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L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Girshevich Trio: Algorithmic Society

Read "Algorithmic Society" reviewed by Jim Trageser

While nearly all of the buzz in the music press about the Girshevich Trio has been about the young age of drummer Aleks Girshevich--who was roughly 12 when this album was recorded, the second of his young life--sooner or later his career will be judged solely by his playing. That's the thing about prodigies--they grow out ...

Art Pepper: Neon Art: Volume 3

Read "Neon Art: Volume 3" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This concludes the Neon Art series, whose life began as three vinyl LP releases in 2012. Wisely, Pepper's widow, Laurie Pepper and co-producer Cheryl Pawelski decided to re-issue these performances on CD. Neon Art, Volume 1 and Neon Art, Volume 2 preceded Volume 3 in as many months.

The Neon Art performances are ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VIII - Live At The Winery, September 6, 1976

Read "Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VIII - Live At The Winery, September 6, 1976" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, has been shepherding the artist's discography since the turn of the millenia. Unreleased Art Vol. VIII: Live At The Winery, September 6, 1976 reveals there may be no end in sight for unreleased material from this important jazz musician. Ms. Pepper has done a couple of things different ...

Peter Sprague String Consort: Dr. Einstein's Spin

Read "Dr. Einstein's Spin" reviewed by Robert Bush

Composer/guitarist Peter Sprague isn't well-known, but there are few musicians operating at his level; he counts pianist Chick Corea, bassist Charlie Haden and fellow six-stringer Pat Metheny among his enthusiastic supporters.

One of his ongoing projects, The Peter Sprague String Consort, represents a true marriage of jazz trio with string quartet, and the ensemble is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions

Read "Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This title is more than a rhyme: it's an attempt to capture some of the legendary versatility of pianist Bill Mays. “Inventions" refers to his unprecedented, working jazz trio of piano, trumpet, and cello. “Conventions" is a nod to his invaluable contribution to the annual meeting of the International Society of Bassists (in 2013, he played ...

Take Five with Mark Zandveld

Read "Take Five with Mark Zandveld" reviewed by Mark Zandveld

Meet Mark Zandveld:

Bassist, producer, and composer Mark Zandveld was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is the director/ coordinator of the jazz quartet of the American singer/composer, Deborah Carter, to whom he is married. They produced five CDs together. They tour often abroad for concerts, jazz festivals, jazz club tours, and seminars in many ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Markus Burger / Joe LaBarbera / Bob Magnusson: Accidental Tourists: The L.A. Sessions

Read "Accidental Tourists: The L.A. Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sometimes a definite connect exists between cover art and the music. German-born pianist Markus Burger's Accidental Tourists: The L.A. Sessions features a glossy cover photo full of reflections and right angle geometry, a sleek car with rounded contours. The music on this trio offering has a well-crafted geometry of its own, and a bright sheen brought ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011

Read "Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Bert Turetzky and Friends
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
May 26, 2011

Bertram Turetzky might well be considered the Godfather of San Diego contrabass. He has mentored many of the area's top players, like Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, and Rob Thorsen, to name a few.

Even though he's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bud Shank's Last Recording: Jake Fryer's "In Good Company"

Bud Shank's Last Recording: Jake Fryer's "In Good Company"

If there is still a west coast kind of jazz it's because players associated with the west coast still play music. That's obvious, of course, but even in its heyday the west coast style covered a broad group of stylistic tendencies, from the cool of a Chet Baker to the heat of Hampton Hawes. Bud Shank leaned toward to cooler ...