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Jazz Articles

INTERVIEWS

Marina Albero: The Sweetness of the Edge

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Marina Albero burst onto the Seattle jazz scene in April of 2014, playing a brilliant set on vibraphone in a duo with flamenco jazz master, pianist Chano Dominguez. That evening we were not only introduced to her music, but to our new neighbor, as she was moving her family to Seattle from jny: Barcelona. Since that time she has energized the scene with her quartet, and in duo and solo piano performance. Her style reflects her musical journey that began ...

INTERVIEWS

Rudy Van Gelder

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This interview was originally published in June 1999.For many decades now, the name Rudy Van Gelder has been synonymous with recorded jazz music. The number of sessions he's done over the years easily numbers in the tens of thousands. He's been actively involved in the recording work of such quintessential jazz labels as Prestige, Impulse, Verve, CTI, and of course, Blue Note. In more recent times, Van Gelder has cut sessions for Highnote, Milestone, Reservoir, Venus, and N2K, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kevin Brady: Ensam

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The trans-Atlantic trio of drummer/composer Kevin Brady, Bill Carrothers and Dave Redmond first came together in 2006, since when it has toured more frequently than it's recorded. Ensam (LRP Music, 2016), the group's third outing, following Common Ground (The Livingroom Project, 2007) and Zeitgeist (Fresh Sounds, New Talent, 2009), is an intimate three-way dialogue, with veteran English singer Norma Winstone adding lustre to several tracks. Brady--who penned all the original tunes--leaves an abundance of room for his colleagues to explore ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Kapp / Matthew Shipp: Cactus

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After a productive period in the 1960s, drummer Bobby Kapp revived his career at the start of the millennium. Among his latter projects was The Fine Wine Trio with pianist Richard Wyands and bassist Gene Perla. The group was commissioned by the US State Department to tour Africa and Jordan as “Jazz Ambassadors." That music, being decidedly mainstream, did not reflect Kapp's free jazz affinity having played with the likes Archie Shepp and much more recently with alto saxophonist Noah ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions

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Early Wayne has many things going for it: it is a well recorded, live concert; pianist Denny Zeitlin, who has been recording for over fifty years, is masterful to the point of completely taking over the listening space, and, last but not least, the material used as the base for his improvisation is a set of ten Wayne Shorter tunes, mostly from the mid-60s.The list of tunes, and the albums from which they come is below; the albums ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, John Fält: Life and Other Transient Storms

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Many fans of contemporary creative jazz and improvised music have in recent years become aware of Susana Santos Silva. Despite her relative youth (37), this extraordinary Portuguese trumpet player possesses a remarkably self-assured and distinctive voice on her instrument, and she excels in straddling the lines between composition and free improvisation. For this release, she's assembled a star-studded ensemble, called “Life and Other Transient Storms," for two long, unstructured improvisations, and the result is a first-rate, eminently enjoyable collaboration.

WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Popularity and You

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Twenty years ago I read in a William Bennett book that jazz made up only 3% of the music market. I often lamented that when jazz came up in any of the classes I taught. I further wondered if that lamentable percentage included sales by Kenny G. If so, all the worse, since, as Pat Metheny said, G is either not jazz or very bad jazz. I opt for not jazz, since a necessary element in America's classical music is ...

INTERVIEWS

Dominick Farinacci: Sharing Stories

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Dominick Farinacci, a trumpeter from Cleveland, is a strong improviser with a wide, round tone. It's suited for his predilection for the melodic side of the music. But his vision of music extends beyond the act of playing and the art of performing--something he has done around the globe for years, carving out a successful career after being mentored by Wynton Marsalis. Farinacci truly envisions music as something that can bring people in a community, from diverse backgrounds ...


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