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ARTICLE: RADIO

From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

Read "From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonistically speaking... this episode has an abundance of fine saxophonists lurking throughout, from Glen Hall (with Gil Evans in Gil's last project) to Frenchman Denis Guivarc'h with Hubert Dupont to Jake Wark with Chicago pianist Matt Piet. You want more? David Liebman in No Fast Food, the late Dewey Redman, Matt Nelson with Brandon Lopez, Brad ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gilad Atzmon: The Spirit Of Trane

Read "The Spirit Of Trane" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Duke Ellington's exquisite “In A Sentimental Mood," the first track on their memorable team-up album for Impulse! is here given a luscious treatment with the subtle addition of strings. “Invitation," the Coltrane version of which was found on Standard Coltrane a 1962 Prestige release but actually recorded in 1958. Like that version it's given a slow ...

Dwight Trible: Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)

Read "Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Having worked with the likes of the Pharoah Sanders Quartet and Kamasi Washington the musical fit between Los Angeles native Dwight Trible and Manchester's Gondwana records should be self- evident. This album was conceived as a combination of joint favourites and spiritual jazz classics chosen by Trible and Gondwana label boss Matthew Halsall, after a couple ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Free Jazz / Black Power

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Free Jazz / Black Power
Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli
256 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-62846-039-1
University Press of Mississippi
2015

Forty four years after its publication in French, Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli's thought-provoking, fiercely intellectual book Free Jazz/Black Power finally finds its way into English, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combine a British jazz-rock outfit with an American vocalist. Put them on stage at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival. Record the gig, pop the tapes in a safe place for over 40 years, then give them to the talented team at Gearbox Records. The result is Live 1970, by Nucleus With Leon Thomas, a beautifully produced, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Roger Farbey



Almost forty five years after it was thankfully captured on tape, this first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert by British jazz rock pioneers Nucleus performing with American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas features a truly fascinating set of Thomas' repertoire and blindingly good performances all round.

This seemingly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Azar Lawrence Quartet at the RG Club

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Azar Lawrence Quartet and Special Guests
RG Club
Venice, CA
November 2, 2012-July 21, 2013

Venetians like to consider themselves among the hipper denizens of the Los Angeles area, yet remarkably, there hasn't been a Venice jazz club in over 20 years. And any neighborhood that aspires to “hipness" better be able to boast of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dwight Trible: Pasadena, CA, August 11, 2012

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Dwight Trible
Boston Court Theater
Pasadena, CA
August 11, 2012

Unique: from the Latin unicus, denotes “one of a kind; being without equal." Its connotation, a bit less restrictive, expands the definition to include: rare and uncommon. Even with the significantly more liberal definitional range, “unique" remains one of the more egregiously abused words in ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Santana: Welcome

Read "Santana: Welcome" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Santana

Welcome

Columbia

1973

Once upon a time there was a guitar god who had grown bored with all his fame, riches and glory. He longed for something more than another multi-platinum selling record. He desired not simply acclaim, but respect. He knew to get it he would have to walk ...

NEWS: RADIO

STLJN Audio Archive: The Leon Thomas Album

STLJN Audio Archive: The Leon Thomas Album

For this week's installment of the StLJN Audio Archive, we revisit The Leon Thomas Album, originally issued by the late singer and East St. Louisan Leon Thomas in 1970 on the now-defunct Flying Dutchman label. In contrast to Thomas' sparse debut recording. Spirits Known and Unknown, which positioned him as part of the music's avant-garde, his second ...