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Cursing, Gambling, Drinking and Smoking

Read "Cursing, Gambling, Drinking and Smoking" reviewed by Mr. P.C.

CursingDear Mr. P.C.: Sometimes when a jazz musician is soloing, I hear him groan or even curse when he hits a bad note. But I never hear any squeals of joy from musicians when they play something they like. Why all the negativity? —Pollyanna in Pittsburgh Dear Polly: That groan or curse you hear is actually an important form of messaging within the band. When a player hits a bad note, his ...


Remembering Lester Bowie

Read "Remembering Lester Bowie" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 1999. Lester Bowie played several concerts and made one so far un-issued recording in the late 1990's with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio plus poetess Ntozake Shange. The evening of grooves, improvisation and poetry came to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in September 1998 and played the Urban Institute For Contemporary Arts. 200 attended. The artists drew upwards of 500 in jny: Chicago and jny: Philadelphia ...


Mike Jones: All By Myself

Read "All By Myself" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While jazz is a social music through and through, solitude has always spurred creation too. And in the age of COVID-19, when safety often stands in the way of musical gatherings, solo efforts seem to be the way to go. For pianist Mike Jones, the idea of playing solo piano is far from a stretch. Jones first drew serious attention for his Dave McKenna-inspired, “three-handed" feats on a series of solo efforts for the Chiaroscuro label starting ...


Kelvin Sholar Trio: Rites of Fire

Read "Rites of Fire" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A syncretic symphony, Kelvin Sholar's Rites of Fire is the product of 15 years of meditation on the history and esoteric mechanisms of musical expression. The richly satisfying album is unbounded by anything other than Sholar's relentless commitment to self-discovery. Sholar's own resurrection from clinical death to artistic and spiritual rebirth is embedded in the core of the multi-movement composition, which neither defies nor accepts conventional barriers. The piece flows from a space of integration, merging a complex network of ...


New Albums With Great Guitarists

Read "New Albums With Great Guitarists" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature fantastic new albums from bands featuring great guitarists. There is also a round-up of some of the end of year releases in 2020, including an amazing live recording by Tim Berne's Science Friction band from 2003, and new music from the ears&eyes label. Playlist Gabriel Vicéns “The Way We Are Created" from The Way We Are Created (Inner Circle Music) 00:00 Derupeto “Vanessa" from Derupeto (Nobelrecords) 10:18 Mach 6 “Si Annida" from Take ...


Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It goes without saying that 2020, year one of the global pandemic, was oppressive and overwhelming at times. Nearly everyone in their individual isolation came to recognize what has been lost and, hopefully, identify the resilience of the human spirit. One could argue the hardest hit were musicians, where touring and performing for an audience, and even recording opportunities were unavailable. But there is always hope, and that resilience cannot be suppressed. Exhibit #1 is (pentimento) by Chicago improvising artist ...


Walter White: BB XL

Read "BB XL" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Born in a musical family near Detroit and classically trained at Juilliard, trumpet and flugelhorn player Walter White keeps a hectic schedule as leader of Atlantic Bridge, the Walter White Jazz Quartet, Walter White & Small Medium @ Large, and of the fusion ensemble IFUNU; as a member of the Beige Trio; and as lead trumpet for the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra directed by David Matthews. White has also served as Virtual Guest Artist-In-Residence for the Rutgers University Jazz Program directed ...


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