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ALBUM REVIEW

Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Hi-Fly

Read "Hi-Fly" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2020, the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble from the US capital marked its forty-fifth anniversary. Since its inception in 1975, the ensemble has had only one director, Fred Irby III, its founder and guiding force for lo these many years. One year after organizing the group, Irby assembled its members for a visit to a nearby recording studio, an annual practice that has continued uninterrupted every year since then. Why only one director? Listen to the ensemble's 2019 narrative, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Michael O'Neill Quartet: And Then It Rained

Read "And Then It Rained" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

San Francisco area-based reedman Michael O'Neill, noted most prominently for his work with vocalist Kenny Washington, takes his artistry on a new tangent with And Then It Rained. The set features a top-tier Bay Area quartet which digs deep into a set of O'Neill originals. Recording-wise, this is new territory for O'Neill, who, in addition to his work with Washington and singer Tony Lindsay, writes music for corporate and industrial films, documentaries and television. Early in his career, ...

BOOK REVIEW

Anton Corbijn: Mood/Mode

Read "Anton Corbijn: Mood/Mode" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Mode/Mood Anton Corbijn 240 Pages ISBN: 9463887377 Cannibal Publishing 2020 In a career that spans four plus decades, photographer and film director Anton Corbijn became one of the best-known names in music photography. He was behind the lens of some of the most iconic music images of all time. With his work gracing the front covers of some of the popular albums (such as The Joshua Tree (Island, 1987) and All That You ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Moderation is a virtue which pervades You're It!, a date co-led by drummer Mike Melito and pianist Dino Losito. It is a pleasure--and a relief—to hear a bop-influenced recording in which jazzmen (three in their middle years and one octogenarian) transcend influences and forge their own standards of performance. The record is impressive in part because of an absence of frenzied, inelegantly swinging tempos, individuals clamoring for attention, and the vociferous sound of competing egos. Rather than peddling artificial excitement ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Allman Brothers Band: The Final Note - Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71

Read "The Final Note - Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The obvious significance of The Final Note -Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71 is evident in the title. This was the last performance by guitarist and Allman Brothers Band founder Duane Allman before his motorcycle-related death 12 days later. An audience recording made on a 60- minute cassette tape by radio music journalist Sam Idas, the performance sounds exactly like that, an audience live recording, probably like the myriad of similar recordings made of the Grateful Dead by ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Lang Lang - Bach: Goldberg Variations

Read "Lang Lang - Bach: Goldberg Variations" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chinese pianist Lang Lang went from being just one more fresh-faced and precocious teenaged phenomenon twenty years ago with his debut recording on Telarc, Lang Lang (2001), featuring the heady combination of Haydn, Rachmaninov, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, to the leading Deutsche Grammophon firebrand releasing his first recording of a major, integrated, and complete composition, Bach's Goldberg Variations. This is not to say that Lang Lang has not previously made serious recordings, but those individual recordings lack an integrated thoroughness of ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued

Read "Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued" reviewed by Chris May

Practically unobtainable since their release by RCA Italy in 1972, the ten albums which make up Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'Immaginazione are being reissued by Dialogo on October 30 2020. The new release plugs a chasm in the availability of classic-era library music, which at its best is an art form worthy of serious attention. It does not get more fascinating than on Dimensioni Sonore, which is regarded as the Holy Grail of ...


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