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ARTICLE: RADIO

BU@100, Newk with Monk & More

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Art Blakey turns 100 in October. He's too important to have to wait till then. So, we've got 3 more tracks from Bu as well as a 'pre-Bu' segment of tunes associated with or inspired by the great drummer. Our chronological Sonny Rollins celebration continues with a 4tet session with Monk @ the 88s. Along the ...

Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959

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In 1959, there were two Charles Minguses: the Mingus you knew and the Mingus you didn't.

In May 1959, Mingus recorded his very best album ever: the incomparable Mingus Ah Um. And I mean incomparable in the literal sense. There is, literally, no other record quite like it. It's a big band, but not ...

Booker Ervin: The In Between -- 1968

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There's a kind of music I like to think of as harder bop. It's a lot like conventional 1950s hard bop, but tougher, more muscular, more cerebral. Booker Ervin's The In Between is that kind of record.

Ervin has an edgy style. It starts with a John Coltrane feel, then pushes a little further. ...

Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961

Read "Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961" reviewed by Marc Davis

I have a new hero: Pianist Horace Parlan. Until recently, I had heard of Parlan, but never really heard him. I certainly never knew his back story. It's inspirational--and his music is pretty damn good, too.

Parlan had a handicap. As a child, he lost some function in his right hand due to polio. ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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One of the most important booking traditions established early on at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is “Monday Student Night" where pupils are admitted for a small fee and are able to see and hear outstanding musicians. Very quickly, Mondays became showcases for two of Gotham's premier music schools--The Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wolfe: The Whisperer

Read "The Whisperer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You can always gauge a bassist-led recording by the players he attracts on the bandstand or in the studio. Proof of this premise is Ben Wolfe's latest, The Whisperer. Just like Charles Mingus had his Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, and Dannie Richmond, and Dave Holland his Craig Taborn, Kevin Eubanks, and Eric Harland, Wolfe is also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Before You Know It, pianist / composer Ezra Weiss provides convincing evidence for the continued health and well-being of good old, straight ahead, gimmick-free modern acoustic jazz. The archetype for Weiss' beefy band and punchy charts would include Art Blakey's expanded Jazz Messenger lineups, some of McCoy Tyner's larger groups from the early-to-late 1970s, or ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Buchbinder: Walk to the Sea

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Now that the exploration of the relationships between different ethnic musics and modern-day improvised music has reached the first of- hopefully-many crescendos, forward-looking artists such as the Canadian trumpeter David Buchbinder and pianist Hilario Duran have been looking at the many intersections of disparate-seeming ethnic musics through the same lens. Never mind the fact that a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2013: The Year In Jazz

Read "2013: The Year In Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The West Coast now has a jazz edifice of its own with strong roots, International Jazz Day grew in scope during year two, jazz made its mark on (and off) Broadway, and the number of musicians lost during the year was large and painful. Here's a look at significant happenings across the jazz world over the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group

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Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists. Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist. He ...