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Wild Bill Davison: The Danish Sessions

Read "The Danish Sessions" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Wild Bill Davison was aptly described by Humphrey Lyttelton as the kind of drunken reveller who throws his arms around your neck one moment and tries to knock you down the next. Aside from his drinking, Wild Bill was, more importantly, a white Dixieland cornet player of considerable ability, with a fierce, uninhibited attack, whose heroes ...

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The Commodore Master Takes

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CD Capsule

Take a generous scoop of traditional New Orleans jazz, with its intricate three-horn counterpoint, add a hard-driving, hell-for-leather beat, shake well, and you've got Chicago-style jazz. No ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Because of circumstances too complicated and mundane to relate, there will be no Monday Recommendation today. Stuff happens. Maybe there will be a Tuesday Recommendation tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a Rifftides post that appeared nearly ten years ago. Possibly you had forgotten about it. The staff has removed outdated links and added video that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants

Read "The Jazz Giants" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a fiery, extroverted approach to playing that originated in the 1920s Chicago and mirrored his hard living. By 1968, when he recorded The Jazz Giants for the Canadian label Sackville, he had mellowed and his tone had become more melodic. A democratic leader, Davison allows the five, underrated practitioners of “prebop ...

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Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks at Newport: July 30, 2015, 7:30pm (Eve of the Newport Jazz Festival) at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center (49 Touro Street Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840). Free and open to the public. “Now it’s our pleasure to present a young man who has astounded the jazz world with his amazing talent in the last two years. ...

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Last Call Late Night Jam This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Last Call Late Night Jam This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Often at late night jam sessions, when the bartender is about to give “last call," the best jazz of the evening can be heard and savored. Those who stick around get rewarded with some of the hardest swinging, most creative music there is. It was on a night like this, at the end of the Sacramento ...

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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 ...

Papa Bue: 80 at 80

Read "80 at 80" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of duffle coats, beards, sandals and sunglasses. It was the age of Trad. It was how European youth discovered jazz. Britain had Chris Barber, Ken Colyer and, a little further down the line--by which time newspaper headlines were referring to ...

Josh Berman: Old Idea

Read "Old Idea" reviewed by Nic Jones

If it really is about old ideas, as the title of this album by cornetist Josh Berman states, then the ones expressed here are done so in collective tongues fresh enough to be transformative, from mouths breathing new life into them. Berman has been a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music community for awhile now, and ...

Garvin Bushell: One Steady Roll

Read "One Steady Roll" reviewed by Nic Jones

Garvin Bushell's autobiography, published in 1988, is called Jazz From The Beginning. There's no hyperbole about that title considering he was a musician who worked with both Fletcher Henderson and John Coltrane. This session was recorded later in his life--in California in 1982--and the music hews closer to the Henderson model than it does the Coltrane, ...