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Take Five With Roberta Piket

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About Roberta Piket
Born in Queens, New York, Roberta inherited a passion for music from both her parents. Her father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, who made significant contributions to both the musical liturgy of Reform Judaism and the concert hall with works performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Dimitri Metropolis. From ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Cain: Sola

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In his long and well-established career, keyboardist/composer Michael Cain has often flown under the radar. Dating back to 1991, Cain was part of the bassist Anthony Cox's impressive quartet which included saxophonist Dewey Redman drummer Billy Higgins in its initial formation. His fine piano trio outing Circa (ECM, 1997) with trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Peter ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Gary Thomas: Till We Have Faces

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Gary Thomas
Till We Have Faces
JMT
1992

It was sometime in 1992 when I came across today's Rediscovery. I was walking by a record store (remember those?) in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada when I suddenly heard this staggering guitarist playing over what sounded like a standard I thought I knew but couldn't ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave King: We do music, so we know music

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Ever the emphatic artist, drummer Dave King is most famous as a founding member of the contemporary trio The Bad Plus. Rooted in jazz, The Bad Plus has taken creative music to a new abstract height, examining reinterpretations of works by artists as diverse as Stravinsky, Nirvana and Tears for Fears. However, his re-definition of a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's Note: In Florence Wetzel's in-depth interview with Ron Miles, the Colorado-based trumpeter covers the rest of his releases, including an exclusive first look at his forthcoming album, Quiver (Enja, 2012), due out later this year.]

Chapter Index Laughing Barrel Stone/Blossom Quiver Practicing and ...

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Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's Note: The second part of Florence Wetzel's extensive interview with Ron Miles covers the Colorado-based trumpeter's early performance years, and begins a chronological look at all of his solo releases, beginning with Distance for Safety (Prolific Records, 1987) and concluding with Heaven (Sterling Circle, 2002), his ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within

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It almost seems as if there's no other place on earth like it. New Zealand is truly breathtaking, with its diverse geography of mountains, beaches, green plains and forests forming a complex triptych where different strains of nature melt into a sublime scenario. And then there there's the water, the ever-flowing source of life, finding its ...

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All About Jazz Musician Database Tops 30,000 Profiles

The All About Jazz Musician Center is growing by the day and has just eclipsed 30,000 musician profiles. AAJ profiles work a little like Wikipedia, where musicians, fans, industry folks can create and maintain them. Most of the profiles are created by an individual, but we now create skeleton profiles from CD reviews and calendar date submissions. ...

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Jay Epstein: Easy Company

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One or two jazz standards, a handful of intriguing left-field choices, some interesting originals and one truly exceptional re-working of a classic love song-- Easy Company is an album of pleasing surprises, performed by three extremely talented musicians. Drummer Jay Epstein leads the trio and contributes all five original compositions, but this is a genuine group ...

Anthony Cox

Read "Anthony Cox" reviewed by Peter Madsen

I'll never forget my first encounter with the astounding Minneapolis bassist Anthony Cox. It was 1977 at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where I was nearing the end of my music studies looking forward to escaping with my degree in hand, when this African-American man (not a common sight at this lily-white University in ...