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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts

Read "Friendly Ghosts" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following undergraduate studies, virtuoso pianist Adam Fairhall took a Master's degree at Leeds College of Music, receiving a MMus in Jazz Studies (Performance) in 2005. Whilst at Leeds he studied with pianist Mark Donlon and took lessons with British jazz composer Matthew Bourne. The title of his album Friendly Ghosts, Fairhall's debut recording as a soloist, ...

ARTICLE: MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Alexander Hawkins

Read "Alexander Hawkins" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica
È molto difficile rispondere ma spero che, in qualche modo, il tratto principale della mia musica corrisponda al tratto principale di me stesso.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me
Gioia, apertura, generosità, e che non abbiano paure nel fare musica.

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Read "Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Uncompromising Expression:75 Years of the Finest in Jazz
Richard Havers
400 pages
ISBN: # 978-1-4521-4144-2
Chronicle Books
2014

It's probably still a bit of an understatement to suggest that Blue Note Records has become one of the most iconic labels associated with recorded jazz. Now in its 75th year, ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Something Smoky and Something Blue

Read "Something Smoky and Something Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

With Vincent Herring's alto providing the clarion call that ushers in the troops for a quicksilver performance entitled “Elation," it became clear that the analog warmth of this particular vinyl release possessed a tangible charm that was undeniable. So while this reviewer had previously reviewed Herring's The Uptown Shuffle as heard in the CD format and ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery

Read "Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the fastest-rising stars of the UK jazz scene, pianist Alexander Hawkins is remarkable in that he shines equally in both the further reaches of free improvisation and the creation of ingeniously crafted charts. Indeed, Hawkins' particular talent might be in bringing the two so close that it's hard to distinguish between them. At times ...

NEWS: RADIO

Australian Songstress Nina Ferro This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Australian Songstress Nina Ferro This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: Australian songstress Nina Ferro offers up a program of jazz ballads and sophisticated standards. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. A native of Melbourne, Nina Ferro started singing at the age of 14, and ...

NEWS: TECHNOLOGY

Blue Note Records Launches Innovative New Spotify App

Blue Note Records Launches Innovative New Spotify App

EMI Music’s legendary Blue Note Records has announced the launch today of an innovative new app within the popular online music streaming service Spotify. The Blue Note app provides a rich user experience by creating a space to explore and discover music spanning the entire history of the label from 1939 to present. The app traces ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Derrick Bang: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

Read "Derrick Bang: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Vince Guaraldi at the Piano
Derrick Bang
390 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7864-5902-5
McFarland Books
2012

Based on Derrick Bang's encyclopedic biography of pianist Vince Guaraldi, you can draw two perhaps surprising conclusions about the subject's contribution to jazz.

First, Guaraldi arguably hipped more listeners to this musical form ...

NEWS: RADIO

A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

A Night at Nick's This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

We invited Riverwalk Jazz listeners to share their memories of Nick's in the Village, and the phones began to ring off the hook. We heard from one man who had gotten engaged at the bar, one who was an Olympic athlete, and several who were musicians who had played at Nick's. These listeners, and others, contribute ...