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Miles Davis: Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6

Read "Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As discussed at length in the liners by Ashley Kahn, the general consensus at the time (and a theory Miles' held strongly too) was that his landmark Quintet --Miles Davis, John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and flight fingered pianist Wynton Kelly--was on its last leg, and you could cut the personal and creative ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream

Read "I Know I Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent has practically done it all over the past twenty years, selling north of two million albums, putting her gorgeously delicate stamp on standards, introducing fresh tunes into the canon, racking up awards, and bringing her flawless voice to fans in more than fifty countries. But one thing she hadn't done prior to this point ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bria Skonberg: In Flight

Read "Bria Skonberg: In Flight" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bria Skonberg's roots are in a city more than 2,000 miles--and a different country--away from jny: New Orleans and the traditional jazz music identified with region at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But when she puts her trumpet to her lips and plays, whether with her own quintet or another formation, running through a standard ...

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

Read "When You Wish Upon a Star" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bill Frisell's America is a true land of musical opportunity. It's a place where portraits of bucolic beauty can mingle freely with reflections on gritty urban jungles, giving voice to anything and everything from the lighter side of life to the dark underbelly of existence.

This inimitable guitarist's body of written work, along ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

Read "Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 is a stellar package of Weather Report concert recordings focusing on that phase of this groundbreaking group's career where they were truly rock stars visiting from a jazz world. It stands as further affirmation of the constant change implied in their name as much as their continual transcendence of the jazz-rock ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

Read "Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981" reviewed by John Kelman

While live documents from Weather Report's 16-year run continue to be unearthed, and while live albums have previously documented the group's 1978 tour, there's been precious little from its final tours of 1980/81, when the group returned more decidedly to its jazz roots with one of the best albums in its discography, 1980's Night Passage. Only ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jaco: Original Soundtrack

Read "Jaco: Original Soundtrack" reviewed by John Kelman

With so many compilations already out there, it might be easy to question why a soundtrack to JACO is even necessary. But one look at the track listing renders its raison d'être clear: JACO: Original Soundtrack is, in some ways, the most comprehensive document of the bassist's career, even if it doesn't contain as much music ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee's Feathers

Read "Dee Dee's Feathers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Much has been said and written about the resilience of the people, culture, and spirit of New Orleans, but the music that continues to come out of NOLA confirms that truth better than any speech or essay ever could. For the story of that fair city--good, bad, and bruised as it has been--can only truly be ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jenny Scheinman’s "The Littlest Prisoner" Out May 6 On Sony Masterworks

Jenny Scheinman’s "The Littlest Prisoner" Out May 6 On Sony Masterworks

The Littlest Prisoner, the latest from critically-hailed singer, violinist, composer and arranger Jenny Scheinman, will be released May 6 on Sony Masterworks. Her eighth studio album, The Littlest Prisoner follows Scheinman’s 2012 release Mischief & Mayhem, which All About Jazz called “a near-flawless package of musical craftsmanship.” Scheinman, whom The New York Times has called “full of playful ideas” and “a soulful, generous ...

The Bad Plus: The Rite Of Spring

Read "The Bad Plus: The Rite Of Spring" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Calculation and risk, bombast and glory, a complete shunning of expectations, and a penchant for the provocative, percussive and dramatic. It's hard to know if that description is meant to be applied to Igor Stravinsky's most heralded work or the collectively-operated trio known as The Bad Plus; it's hard to make that distinction because it rings ...