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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ahmad Jamal: Marseille

Read "Marseille" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Four years between studio albums is a long gap by Ahmad Jamal's standards. Not that the 87-year-old pianist has been idle since the widely acclaimed Saturday Morning (Jazz Village, 2013). He's released two live albums in that time--Live at The Olympia (Jazz Village, 2014) featuring Yusef Lateef and Live in Marciac 2014 (Jazz Village, 2015)--and remains ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Katie Thiroux: Walking a Classy and Swinging Line

Read "Katie Thiroux: Walking a Classy and Swinging Line" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Katie Thiroux, a young musician out of jny: Los Angeles, plays the bass and sings with equal conviction. Her musical experiences began with classical, but a career in jazz is what she eventually focused on and Thiroux--who received several accolades while climbing the tricky stairway of such a career--is making good strides.

A sideman ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eric Revis: Trajectory From The Tradition

Read "Eric Revis: Trajectory From The Tradition" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The development of an individual voice on the contrabass is important to Eric Revis, one of the strongest players on the scene. His power and musicianship has endeared him to some of the finer musicians, and bands, in jazz. But Revis isn't content to let things lie there.

Not that he has to be ...

Andreas Dreier Trio: Poinciana

Read "Poinciana" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There's no doubt when the soft tapping of drums announces a beat as light as lovers dancing through a summer night. This is the signature of one of the greatest cover versions of all time. Or rather, this is the watermark of a cover made into a new composition. Pianist Ahmad Jamal's trio now virtually owns ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 16-21, 2013

After three action-packed days at Sligo Jazz Project, with SJP founder/bassist Eddie Lee and drummer David Lyttle's world premiere of The Barinthus Suite providing an unforgettable highlight, the first signs of attrition amongst the students were beginning to show. The non-stop nature of the ...

Rivorecords: Blue Notes from Buenos Aires

Read "Rivorecords: Blue Notes from Buenos Aires" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, a blue note is defined as: “A microtonally lowered third, seventh, or (less commonly) fifth degree of the diatonic scale, common in blues, jazz and related musics."

Moving beyond musical theory, the term is most commonly associated with the groundbreaking jazz label Blue Note, founded in 1939 ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ahmad Jamal Trio: The Legendary 1958 Pershing Lounge & Spotlite Club Recordings

Read "Ahmad Jamal Trio: The Legendary 1958 Pershing Lounge & Spotlite Club Recordings" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmad Jamal Trio

The Legendary 1958 Pershing Lounge & Spotlite Club Performances

Solar Records

2011

“Play like Jamal," trumpeter Miles Davis is reputed to have told his pianist Red Garland in the mid 1950s. We can but speculate how Garland reacted to this request, assuming the story is true. It ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Face of the Bass: The Atlas of Jazz

The great Milt Hinton often said that the bass is the “Atlas of jazz" because its role in the jazz band is to “carry the other instruments on its shoulders." "Bass" is often misspelled as “base" but the meaning is very similar in music, that of "foundation." In early jazz bands, bassists played the bass fiddle, the tuba, or the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62

Read "The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62" reviewed by David Rickert

Ahmad Jamal

The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62

Mosaic Records

2010

If you're familiar with pianist Ahmad Jamal, it's more likely through his reputation and not through his music. Trumpeter Miles Davis famously remarked that Jamal taught him to be more economical in his playing: that the notes that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62

Read "The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62" reviewed by Eugene Holley, Jr.

Ahmad Jamal

The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62

Mosaic Records

2010

“When I listen to these records now... when I listen to the Pershing, it's phenomenal, I must say. What they were doing, phenomenal, the lines and the purity. It's so pure ... It was sheer joy working with ...