Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

Jazz Articles


"…that wild mercury sound." The Significance of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Read ""…that wild mercury sound." The Significance of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize" reviewed by

During high school and college, I got interested in the Nobel Prizes. At the time, I was not interest in all of them: only the prize for Literature. I have been a reading geek as long as I have been a music geek and I have always mixed the two passions liberally. In the early 20th Century, the United States produced several Nobel Laurates: Sinclair Lewis (1930), Eugene O'Neill (1936), Pearl Buck (1938), T.S. Eliot (1948), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest ...


Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing

Read "Keep Me Singing" reviewed by

Van Morrison remains a beautifully mercurial creative force. Thirty-six discreet recordings into a 52-year career, Morrison has only Ray Charles and Willie Nelson, as poly-genre conquering peers, each of whose reach has proven to be expansive and penetrating. This is a rarified trio, to be sure, a very selective club that needs be no larger. Morrison's last recording of new material, Born to Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note Records, 2012), was an upbeat effort that was, or course all ...


Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

Read "Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day" reviewed by

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamontis exactly that kind of book. Formally and informally ensconced in the San Francisco scene for decades, he brings his knowing perceptions to bear ...


Jack Bruce: Things We Like

Read "Jack Bruce: Things We Like" reviewed by

Jack Bruce remains one of the most enduring and fascinating figures of late 20th century popular music. By the age of eleven, he had already written his own string quartet, before eventually attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, from which he left at the age of seventeen having become disenchanted with his tutors and also due to the impoverished circumstances of his family. After a spate of travel he found his way to London, where he performed with a ...


Neil Cowley Trio: Spacebound Apes

Read "Spacebound Apes" reviewed by

The impact of ambition and competitiveness in a creative pursuit can be double edged. As a spur to action, an attempt to fulfil potential it is surely a positive--think of the mutual admiration and competition between say Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney in the mid-1960s for example. But there are times when a competitive nature can be destructive--a need always to be “right," to force your ill-considered views on others irrespective of the facts and, frankly, to be a bit ...


Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality

Read "Mortality" reviewed by

Esteemed West Coast trombonist Michael Vlatkovich's second release with the large ensemble outfit Ensemblio, features a cast of largely, So. California artists including tuba performer Bill Roper and keyboardist Wayne Peet, who is also credited with the engineering duties on this pristinely recorded studio set. Nonetheless, Vlatkovich tosses more than just a few curveballs into the mix. The ensemble frequently subdivides into smaller factions during mini-motifs, but the program is an off-centered case study when considering how numerous ...


Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling

Read "Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling" reviewed by

Describing guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and conceptualist Ethan Margolis as a citizen of the world barely does him or his music justice. Born and raised in jny: Cleveland (OH), Margolis left the US when he was 21 to study the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar in Spain. He stayed there for more than a decade, living alongside and learning from many of Spain's most famous Gypsy flamenco guitarists, teaching his own master guitar classes, and writing and touring a “flamenco ...


Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now - Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Read "Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now - Volumes II, III, IV & DVD" reviewed by

The announcement of the archiving of Van Morrison's considerably lengthy discography through Legacy Music no doubt generated cautious optimism among his fans and musiclovers in general. Previous reissue initiatives consisted of straight remasterings with minimal bonus additions in any form, while the retrospective of thirty unreleased recordings called The Philosopher's Stone (Polydor, 1998) seemed like a concession to the inevitable in the CD age. But the release of The Complete Them 1964-1967 ( Legacy, 2015) augured well for ...

Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.