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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers.

“I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz

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Tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin is known as a forceful and dynamic soloist, both in small group and big band settings. His views of the jazz music scene, both past and present, are equally compelling.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Mr. Tabackin for this interview. Rather than insert ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends At The Empress Theatre

Read "Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends At The Empress Theatre" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends
Empress Theatre
Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit
Vallejo, CA
March 29, 2017

Peter Michael Escovedo (Kenny G) organized a stellar line up of Bay Area musicians and much more for Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marbin: Goat Man & The House of the Dead

Read "Goat Man & The House of the Dead" reviewed by Dave Wayne

It's truly been fun to watch Marbin grow and develop over the past few years. Their eponymous, self- released debut album, from way back in 2009, was a duet affair with the two principals--saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin--plying their talents on a clutch of brief and very intricate instrumentals. Sounding at times like an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richie Cole: Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas

Read "Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Christmas music is a sort of sub genre of American pop, mostly maudlin and uninspiring in its lyrics, harmony and melody. Yet, it is a perennial magnet for jazz artists.

On the other end of the spectrum is Richie Cole, a brash altoist and sort of a merry prankster bebop artist. Fans and critics ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way

Read "Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Morality matters to all of us. We protest when we are robbed or defrauded. We praise heroes and heroines. We condemn moral monsters. We laud a Mother Teresa and condemn a Ted Bundy. We recognize good and bad habits. We rebuke those who do evil; we praise those who do good. We attempt to honor our ...

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)

Read "Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Grover Washington, Jr. passed away in 1999 the jazz world lost one of its most successful and talented creators, and in his wake a slew of saxophonists have stepped up to fill the void. None have. jny: Philadelphia jazz deejay Bob Perkins said, of Washington, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, “He was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Clyde Stubblefield: Samples of Funk

Read "Clyde Stubblefield: Samples of Funk" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Every musical generation tends to put forth a handful of “star players" within any given genre. Whether it be jny: Los Angeles' Wrecking Crew or Motown's Funk Brothers, certain cliques of industry professionals are able to develop a coveted sound in the recording studio that resonates with producers. These “lightning in a bottle" artists tend to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Read "Jane Bunnett and Maqueque" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Forse stanca della trascurabile attenzione riservatale fin qui dai mass media, l'ottima jazzista canadese avrà pensato di annacquare la sua rigorosa progettualità. Scelta legittima ma discutibile, che dà luogo ad un percorso duplice ed ambivalente, dai differenti esiti artistici. Questa volta, le ormai consuete influenze afrocubane, che la Bunnett ha affrontato con migliori esiti per tre ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman: Fountain of Youth

Read "Fountain of Youth" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If Fountain of Youth isn't the zenith of The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman it is difficult to imagine what would be. You can't get much more Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman than a Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman album featuring only Russ Freeman. It's a Russ Freeman solo album brilliantly disguised as a Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman album. ...