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Full House

Read "Full House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Wes Montgomery's recording of his June 25, 1962 live performance at the Tsubo Jazz Club in Berkeley, California intersects significantly with two recent Resonance releases. One intersection involves the Wynton Kelly trio, comprised of pianist Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. It was with this same trio that Montgomery would record his essential Wynton ...

Riverside: The New National Anthem

Read "The New National Anthem" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nato da un comune interesse per la musica e la figura di Jimmy Giuffre, il Riverside Quartet è una delle numerose formazioni attraverso le quali il trombettista e compositore Dave Douglas veicola le visioni di una mente vulcanica e in perenne movimento. Ad aleggiare come musa ispiratrice, in questa seconda uscita di Douglas e del co-leader ...

Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz

Read "Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Historically the cornet was the quintessential jazz instrument but over a century of its evolution other instruments have also become part of the regular jazz armamentarium. These include common ones such as the piano, saxophone, bass and drums to the more occasionally appearing violin, clarinet and other percussion instruments. There are few, however, that exhibit unique ...

Meade Lux Lewis: The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis

Read "The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis" reviewed by Marc Davis

In three decades of professional writing, I don't think I've ever used the word “twee." But I'm about to.

Look it up. Dictionary.com says “twee" means “affectedly dainty or quaint." Put another way: Unnaturally cute.

That's the celeste in jazz. It's cute and dainty and thoroughly unnatural. What's more, it's a mood ...

Riverside: Riverside

Read "Riverside" reviewed by Troy Collins

The collaborative quartet Riverside was initially founded by Montreal-based tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas to explore the legacy of groundbreaking American composer and multi-reedist Jimmy Giuffre. Long admired by fellow jazz musicians for his innovative use of counterpoint, microtonality and rhythmic freedom, Giuffre has rarely received the sort of popular acclaim his body of work deserves.

Dave Douglas: Riverside

Read "Riverside" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Forse per una certa attitudine alla discrezione, Dave Douglas non ha mai reso esplicite nei titoli dei propri album le profonde attenzioni da lui tributate ai grandi della musica di cui si è occupato. Eppure nella sua discografia ci sono alcune tra le più pregnanti e intelligenti focalizzazioni sul mondo artistico di altri musicisti, con un ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Riverside Returns to the Laser's Edge with its 10th Anniversary Release

Riverside Returns to the Laser's Edge with its 10th Anniversary Release

For the band's 10th anniversary, Riverside has prepared a special three song EP entitled Memories In My Head. The release marks the band's return to the Laser's Edge, which will release the EP throughout North America on June 28. Memories In My Head contains 33 minutes of fresh music. “This new material, concerning (for obvious reasons) the themes of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Read "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery" reviewed by Chris May

Ask a dozen jazz guitar fans for their all-time top guitar albums and The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery is likely to be high on every list. If it isn't, chances are Montgomery's live set Full House (Riverside, 1962), recorded two years later, will be. With these discs, Indianapolis-born Montgomery (1923-68) gave the guitar its ...

Cannonball Adderley: The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York

Read "The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Jazz musicians are antisocial when measured by the public's standards. Tell someone you're a musician, and the response is: “What's the name of your group?" Truth of the matter is that, the MJQ and Art Blakey notwithstanding, group identity seems an ill fit with the music's emphasis on individual expression. For this reason, it's all too ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy Heath Orchestra: Really Big!

Read "Really Big!" reviewed by Joel Roberts

The ten-piece band on this invigorating 1960 Riverside release by Jimmy Heath wasn't “really big, but the talent level of the artists certainly was. How about Clark Terry on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, brother Cannonball on alto sax and either Tommy Flanagan or Cedar Walton on piano? Plus, all three Heath brothers (Jimmy on tenor ...