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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Houston Person: Rain or Shine

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Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, now in his eightieth decade, has made no concessions to Father Time, choosing instead to use his many years in the jazz trenches to forge a style all his own, bathed in blues and soul but never turning a deaf ear to the allure of a seductive and tasteful melody. Each of these components is clear as the midday sun on Rain or Shine, a well-designed studio session on which Person shares the front line with ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2017

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The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2017 led me to these marvelous CDs. Wadada Leo SmithNajwa Tum Records Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers up a “guitar" album, and the quality of musicianship, the concept and originality rise to the highest levels. There may never have been a late career surge of creative output as strong, prolific and compelling as Smith's, from Ten Freedom ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis: Lighthouse

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The trio of Mark Wingfield (guitar), Markus Reuter (touch guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) gathered at La Casa Murada Studios in Spain in February, 2016 to improvise the music on this album. There was so much creativity in the air that bassist Yaron Stavi asked to join them for another session--The Stone House (Moonjune Records, 2017)-which was recorded second, but released first. This might make Lighthouse seem anticlimactic, but it definitely is not. The music these musicians made ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book

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Getting StartedIf you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen.BackgroundThe Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz musicians and singers for generations, supplying the raw material for endless improvisation. In listening to jazz, a good rule of thumb is “Know the song and you're ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017

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Mary Ellen Desmond Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Comfort and Joy Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2017 It's always a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the past fourteen years, her special musical offering has been the seasonal Comfort and Joy holiday concert which she initiated and for which she serves as featured vocalist. This year was no exception. Desmond and her exceptional quartet of saxophonist Larry McKenna, pianist ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

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Even more than 50 years on, there's still never been anyone quite like Albert Ayler. Or for that matter like this 1964 Quartet, which was one of the few ensembles during his career to match the tenor saxophonist against equally forward thinking peers. Bassist Gary Peacock was fresh from pianist Bill Evans' Trio, cornetist Don Cherry was based in Europe having worked with both Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, while Sunny Murray had held the drum stool in pianist {{Cecil ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trio S: Somewhere Glimmer

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New York-based clarinetist, banjoist, Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Yuka Honda) is often immersed within the new music realm, including jazz and most of its offshoots. Highly in demand, the artist also composes for theater and TV. With Trio S' second release, he skirts the boundaries of ambient-electronic stylizations, jazz, folk and modern chamber, with cellist Jane Scarpantoni, and first-call drummer, percussionist Kenny Wolleson. The trio fuses an acoustic-electric array of exquisite, delicate and artful melodic inventions ...

MIXCLOUD

Walking

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Welcome to the first Mixcloud podcast on All About Jazz. It contains the first episode of Mondo Jazz, a new radio show devoted to international jazz airing every Wednesday night from 10 PM to midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn. Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the United States but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents, which make it a rich resource ...

MIXCLOUD

Phenomenal Women: Ones To Watch

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Welcome to Audioguide, a new monthly DJ set created for All About Jazz. Gathering new music from across Europe, the USA and sometimes further afield, I'll bring you a different window on jazz each month. There will always be a theme to guide the selections (although it is never intended to be a “best of' collection) and lots of emerging artists showcased with a scattering of more established names. As we reach the end of a year in ...


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