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Jazz Articles

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Richard Nant / Alan Plachta: Un Viaje

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Things are happening right now in Argentina. There is a jazz scene that just seems to keep on growing and growing. Fortunately, international collaboration has also started to happen and Argentinian musicians are travelling around the world to share their special take on the jazz tradition. For instance, cutting edge pianist Paula Shocron has recently been to New York. Another musician that is familiar with the city is guitarist Alan Plachta. In fact, his sextet with pianist ...

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The Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game

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While those of a certain age may reasonably presume that It's All in the Game refers to a hit song from 1958 by Tommy Edwards ("Many a tear has to fall, but it's all in the game . . ."), the “game" in this case is actually an acronym for conductor / arranger Doug Richards' Great American Music Ensemble, or GAME, formed in the mid-80s when Richards was director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. All in ...

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Logan Richardson: Shift

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Shift is a welcome return to the emotive stylings of Logan Richardson, the jny: Paris-based, jny: Kansas City-born saxophonist and composer who garnered respect as a fluent voice with his 2007 debut Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound) and projects with peers like pianist Gerald Clayton in NEXT Collective. With this debut on Blue Note the blending of culturally rich environments feed creative music realized by Richardson's dream band of jazz luminaries: guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran and a superb rhythm ...

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Richard Sorce: A Place I've Never Been

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New York-based pianist/Composer and educator Richard Sorce has had a life-long affinity for the Brazilian genre and the music that emanated from the periods of the 50s through the 70s which led the artist to form the Latin Jazz group, The Richard Sorce Project in 2012. Sorce and the group now present their ten-track Brazilian- styled Latin jazz album A Place I've Never Been full of light smooth- tinged rhythms and percussions reflecting the leader's preference for the music that ...

INTERVIEWS

Discovering Wardell Gray: An Interview with Biographer Richard Carter

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 [This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the under-recognized tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.] Richard Carter is a London writer and jazz aficionado who, as a college student, was first taken by Wardell Gray's recordings in the 1950s, around the ...

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Garzone / Bergonzi / Moses / Andersson: Splitting up in Boston

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Back in 2013, renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi recorded an album together that came out in 2014 on the Danish label Stunt. The name of the album was Quintonic and it sounded just as one might expect; wonderful music with fiery blowing, swinging tunes, tight grooves and razor-sharp twists and turns and lyric moments of beauty. They recorded it with two Danish musicians, pianist Carl Winther and drummer Anders Mogensen, and the Finnish bassist Johnny Åman.

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Richard Shelton: An Englishman In Love In L.A.

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English-born actor Richard Shelton is a veteran of British theatre and television who recently moved to the United States for the opportunities that Hollywood may offer. As an actor, Shelton played the role of Frank Sinatra on the London stage in a play based on the book 'Rat Pack Confidential,' a dream come true for the actor who was provided with the chance to play his musical idol. Since then, Shelton has often been referred to as the “British Sinatra." ...

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Richard Harris: Shades of Blue

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Washington area trumpeter Richard Harris offers his third album as leader and follow up to his critically-acclaimed Songs from My Heart (Self-Produced, 2009) with the warm and mellow Shades of Blue containing a mixture of originals and uncommon standards presented in a light fashion. On this album, Harris strives to reproduce, as he states, “the lyrical West Cool jazz sound of the 50's" in an intimate and romantic setting. Playing the trumpet, flugelhorn and doing some vocals, Harris ...


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