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Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)

Read "Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)" reviewed by Henning Bolte

These days, calls/invitations for live streaming pop up in overwhelming high frequency via a diversity of media. It has become a challenging bombardment, challenging to connect to coordinate with your own course of the day and the night. It is more and more difficult to cope with it. Maybe only aleatoric approaches or abstinence remain as way out for the time being. Live streaming is no doubt running wild at the moment in all manner of varieties. Can live stream ...

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Miles Davis v. Wynton Marsalis: Jack Johnson in Jazz

Read "Miles Davis v. Wynton Marsalis: Jack Johnson in Jazz" reviewed by Michael Holman

A director fascinated by the outsized life of the African-American boxer Jack Johnson sets out to make a documentary to tell the man's story. Given the centrality of race to Johnson's story and Johnson's own musical interests, a jazz soundtrack seems most appropriate, so he enlists the foremost jazz trumpeter of the day to provide a score. This certainly will sound familiar to those who've caught Ken Burns' latest PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall ...

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Condon's Mobs: Wild Bill Davison & Bud Freeman

Read "Condon's Mobs: Wild Bill Davison & Bud Freeman" reviewed by Nic Jones

As an art form jazz has thrived in a number of different environments, and the school of the music that came to fruition under the ostensible stewardship of Eddie Condon, a man whose abilities as a raconteur were at least on a par with his abilities as a guitarist, amounted to a freewheeling brand of the music which thrived best before a receptive live audience. There was however a whole lot more to it than anything that might suggest, and ...

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Allison Neale & Bruce Turner: Across The Years

Read "Allison Neale & Bruce Turner: Across The Years" reviewed by Nic Jones

The alto sax has always been a horn that can accomodate a variety of approaches. The two players discussed here, as featured on albums recorded at completely different stages in their respective careers, have sounds and styles deeply rooted in the history of the music

For years Bruce Turner was a stalwart of Humphrey Lyttleton's band, and for a period in the late 1950s and early 1960s he led his own Jump Band, a small group which took its cues ...

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Charlie Rouse: Hail The Individual

Read "Charlie Rouse: Hail The Individual" reviewed by Nic Jones

Every significant development in jazz has been the work of trailblazers. In the case of bebop of course the two most readily associated with the development have always been Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and whilst there is no little substance in this, the determinism of such a view obscures the contributions of other musicians who were active in the midst of this musical revolution. Whilst this situation has arguably never caused irreparable damage to any musician's career, it might ...

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Rendell-Carr & Keith Tippett: Ever Increasing Circles

Read "Rendell-Carr & Keith Tippett: Ever Increasing Circles" reviewed by Nic Jones

In the early 1960s things were happening. In that seminal decade, the allure of which remains so great that people not even born at the time can feel vicarious nostalgia for it, both British and European jazz produced instrumentalists with the ability and know-how to establish themselves as distinctive voices within an ever-widening continuum of jazz. Of the three musicians discussed here Don Rendell has the longest pedigree, having been a member of the band Stan Kenton employed on his ...

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Marty Paich and Art Pepper: Moanin' vs + Eleven

Read "Marty Paich and Art Pepper:  Moanin' vs + Eleven" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Marty Paich (1925-1995) was the West Coast Tadd Dameron. He had a perfect swing and be bop arranging temperament. Paich was a superb pianist and a better arranger, being called upon to orchestrate for Chet Baker, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Art Pepper. It was with Art Pepper that Paich would forge a most creatively generous relationship, which would yield not one but two masterpieces in 1959.

Art Pepper (1925-1982) was the brilliant and beautiful alto ...


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