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Jazz Articles

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Louis Armstrong: The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Portrait of the artist as a young genius. In these immortal recordings, Armstrong blew new life into jazz and changed it forever. Background Many people remember Louis Armstrong only as a popular entertainer, recalling how he wrapped his warm, gravelly voice around such hits as “Hello, Dolly" ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Jazz From Around the World: Europe

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Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of jny: New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below are 10 classic European jazz recordings. Beginning the list is Mosaic's massive box set of guitarist Django Reinhardt's Swing/HMV sessions. Reinhardt is ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Rhythm Future Quartet at The Evening Muse

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The Rhythm Future Quartet The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC April 23, 2016 The Rhythm Future Quartet plays Gypsy jazz with one eye towards the past and the other towards the present. They've got the style, they've got the chops, and they're not afraid to try new things. As one of a series of shows billed as album release parties for their second release Travels, much of the program was taken from there. Bassist Greg ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Porgy and Bess Live

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Since its New York City debut in September 1935, George Gershwin's beloved folk opera Porgy and Bess has been recreated and performed in almost every possible context, from classical opera to musical theatre to mainstream jazz, in America and overseas. The opera has been probed and dissected so often, in fact, that at first blush another version, this one by a seven-piece trad jazz group that calls San Antonio, Texas, home may seem superfluous at best. What sets this double-disc ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Real Dixieland Book / Tunes Of The Twenties

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The Real Dixieland Book Robert Rawlins 378 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4234-7694-8 Hal Leonard 2015 Saxophonist Robert Rawlins, who is also Professor of Music Theory at Rowan University (New Jersey) has done jazz a great service by producing The Real Dixieland Book and Tunes Of The Twenties. While they obviously serve different audiences, and can be enjoyed separately, they are really meant to supplement each other. Jazz is a living art, and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants

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Cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a fiery, extroverted approach to playing that originated in the 1920s Chicago and mirrored his hard living. By 1968, when he recorded The Jazz Giants for the Canadian label Sackville, he had mellowed and his tone had become more melodic. A democratic leader, Davison allows the five, underrated practitioners of “prebop jazz," who join him on the date, plenty of room in the spotlight. The result is a collaborative effort that comprises delightful interpretation of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Randi Cee: Any Kind Of Man

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Singer and all-around showbiz personality Randi Cee is a real deal throwback to the days when Tin Pan Alley and jazz intersected and produced the music that had high musical content as well high entertainment value. The nightclubs, Broadway musical and 78s were the soundtrack to the 1920s and 1930s and, to this day, this music evokes the Roaring Twenties as well as undercurrent of hope during the Great Depression. Any Kind Of Man is Cee's debut EP ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Clarinet

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When you hear the phrase, “New Orleans jazz," what three instruments immediately come to mid? That's right: cornet, trombone, and clarinet. In those early jazz combos, the clarinet provided a soaring, high register obbligato that enhanced, and, in the hands of the amazing Sidney Bechet, challenged, the cornet's lead line. A decade or so later, the clarinet occupied a rightful place as one of the signature instruments of the big band era, serving as a distinctive tone color in the ...


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