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Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Read "Beauty Within" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The two aneurysms that forced composer and musical director Anthony Branker to give up the trumpet in 1999 have done nothing to stem the tide of thoughtful and progressive music that he consistently delivers. Downsizing from his “Word Play" ensemble, Branker guides a quintet of new and long-time colleagues on Beauty Within.

A regular ...

Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Read "Beauty Within" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Rising Star" status isn't confined to fresh music school graduates. Dr. Anthony Branker, Educator--who, for twenty-seven years, was engaged in a big way with Princeton University's jazz program--has achieved a recent “rising star" tag as a composer. This after releasing seven top notch CDs for Origin Records, including the masterful Uppity (2013).

“Composer/Musical ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2013

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Lots of extraordinary music. These are my picks for outstanding CDs of the year.

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette
Somewhere
ECM Records

Pianist Keith Jarrett's “Standards Trio," with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, recorded Somewhere live in 2009. After thirty years together, the group is still growing. This will ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish

Read "Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl
Roller's Flying Fish Restaurant
Philadelphia, PA
August 16, 2013

Roller's Flying Fish Restaurant, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, offers live music in its intimate upstairs setting. The venue has featured top-of-the line jazz players including the legendary Mose Allison and guitarists Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Bruno. Recently, Paul ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ralph Bowen: The Power Play

Read "Ralph Bowen: The Power Play" reviewed by Diana Kondrashin

[Editor's Note: A shorter version of this interview was originally published at Jazz.Ru. It has been translated and expanded exclusively for All About Jazz.]

Ralph Bowen was born in Canada but he has pursued a jazz career in the United States for over 20 years, as tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger. He strikes neatly with ...

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Meet Dan McClenaghan

Read "Meet Dan McClenaghan" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: Oceanside, CA

I joined All About Jazz in: 2002

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I'd always sought out the reviews in the print magazines. Cruising the web, I found All About Jazz and liked it. I contacted Michael Ricci to see if he could use ...

Anthony Branker & Word Play: Uppity

Read "Uppity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On Uppity, Dr. Anthony Branker, Director of Jazz Studies at Princeton University, has created a life-affirming, sometimes funky, and straight-through beautiful set of sounds--an ode to the resiliency and basic goodness of the human spirit.

Branker began his jazz journey as a trumpeter, but complications from a brain aneurysm in 1999 brought his trumpet playing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Origin Records To Release "Uppity," By Composer/Bandleader Anthony Branker & His Sextet Word Play, March 19

Origin Records To Release "Uppity," By Composer/Bandleader Anthony Branker & His Sextet Word Play, March 19

On the provocatively titled Uppity, Anthony Branker’s second CD with his all-star sextet Word Play, the prolific composer and bandleader harnesses his vibrant jazz originals and his band’s dynamic interplay to deliver a bracing social and spiritual message. Uppity will be released by Origin Records March 19. His “Ballad for Trayvon Martin,” one of the album’s emotional ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon

Read "Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a focal point of the bebop and hard bop revolutions. Later in his career, he achieved the status of an American icon with his lead role in Bernard Tavernier's 1986 film, Round Midnight, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination. His “homecoming" in New York City, after living in Europe ...

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All About Jazz Launches On Demand Audio Player

All About Jazz Launches On Demand Audio Player

Musician? Place your music in front of the largest collection of jazz enthusiasts and consumers in the world. All About Jazz has partnered with Warp Radio to help musicians and record labels present their music directly to jazz fans through the All About Jazz audio player. The player, which features tracks uploaded by a musician or their ...


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