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The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and Politics in Cold War America's Nightclub Underground

Read "The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and  Politics in Cold  War  America's Nightclub Underground" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and Politics in Cold War America's Nightclub Underground Stephen R. Duncan 336 Pages ISBN: # 1421426331 John Hopkins University Press 2018 Stephen R. Duncan's The Rebel Café is both a voyage of rediscovery and a forensic re-examination of an important period in American cultural history. In this masterly retelling, an alt-left account of the U.S.A. in the 1950s and early 1960s emerges that calls into question mainstream views ...

Bits and Bytes

Read "Bits and Bytes" reviewed by Mr. P.C.

Dear Mr. P.C.: On the bandstand, in the middle of a tune, is it okay to move your lips while you're counting? --Patient Percussionist Dear PP: Of course—if you don't, you'll sound really strange. Dear Mr. P.C.: I saw someone post on Facebook, just before a gig: “Hurry down—we're selling out!" My question is, are they selling out of seats, or selling out musically?

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The Alex Levin Trio: A Sunday Kind of Love

Read "A Sunday Kind of Love" reviewed by Don Phipps

There is a dinner jazz quality to A Sunday Kind of Love by the Alex Levin Trio. And even though there is no pretense of art here, the infectious happiness of the album would certainly destress anyone who has had a rough day. Pianist Levin composed five of the ten numbers on the album, and he is accompanied by the spry playing of bassist Phil Rowan and drummer Ben Cliness. In addition to originals, the album covers standards. ...

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Jacques Demierre: The Well-Measured Piano

Read "The Well-Measured Piano" reviewed by John Eyles

Pianist Jacques Demierre's 2019 must be judged a success because of the release of Willisau (Jazzwerkstatt, 2019) by his new quartet—alongside trio members Urs Leimgruber and Barre Phillips plus new member Thomas Lehn—as well as his first duo album Incunabulum (Herbal Records, 2019) with Hans Koch. By comparison, his solo recording The Well-Measured Piano rather slipped under the radar—a pity as, in its way, it is as innovative and noteworthy as Willisau and Incunabulum. Recorded between February and July 2017 ...

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Igor Willcox Quartet: Live at The Jazz Room (Canada)

Read "Live at The Jazz Room (Canada)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With his second live release in as many years, Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox continues to display--with equal parts potent suppleness and sheer fusion momentum--the high energy level at the core of his game. Add to that Newton's Third Law--that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction--and you've got a really clear read on what Live at the Jazz Room (Canada) is all about. The quartet—saxophonist Wagner Barbosa, keyboardist/pianist Vini Morales and bassist Glecio Nascimento—ignite the ...

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Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Ruth Brown (pictured), Jessica Molaskey, trombonist Audrey Ochoa, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tina Raymond, among others, plus a ...


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