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Cannonball: A Man of the People

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This interview was conducted at Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1971 and was originally published in an arts newspaper called Transition. Julian Cannonball Adderley was only three when he began to dig jazz and his hunger for his music is yet to be satiated. The first music he remembers hearing was in church. His mother was the organist of an Episcopal church. This church background has had a profound effect on his playing. His father played ...

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Rich Halley with Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio and Newman Taylor Baker: Terra Incognita

Read "Terra Incognita" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Rich Halley's leader debut Multnomah Rhythms (Avocet, 1983) featured a large ensemble, a formation that the saxophonist favored for the better part of two decades. When he pared back personnel, he was equally committed to his quartet, recording six albums with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and son, Carson Halley on drums. The Outlier (Pine Eagle, 2016) expanded the quartet to a quintet with the addition of Vinny Golia on baritone sax and bass clarinet. The saxophonist downsized further, ...

PROFILES

Jazzmobile partners with Minton's Playhouse for synergy of jazz in Harlem, NYC

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A synergy in jazz can mean that band members compliment and combine with one another for a greater result. That same concept applies to an exciting summer announcement that kicks-off a new partnership between two renowned and heralded jazz organizations, Jazzmobile and Harlem Jazz Enterprises will team-up with the iconic Minton's Playhouse jazz club, to present live music at this storied venue, in Harlem, jny: New York City. This dynamic partnership will create an open-ended residency at Minton's Playhouse jazz ...

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Ebi Soda: Bedroom Tapes

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The closing minutes of Ebi Soda's Bedroom Tapes perfectly demonstrate the album's strengths and weaknesses. “Daughter of Doris" opens with an invigorating mix of bustling rhythms, powerful piano chords and an earworm trumpet melody, all layered over soft, electric guitars. Gradually, the song loses momentum as its lack of any impressive performances or compositional shifts leave the track feeling woefully incomplete. This lack of fulfillment will most likely become familiar during repeated listens to Ebi Soda's debut album. This Brighton ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Phil Keaggy at Mount Hermon

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Phil Keaggy Conference Center Summer Concerts 2019 Mount Hermon, CA July 13, 2019 During a performance of his song “Mercy," from his 2016 album All At Once, Phil Keaggy shouted to the audience, “Put those hands together!" Hundreds of people clapped in unison while he played an expressive solo over layers of looped acoustic chords. At the solo's climax, he silenced all of the loops except for one acoustic phrase, which he triggered slightly ...

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Evan Parker / Paul G. Smyth: Calenture and Light Leaks

Read "Calenture and Light Leaks" reviewed by Don Phipps

The live collaboration of the remarkable English tenor saxophonist Evan Parker and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth on their album Calenture and Light Leaks is like listening to the piano impressions of Debussy while exploring a gallery of Picassos--pure bliss in action. There is an airy quality to the abstractions here, like playful sunbeams streaming through a window's light. Parker's playing flows--whether blowing cool legatos or stuttering rapidly on snappy runs across the saxophone's registers. His playing feels ...

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Anne Mette Iversen: Invincible Nimbus

Read "Invincible Nimbus" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Given the sometimes Euro-chamber sounding approach to Denmark's Berlin-based bassist/composer Anne Mette Iversen's thoroughly interactive music, when she wants to have some fun, the music moves more to the freedom swing of Charles Mingus and the rhythmic conjurings of Dave Holland. This is heard most enjoyably on her dynamic second disc, Invincible Nimbus. Mingus walks in early on the lead-off, “Polychromatic Pictures," a twisting, tempo-defying runaround of high register solos bursting from the inventive teaming of trombonist Geoffroy ...

RADIO

Greg Abate, Al Foster and more

Read "Greg Abate, Al Foster and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with the talented LA-based piano and composer Kait Dunton spinning her title track off Planet D'Earth. From there, we get into her influence, Diana Krall, some new Al Foster and a live cut from Greg Abate. We move on focusing on Jaelem Bhate and Georgia Webe. And in between it all, some Wes Montgomery, Gordon Goodwin and Dexter Gordon. In honor of Summer, we take it all out with a jazzy ending from The Sandlot.

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Rich Willey's Boptism Big Band: Down & Dirty

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What's in a name? While that maxim remains a matter for debate, don't let this particular name mislead you. In the parlance of trumpeter Rich Willey's Los Angeles-based Boptism Big Band, Down & Dirty translates into well-scrubbed & swinging. There's really no better way to describe the performance of eleven of Willey's wide-ranging compositions and one standard ("Old Folks") by an ensemble comprising many of southern California's foremost jazz musicians who not only master but amplify superlative charts by Gordon ...

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Kenneth Jimenez: Sublunary Minds

Read "Sublunary Minds" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he is a relative newcomer as a bassist and composer, Kenneth Jimenez keeps some pretty distinguished company. One of his current projects, Sonnet to Silence, marshals the talents of some avant-garde heavy hitters, pianist Angelica Sanchez, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Hery Paz. His partners on Sublunary Minds, his second disc as leader, aren't quite as well-known, although Miami-based pianist Jim Gasior and drummer John Yarling are ideally suited to Jimenez's well-constructed compositions—pieces that find a congenial equilibrium between ...

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Whit Dickey/Tao Quartets: Peace Planet & Box of Light

Read "Peace Planet & Box of Light" reviewed by Don Phipps

Shimmering contrasts and flights of fancy await the listener of these fine sets of free playing put together by primary composer and drummer extraordinaire Whit Dickey. Available as a double album, Dickey's Tao Quartets' Peace Planet & Box of Light is really two separate albums. One, (Peace Planet ), features a quartet of Dickey, Matthew Shipp on piano, Rob Brown on alto saxophone, and William Parker on bass. The other, (Box of Light ), replaces Shipp's piano with Steve Swell's ...

RADIO

This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

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The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some famous jazz Fathers and their children, along with a look at who played in town that week. Playlist Sue Maskaleris “The Big ...


Emmanuel

From Without You; a collection of 11 classic pop and jazz standards.

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