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2019 Newport Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

This years 2019 Newport Jazz Festival was held at the scenic Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island. Newport Jazz Festival's artistic director Christian McBride put together an impressive line up with a wide range of talent over three days on four stages from August 2nd to the 4th. Legendary NEA Jazz Master Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Kamasi Washington, and Tank and the Bangas, is just a glimpse of the range of musical talent that graced the stages. The ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Doug Hall

Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 2-4, 2019 The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd to 4th, an amazing range of talent was on stage, from debut performances of up and coming artists, to the famed legendary veterans still ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 2-2

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 2-2" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Part 1 | Part 2 Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2018 From the first spongy thwack that bounced off the conga drum, a sticky humidity clung about Narragansett peninsula while the sounds of Herlin Riley's New York Havana Connection oozed from the stage. The set featured numerous pieces from New Directions (Mack Avenue Records, 2016), and saw varying tempo changes and multi-rhythmic cycles spark the synergy ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 1-2

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 1-2" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Part 1 | Part 2 Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 4, 2018 Raw, windswept notes comprised the abstract musical sketches that played beneath a darkening sky to open the 64th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers. With flashing fingers, Reggie Workman raked the strings of an upright bass, strumming chords that sang with percussive aggression. Sharp and biting, single notes rang on Oliver ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2017 The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on the audience for about an hour. Danilo Perez's piano oozed melancholic, broken chords, while Avishai Cohen's trumpet filled loose spaces in the music with ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Newport Jazz Festival 1959

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 1959" reviewed by Marc Davis

The collector asks: When is it OK to say, “I have enough, thanks. I don't need the live version, too." Consider the dilemma of Wolfgang's Vault, a musical treasure trove of old jazz and rock performances. If you've never been there, go now. The site is stunning. It is an enormous collection of long-lost jazz shows, mostly from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. For the fan and collector, it's a must see. But is it also ...

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

Read "Classic! Live at Newport" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's safe to say that many years from now, when the critics and historians have the benefit of distance to help focus their thoughts, many if not most will continue to hail much of saxophonist Joe Lovano's presently-admired body of work on the Blue Note imprint. But what will stand tallest in said discography? Some may continue to laud the bold, rhythmically charged work of his Us Five quintet; others may celebrate his fascinating Trio Fascination outings; and a different ...

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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald

Read "Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties Elijah Wald 368 Pages ISBN: #978-0062366689 Dey Street Books 2014 Critic Elijah Wald might best be termed a critical anthropologist/archeologist of American Music, reexamining what has previously been written, seeking that which has not, and, by widening his net of inquiry, providing a new and broader musical landscape from which to draw previously unconsidered conclusions. Wald is the author ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Newport Jazz

Read "Newport Jazz" reviewed by Nathan Holaway

This article was first published in 2005.The summer seeks scintillating sounds from the jazz sectors. Indeed, it is at this minuscule place that massive talents come together. Who could possibly hypothesize that such a small stretch of land could be the breeding ground for new ideas, the ideal place for musical re-unions, or the pre-destined landmark for one of the greatest comebacks in jazz history. Whether you have actively been in the crowd, heard the crowd on record, ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

Read "Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4" reviewed by Doug Collette

There's a theory a nascent jazzlover could build an estimable collection of the music simply by picking and choosing from the discography of Miles Davis and the various musicians with whom he's collaborated over the years. Likewise, the mercurial alterations of style enacted by the man with the horn reflect the evolution of the music itself, never so vividly captured as this edition of The Bootleg Series. On Vol. 4 At Newport 1955-1975, the ascension of Davis as ...


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