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Interviews

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Ashley Kahn: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in November 2000 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. Ashley Kahn, the author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (Da Capo Press, 224 pgs.), is Music Editor at VH1, and was the primary editor of Rolling Stone: The Seventies as well as the primary contributor to Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide. He has contributed articles to ...

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Concha Buika: I Feel the Warmer Side of Life When I Sing

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When Spanish singer Concha Buika sings, songs uncoil from her like smoke. Whether she sings jazz classics, Jacquel Brel, Chavella Vargas songs or her own songs, there is a warm intimacy in her husky and seductive voice that easily envelops listeners. 15 years after her debut, Mestizuo, a record with jazz classics she continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with records that are imbued with diversity from flamenco, soul, jazz and pop music to Afro-beat, Cuban music, ...

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Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries

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The city of Seattle has an eclectic relationship with jazz historically, in terms of innovation and embracing the notion of music without boundaries, of musical communities interacting and supporting each other. Samantha Boshnack fits perfectly into that musical paradigm. Whether writing and performing with her 14 piece ensemble B'shnorkestra, or in a quintet setting, Boshnack has pushed musical boundaries in a multitude of directions. Her music carries a social narrative, an emotional intelligence uniquely her own. Her new release, Global ...

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Shye Ben Tzur: Music For The Upliftment of the Soul

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The Urdu word Junun denotes “Passion"and that is the perfect term to describing not just the breathtaking interplay and common purpose among the many diverse musicians taking part in this project, but also the deep spiritual love that emanates from this music and takes up everyone in the excitement of the moment: playful, joyous and inclusive. Junun is a dynamic meeting of passionate musicians with different backgrounds and geographies but the result to that is gorgeous music. Shye Ben Tzur ...

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Bill Cunliffe: A Day In the Life

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Grammy award-winning arranger and pianist Bill Cunliffe has been on the cutting edge of large ensemble arranging and jazz trio performance for the past few decades. An avid composer, performer, film scorer, educator and author of several jazz piano books (and online workshops), Cunliffe is focusing his creative output these days around a few select projects. His thorough exploration of several genres and his delivery of relevance in his work throughout his career reveal an inquisitive artist capable of appreciating ...

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Nick Brignola: Big Horn, Strong Words

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This article first appeared in Coda Magazine in 1978. With the possible exception of torture, there has never been an art form more maligned than jazz. So, it is inevitable that every once in a while there is an exceptional musician who finds that the financial rewards of being a jazz musician are too small, and its spiritual compensations too infrequent to continue this masochistic pursuit. Case in point--Nick Brignola. If you say “Nick Who?" then ...

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Meet Kenny Garrett

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. First tier alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is notorious for his energy and for his ability to spontaneously compose (improvise). He announced himself twenty years ago in the bands of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw and came to even greater recognition with Miles Davis' late '80s band. Happy People is Garrett's latest in a string of ...

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Fábio Torres: The Making of Modern Brazilian Jazz

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When such a vast style as Latin Jazz is explored by musicians of various nationalities, when rhythmic elements are combined, when a portion of good taste and brilliance is added to this mixture, the result could not be different: The Making of Modern Brazilian Jazz. Fabio Torres is a great example of all this. With Trio Corrente he has sought nothing less than excellence in composition and interpretation. A result that led him to win the Grammy Award ...


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