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Junior Mance: Jubilation

Read "Jubilation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist Junior Mance has a bop-based facility with improvisation and a bluesy, “no- nonsense" candid style. Mance debuted his career with this unique blend of traits and his singular voice has changed little over the course of his prolific career that spans over half a century. The Delmark reissue of Jubilation, originally on the, now defunct, Canadian label Sackville, is a live solo recording from September of 1994 in Toronto's Montreal Bistro. On it Mance demonstrates a more crystalized and ...

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Junior Mance: Eighty Years Young

Read "Junior Mance: Eighty Years Young" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Chicago native Junior Mance doesn't sound like a man approaching his 80th birthday. The pianist, who credits Gene Ammons, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie with helping him grow as a musician, has led over 30 recordings of his own and made numerous appearances as a sideman during a lengthy career. An enthusiastic conversationalist with a great sense of humor, it's hard not to feel quickly at home chatting with the veteran artist. All About Jazz: Was yours ...

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Junior Mance: Groovin' with Junior

Read "Groovin' with Junior" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Nearing 80, Junior Mance is among the last still-vigorous performers of his generation, the master of a blues-drenched piano style that fuses bop harmony and block chords with tremolos and funky pentatonics. His biography is also his tradition, including stints with Gene Ammons, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Dinah Washington. Mance has visited Toronto for decades, frequently performing at jazz piano bars like Café des Copains and its successor, the recently closed Montreal Bistro. Since 1995 his Toronto ...

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Junior Mance: Sweet and Lovely

Read "Junior Mance: Sweet and Lovely" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Junior Mance Sweet and Lovely Milestone 2004

The heyday of hard bop was a boon for jazz piano enthusiasts. New names on the ivories surfaced continuously like seedlings after a fresh rain. Along with the acknowledged masters like Powell and Monk were their second generation acolytes: Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern and Junior Mance among them. Like their forbearers these fellows paid their dues as sidemen. A Chicagoan by birth, Mance ...

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Junior Mance: Sweet and Lovely

Read "Sweet and Lovely" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bobby Timmons, Gene Harris, Junior Mance - these men comprise the Holy Trinity of soul/blues jazz pianists. All three have a complete command of the blues, along with gospel, which makes up the subatomic particles of soul jazz piano. Why is Horace Silver not here? Because he is one of the founding fathers of hard bop, and we have to draw the line somewhere. The three pianists above were making music late ?50s-?60s that corresponded to the popular music soul ...

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Junior Mance: Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Riel Lazarus

In November of 2000 aboard a ship adrift on the Atlantic Ocean, reedman Joe Temperley joined pianist Junior Mance's Floating Jazz Festival Trio in what proved to be a perfect setting for a tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk. Like Monk, the waters beneath them were capable of powerful swings and torrents, and also like Monk, their music was pronounced amid a shroud of relative isolation.Throughout this live set, Temperley and Mance--joined by the gifted rhythm section ...

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Junior Mance Trio & Orchestra: That Lovin' Feelin'

Read "That Lovin' Feelin'" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Along with stylists such as Gene Harris and Bobby Timmons, pianist Junior Mance is too frequently thrown into a category of players put down for using the blues and other implicit forms that speak directly with their audience. The fact is, Mance can be a deftly imaginative artist whose best work can be heard on a series of excellent albums he cut for the Riverside/Jazzland logos in the ‘60s. The most unusual of the bunch would be 1962’s The Soul ...

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Junior Mance: That Lovin' Feelin'

Read "That Lovin' Feelin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The difficulty with pop culture...

This release is reminiscent of a recent Bobby Timmons release by the Fantasy Group, Quartet and Orchestra . Both recordings tried to capitalize on these famous, blues-oriented jazz pianists playing popular songs of the day (e.g., the '60s and early '70s). In unfair retrospect, Timmons faired badly. On That Lovin' Feelin', Junior Mance fairs better, but the results are far from perfect.

That Lovin' Feelin' is derived from two Fantasy-related albums recorded a decade apart. ...

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Junior Mance: Happy Time

Read "Happy Time" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

To the chagrin of certainly many a musician, there are some critics who equate audience appeal with commercial sell-out. It is just such an attitude that must have played a part in establishing pianist Junior Mance's position on the jazz map just at the outskirts of critical acclaim, despite wholehearted acceptance by those with a talented ear for real music. Throughout the '50s and '60s, Mance went quietly about his way making noteworthy recordings for the Verve, Capitol, and Atlantic ...

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Junior Mance Trio: Happy Time

Read "Happy Time" reviewed by Derek Taylor

An integral cog of the bands of Gillespie and Adderly Junior Mance’s move to the role of leader was a relatively late one in life. His obvious talents at the piano however counteract any contention that his longevity as a sideman was due to a lack of prowess. Once he did decide to form his own groups the regular results were much like those found on this exemplary and aptly titled trio recording. Mance’s style is a happy one indeed, ...


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