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School of Trane - Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders (1964 - 1969)

Read "School of Trane - Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders (1964 - 1969)" reviewed by Russell Perry

No tenor player cast a larger shadow over the 1960's than John Coltrane. Arguably, that time frame could be expanded to include all decades since, as well. Several contemporary tenor players who emerged as singular and important voices in the 1960s were specifically in his debt: his friend and colleague -Wayne Shorter, his protégé —Archie Shepp, his band mate—Pharoah Sanders, and his disciple—Charles Lloyd. Each in his own way, reflected Trane's characteristic tenor sound, his spirituality, his harmonic adventurism and ...

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Wayne, Newk, 21st Century Tunes & A Vault Dive

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Our 2 features this week: quartet tracks from Wayne Shorter's Emanon (the Downbeat Magazine's Critics and Readers Poll best album of the year) and Sonny Rollins' monumental Saxophone Colossus. We've got 21st century music from four bass players and two Chicago trumpeters. And, of course, a waltz through the vaults with Fletcher Henderson, Bessie Smith, Charles Mingus and Jimmy Smith. Enjoy the show, tell your friends and keep the music strong. Hats off to our most active listeners ...

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Welcome to the Deep End

Read "Welcome to the Deep End" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys contemplate the profundity of the abyss--or, at least, of some fairly serious third-streamy jazz releases, on this very “whoa, man" episode. A three-disc extravaganza from a feted musician on Blue Note, a challenging big-group project on the always challenging Intakt label, and a ballet score by jazz's favorite theoretician from the sixties make up the bulk of this one. Pop matters lightens things up a bit with discussions of Brian Eno and Donovan (Donovan?) and Pat's pocket review ...

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More Miles/Gallon

Read "More Miles/Gallon" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we return with a “Bitches Brew -Day 2" and a “compare and contrast" between two Wayne Shorter tunes (from Super Nova) versus Miles Davis (from Water Babies). But of course, there's more. We moon over Anita O'Day (a centennial warmup) and go to a hotel with Kenny Clarke keeping time on a phone book for Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker. We catch up on our features with Blue Note's blues & boogie by Pete Johnson from 1939; classics ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter: Etcetera

Read "Etcetera" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The mid-sixties was an incredibly busy time for Wayne Shorter, who in 1965 had transitioned out of being Art Blakey's musical director into serving more or less the same roll for Miles Davis. By that point, he already had three Vee-Jay and two Blue Note leader dates under his belt and, in '65, he went on to record three more headliners on Blue Note--The Soothsayer, Etcetera and The All-Seeing Eye. Only the somewhat avant-garde Eye was released at ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Wayne Shorter Trio and GuestsSFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA January 3, 2019 Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music. There are few better choices to kick off such an event than Shorter's longtime friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock. A trained classical pianist, Hancock performed with the Chicago Symphony ...

YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is in chronological order but not ranked. MMO-Ensemble Any Day Now Øra Fonogram Norwegian saxophonist/composer Martin Myhre Olsen's ...


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