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David A. Orthmann

David hears the melody of "Salt Peanuts" in the voices of wild turkeys walking through his back yard.

About Me

I recently retired after thirty-one years of gainful employment as a freight broker. After spending a decade writing book reviews as an avocation, I stumbled into jazz journalism during the late 1990s and, to my surprise, found a home. Despite the myriad challenges in trying to do justice to the artists' work, I never get tired of the music; it's always a source of wonder and inspiration. Aside from All About Jazz, I've published in Hot House, Jazziz, and penned liner notes for the Criss Cross, Jazzed Media, 18th and Vine, Weebop Records, and Blues Leaf record labels. My column, "Rhythm In Every Guise," focuses on the work of individual jazz drummers. Utilizing examples from a player's discography, I attempt to capture the essence of his or her style.

My Favorites

  1. Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes (Savoy Jazz)
  2. Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um (Columbia)
  3. Thelonious Monk It's Monk's Time (Columbia)
  4. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady (Impulse)
  5. Ornette Coleman This Is Our Music (Atlantic)
  6. John Coltrane Live At Birdland (Impulse)
  7. John Coltrane Blue Trane (Blue Note)
  8. Miles Davis Miles Smiles (Columbia)
  9. Max Roach Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse)
  10. Walt Weiskopf Sight To Sound (Criss Cross)
  11. Ben Wolfe The Whisperer (Posi-Tone)
  12. Nathan Eklund Group Coin Flip (OA2)