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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Catherine Russell: Bring It Back

Read "Bring It Back" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City vocalist Catherine Russell is the brilliant eutection of two bright tones. Her father, the late Luis Russell, collaborated with Louis Armstrong as his bandleader and arranger. Russell's mother was the inestimable Carline Ray who concluded her seven decade career with her debut as a leader Vocal Sides (Self Produced, 2013) before passing away ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
April 19-April 27, 2013
There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...

Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1

Read "Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1" reviewed by Skip Heller

Author's note: Michael Ricci has ordained me with the power to come to you once a month and throw a little information your way. A lot of great music falls through the cracks, often enough because the people who make it don't live comfortably in some nice categorical box. If you're someone who prefers music to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Al Hibbler: Holding a Thrill

Al Hibbler: Holding a Thrill

Before Sam Cooke, before Clyde McPhatter, before Ray Charles and before Earl Coleman there was Al Hibbler. Blind from birth, Hibbler began his recording career in 1942 with Jay McShann's band, when Charlie Parker was in the reed section. Then in 1943, he joined Duke Ellington, a tenure that lasted until 1950. A dispute with Ellington ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

George Russell: The Story of an American Composer

Read "George Russell: The Story of an American Composer" reviewed by Duncan Heining

This article, adapted by the author, appears in Chapter 4 of George Russell: The Story of an American Composer, by Duncan Heining (Scarecrow Press, 2010).

New York, NY

It was May 1945, the war was still on, Bebop was at its height in New York and George Russell and his two ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75

Read "Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

"Years ago it would have seemed an impossible dream to get to record with this musical magus, but here we are... and what a thrill!" class="f-right">--Charlie Kohlhase, From liner notes to Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd (Nada, 2001)


I see him suddenly as if in a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: An Unconventional Backstory

Read "Giacomo Gates: An Unconventional Backstory" reviewed by Sean Dietrich

Giacomo Gates brings a rich, full-bodied timbre to the vocal jazz table. His pure vocalese approach has earned him lauds among critics, who hail him a champion artist in the modern jazz genre. He's been performing alongside the most recognized artists in the industry, using only his voice to produce a broad range of spectral color. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sonny Rollins: Vol. 1

Read "Sonny Rollins: Vol. 1" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Sonny Rollins
Vol. 1
Blue Note / Music Matters
2009 (1956)

Often lost and forgotten in the mix of spectacular albums saxophonist Sonny Rollins made for the Prestige label in 1956 (including “all-time" sets Saxophone Colossus and Tenor Madness) and his second Blue Note effort, Sonny Rollins Vol. 2 (1957), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anna Estrada: Obsesion

Read "Obsesion" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

When Elis Regina died, most Brazilians thought that the vacuum created by her loss could not be filled. Then along came Rosa Passos and Anna Estrada. The two vocalists did not jostle for a position in the vacant slot that Regina left behind, however both have filled it individually with the extraordinary breadth and scope of ...