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Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz

Read "Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin is known as a forceful and dynamic soloist, both in small group and big band settings. His views of the jazz music scene, both past and present, are equally compelling. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Mr. Tabackin for this interview. Rather than insert myself into the conversation, I just let the tape roll, threw in a few topics and let the master jazz man expound on them ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lew Tabackin Trio: Soundscapes

Read "Soundscapes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's no substitute for experiencing jazz live. There are, however, some recordings that manage to do a damn good job coming close. This happens to be one of them. Noted jazz photographer Jimmy Katz, who's quickly developed a strong reputation as a recording engineer and producer who seeks to capture jazz in its true and unaltered forms, was the impetus behind the creation of this album. He sold saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin on the idea, set up a ...

LIVE REVIEW

Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Lew Tabackin, James Carter, Craig Handy

Read "Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Lew Tabackin, James Carter, Craig Handy" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Lew Tabackin, James Carter, Craig Handy Sunside-Sunset/Duc des Lombards Paris, France July 8, July 11, July 12, 2015 Getting great sax in Paris was a sure thing this summer with three American tenor titans Lew Tabackin, James Carter and Craig Handy performing within three soul-satisfying weeks. In the fewest words: Tabackin elegantly memorable, Carter riotously powerful, Handy balladeer extraordinaire. Much better, though, to cite details of the concerts and the contrasting styles on the same ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lew Tabackin: Jazz na Hrade

Read "Jazz na Hrade" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Lew Tabackin began to make his mark in the '60s, touring or recording with Maynard Ferguson, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Duke Pearson, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd and The Tonight Show Band. From 1968-69, he was a main soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra. He helped his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, to form her long-running jazz orchestra not long after they moved to California, taking part as its star soloist during its three decades of existence, though the veteran ...

INTERVIEW

Lew Tabackin

Read "Lew Tabackin" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Lew Tabackin needs no introduction to serious jazz fans. The tenor saxophonist and flutist worked with Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, Donald Byrd, Elvin Jones and The Tonight Show Band; was a star soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra in the late '60s; and joined alto saxophonist Phil Woods for a one-shot small group album. But Tabackin made his mark in the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra for several decades until it disbanded in 2003. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lew Tabackin: Tanuki's Night Out

Read "Tanuki's Night Out" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Lew Tabackin is in terrific form throughout this November 2001 trio concert from Studio F in Kasahara in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan, a recurring fall concert for the saxophonist/flutist since 1996. Joined by bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Mark Taylor, Tabackin begins on flute with a decidedly Far Eastern approach to John Coltrane's “Wise One. Tabackin's loping “Desert Lady has more of a Middle Eastern sound, suggesting a lonely walk and his haunting, unaccompanied two-minute cadenza ...

INTERVIEW

A Fireside Chat With Lew Tabackin

Read "A Fireside Chat With Lew Tabackin" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I don't want to sound off another cliche but Lew Tabackin is criminally unheralded (but who isn't in this music?). Tabackin is criminally under-recorded (but who isn't in this music?). Tabackin is criminally not performing live as he should be (but who isn't in this music?). Which leaves only one conclusion: we are all some thieving mother-f-ers in this music and should all be put behind bars. There are days when I am banging my head up against the proverbial ...


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