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NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 4)

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 4)

Personalities don't come much sunnier than Anthony Ortega's and his wife Mona's. Every time I call, I'm welcomed by enormous warmth and kindness. But their dispositions go way beyond words. You can hear an orange glow in the sound of their voices, how happy they are to be with each other and how grateful they are ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 3)

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 3)

Lionel Hampton loved Anthony Ortega's playing in 1953, likening his sound on the alto sax to Charlie Parker's. There are indeed similarities, notably the yearning, bluesy tone and pushing off on the high notes. Anthony wound up in Hampton's band at just the right moment in time, when an amazing collection of musicians had assembled—including Quincy ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 2)

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 2)

Before I launch into the remaining two parts of my Q&A conversation with saxophonist Anthony Ortega, I want to present you with The Street We Took (2007), a 15-minute documentary on Anthony and his wife Mona by filmmaker Andrew Rubin. Andrew generously made his short film available on YouTube after we spoke about its poetry and ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 1)

Interview: Anthony Ortega (Part 1)

If you're a student of liner notes from the 1950s, the name Anthony Ortega should ring a bell. Anthony played saxophone on a range of well-known recordings during jazz's golden decade, including sessions led by Gigi Gryce, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Billy Taylor, Nat Pierce, Maynard Ferguson and others. Anthony also led ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Anthony Ortega

Read "Anthony Ortega" reviewed by Rex  Butters

You know you're talking about a jazz musician when the artist in question has played and recorded with Elvis, Streisand, Sinatra, Lalo Schifrin, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Quincy Jones, Gerald Wilson, Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Paul Bley, Dinah Washington and Frank Zappa, to name a few, while still finding time to record soundtracks, release highly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anthony Ortega: Afternoon In Paris

Read "Afternoon In Paris" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The quixotic enthusiasm of Hatology Records' chief Werner X. Uehlinger for the idiosyncratic music of one- time Lionel Hampton sideman Anthony Ortega continues with this release of a series of solo performances and saxophone-bass duets recorded in 2002 and 2005. The link to Ortega's quiet classic in the sax-bass vein, New Dance (Hatology, 1966), is made ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Anthony Ortega

Read "Anthony Ortega" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Here is a man who has played with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Bley, Quincy Jones, Don Ellis, Dinah Washington, and {{Ella Fitzgerald. Here is a man whose alto saxophone playing has been compared to Charlie Parker's and Ornette Coleman's--both with just cause. Here is a man whose Sixties sessions, long out of print ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anthony Ortega Trio: Scattered Clouds

Read "Scattered Clouds" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Here is unsung reedman Anthony Ortega in the most stripped-down of contexts: in contrast to the nonet that he recorded with on 1994's Neuf, and even to earlier quartet recordings, here he appears in a bare trio setting. There is a piano and drums but no bassist, and one is not missed: Mike Wofford's piano playing ...