" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Collectors of rare Danish jazz are in much better position in 2020 than they once were. Little labels like Centrifuga and Frederiksberg Records are dedicated to digging out lost pearls and the big Danish jazz labels are following suit. Not long ago, Storyville brought the classic album Sentiments (Storyville, 1972) by saxophonist Sahib Shihab back into circulation and now Stunt Records has reissued an ultra-rare album of modern Danish jazz that will whet the appetite of even the most seasoned ...


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