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October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes

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Indeed--October jazz birthdays. This week's show honoring the 90th birthday of Dan Morgenstern, as well as honoring the memory of Lorraine Gordon (who would have been 97 on Oct. 15th). Centennial salutes for Art Blakey, Anita O'Day and Babs Gonzales. Significant others include Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Norman Simmons, Roy ...

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

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Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area.

Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp - Mark Helias - Gordon Grdina: Skin And Bones

Read "Skin And Bones" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Skin and Bones Music Series is an ongoing succession of creative music events in various venues in and around the city of Kelowna in British Columbia. The concerts have hosted a diverse group of jazz artists from veterans such as Peter Brötzmann to rising stars The Bjorn Kriel Trio. Among the series' featured acts was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Di duetti tromba/batteria, dai tempi dei due volumi-capostipiti (peraltro largamente polistrumentali) intitolati Mu e firmati congiuntamente da Don Cherry e Ed Blackwell (era il 1969, giusto mezzo secolo fa), ce ne sono stati svariati, pur entro una formula--un abbinamento--sempre piuttosto esclusiva, alla fin fine alquanto rara.

Tornano sull'argomento Kirk Knuffke, trentanovenne trombettista di Denver ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

From Wolves To Whales: Strandwal

Read "Strandwal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Please excuse the sudden onset of déjà vu as the sophomore release by the quartet From Wolves To Whales spins out two discs of music from a 2017 live recording from The Netherlands, made during a European tour. It's just that the music evokes the images of Ornette Coleman's early-60's quartet. Images, and not necessarily the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Spillmann Trio: Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club

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Matthias Spillmann's Live at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club is a trumpet trio tour de force. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland, Spillmann, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Moritz Baumgärtner add a fascinating spin to five classics and one original number. The trio's simple format gives Spillmann plenty of room to energize the music, and his tone ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

David Bond at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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David Bond Quartet
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
June 26, 2019

Alto saxophonist David Bond is new to jny: Philadelphia and probably unfamiliar to jazz fans here. I went to hear him because I am always interested in hearing someone new, and two of the personnel listed were ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation

Read "Burning Meditation" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Japanese concept of ma—a celebration of the space between things—is one to which trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith can readily subscribe. Space and silence are as important as sound in his conception. The weight given to the pauses between phrases stands out on this live recording from 1994 with Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi, which forms another ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Drummers As Leaders

Read "Drummers As Leaders" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Drummers are not necessarily the first musicians you think of as bandleaders but there is a long tradition of drummer-leaders in jazz from Chick Webb and Gene Krupa to Art Blakey and Paul Motian. Here are two current, lesser-known drummers who keep that lineage going in different formats.

Enrique Haneine
The Mind's Mural ...