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Content by tag "Norman Granz"

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Duos – Patrice Williamson/Jon Wheatley; Bill Brovold/Jamie Saft; Randy Ingram/Drew Gress; Eraldo Bernocchi/Prakash Sontakke; Cathy Segal-Garcia

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The duet performance format is pretty naked. There is little place to hide for the two instrumentalists taking part in the delicate discourse that is making music. The following are five approaches trying to make the cut of creativity.

Patrice Williamson & Jon Wheatley
Comes Love: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

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50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival
Arnaud Robert
398 Pages
ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3
Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel
2016

It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for ...

Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More... Quietly There

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Are Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen, two American saxophonists playing technically accomplished and downright enjoyable jazz, the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn of our day?

The answer must be Very Likely, to judge from an excellent two-album reissue by Danish company Stunt Records. Hamilton and Allen are featured playing with quartets headed by ...

Various Artists: Verve The Sound of America: The Singles Collection

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Verve is one of the greatest labels in the history of jazz, and Norman Granz was one of jazz's greatest producers. So why is The Sound of America: The Singles Collection such a mess of a box set?

This had such great promise. After all, Verve was home to many legendary performers: Ella Fitzgerald, ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4

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Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy's Big 4
OJC
1975/2013

Concord Music Group kicked off their Pablo Records 40th anniversary celebration with the releases of John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo, 1963/2013) and Sarah Vaughan: Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Pablo,2013) both supplemented by improved programming. These releases have been followed by ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Concord/Pablo jazz reissues include Ellington, Gillespie/Pass, Tatum, Sims, Peterson/Grappelli

Concord/Pablo jazz reissues include Ellington, Gillespie/Pass, Tatum, Sims, Peterson/Grappelli

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on September 17, 2013. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, bonus tracks (some previously unreleased), and new liner notes to provide historical context to the originally released material, the series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the prolific Beverly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20.

Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20.

Concord Music Group will release the two-CD Sarah Vaughan set Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection on August 20, 2013. Featuring six previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes, the compilation celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the jazz label founded by Norman Granz in 1973. The story of Pablo Records is a story of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013

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Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend
Phoenix, AZ
May 17-19, 2013
The 2013 Desert Winds Jazz Weekend celebrated the six-decade career of the late saxophonist Illinois Jacquet with three events that raised $10,000 for jazz scholarships and music education programs in Arizona. The Desert Winds designation was taken from the title of Jacquet's 1964 album for Argo.

ARTICLE: FUTURE JAZZ

Jamming For Dollars

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The History, Care, Feeding and Booking of the Jazz Jam Session

“Fusion and the new stuff? It doesn't offend me, but a lot of the soloists sort of sound alike, like they all learned the same licks from the same school. When I was coming up in the 1940s, it seemed that every corner bar ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Sounding America’s Freedom

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has been at the forefront of musical invention for 40 years and has recently entered a late-career renaissance. In May, 2012, this seminal musician released his greatest effort to date, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform), a 30-year in-the-making testament to the power of civil rights and the importance of artistic engagement in social ...


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