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De Bass

Read "De Bass" reviewed by Mr. P.C.

Dear Mr. P.C.: When a pianist and bassist argue over chord changes, who's usually right? —Believing Either Bass Or Piano Dear BEBOP: Does it matter? It's purely ritualistic behavior, as inborn and inescapable as bucks tangling antlers in the spring. But the feuding still establishes dominance, and that has far-reaching effects: When the rhythm section gets lost, the submissive will take the blame even if it's clearly the dominant's fault. ...

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Thana Alexa: ONA

Read "ONA" reviewed by Doug Collette

A departure from Thana Alexa's first album Ode to Heroes (Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village, 2015), ONA is also rooted in jazz, but it showcases Alexa's use of her voice as both a lyrical and experimental instrument. Commencing immediately on the title tune, this mostly original material features arrangements in various combinations of atmospheric, electronic soundscapes and exotic instrumental textures, complementing a voice which enchants as often through its feather-light air as its full-throated tones. Co-produced with master drummer Antonio Sanchez—with whom ...

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Mason Razavi & Bennett Roth-Newell: After You

Read "After You" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Guitarist Mason Razavi and pianist Bennett Roth-Newell place years of collaborative experience under the microscope in this studio album. The performances, as wide-ranging as they are intimate, comprise a generous handful of original dough with a few familiar tunes thrown in for leavening. In the latter vein, we are treated to three slices of optimism, starting with Clifford Brown's “Joy Spring." In addition to setting the tone for a set of sometimes-whimsical crosstalk, it showcases the duo's ability to unravel ...

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Glastonbury 50

Read "Glastonbury 50" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Glastonbury 50 Michael Eavis & Emily Eavis 304 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4091-8393-8 Trapeze 2019 Published in time for Christmas 2019, Glastonbury 50 was intended as part of the build up to the legendary festival's 50th anniversary in 2020. That was before COVID-19 changed everything. Glastonbury 2020 was cancelled, with the official 50th anniversary celebrations postponed until 2021. For those pining for Glastonbury in this enforced fallow year, this book should provide more than a ...

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Jazz at 100 Hour 81: Soul Jazz of Saxophonists (Donaldson, Newman, Turrentine) and Pianists (Hancock, Lewis, McCann) (1958 - 1969)

Read "Jazz at 100 Hour 81: Soul Jazz of Saxophonists (Donaldson, Newman, Turrentine) and Pianists (Hancock, Lewis, McCann)  (1958 - 1969)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Soul Jazz developed in the late 1950s and become a staple of ghetto jukeboxes. Its catchy lines, heavy beat and blues-influenced phasing became a popular alternative to other jazz forms evolving in the 1960s. In addition to the guitar and organ led ensembles that have been featured in the previous two hours of Jazz at 100, a number of saxophonists and pianists became best-selling soul jazz stars. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Lou Donaldson Quintet. “Blues Walk" from Blues ...

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March Birthdays

Read "March Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

March birthdays this week on G&M! And some big ones too! Celebrating 90th birthdays: Ornette Coleman, Blue Mitchell and Tommy Flanagan. Celebrating 80th birthdays: Al Jarreau as well as Lew Tabackin, Ralph Towner and Astrud Gilberto} (the latter 3 still with us). Also, among the living, {{m: Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jessica Williams and Ralph Alessi. And, wherever you are: Michael Brecker, Mark Murphy and Sarah Vaughan. If you're hunkered down for the duration, remember we have over 50 shows of G&M ...

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Allman Brothers Band: Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection

Read "Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection" reviewed by Doug Collette

The gold-embossed lettering on the front and back cover of the roughly 5" by 7" slipcase enclosing the Allman Brothers Band's box set Trouble No More belies its otherwise generic art work. Yet the graphic design isn't all that gives the lie to an otherwise positive first impression gleaned from 50th Anniversary Collection. A glance at the sixty-one tune track-listing plus a cursory perusal of Kirk West's stellar photos inside the eighty-eight page booklet are also somewhat deceiving: while this ...


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