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Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz

Read "Legrand Jazz" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Michel LeGrand is best known for his long and fruitful career in movie soundtracks, but as a young man in 1958 he was featured in an arranger's showcase with a collection of jazz masters, including Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis.

Columbia Records in 1958 had an unparalleled roster to offer ...

Alain Mallet: Mutt Slang

Read "Mutt Slang" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist/keyboardist Alain Mallet has been known as much for his work as a producer as for his pianistic accomplishments. Having served as a sideman for Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods and Paul Simon, he's also produced music by vocalists Jonatha Brooke and Grace Kelly. And his compositions have been performed by musicians as diverse as Gary Burton, ...

Gordon Beck: Jubilation! Trios, Quartets and Septets In Session 1964-1984

Read "Jubilation! Trios, Quartets and Septets In Session 1964-1984" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For this 3 CD box set, the estate of Gordon Beck, who died on 6 November 2011 aged 76, granted access to Beck's collection of analogue tapes of live and some studio performances. None of these recordings has ever been previously released. Beck was indubitably one of Britain's finest jazz pianists. He recorded on three key ...

Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith: In-House Science

Read "In-House Science" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Arild Andersen's superb trio with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia had previously released two ECM albums, Live at Belleville (2008), and Mira (2014). Smith and Andersen joined the saxophonist's frequent collaborators, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration (2015) which included “Independency, Pt. 4" from Belleville. In-House Science is the second live album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hal Galper: Cubist

Read "Cubist" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Hal Galper has been in the jazz limelight now for over a half century, establishing his trademark sound in more traditional settings with alto saxophone luminaries Cannonball Adderly, and Phil Woods, and trumpet legend Chet Baker.

Yet in the new century, Galper has turned the piano trio concept on its collective ear, something that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist

Read "Cubist" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Count pianist Hal Galper as another veteran rising like the brightest of stars into a compelling late career zenith. An alumni of saxophone great Phil Woods' 1980s group, Galper found his inspiration of late with an exploration of the Rubato Style of playing, with its flexible approach to tempo and the disassembling of melodies and putting ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15-20, 2017

Mid November in Buenos Aires is a special time of the year. True to the meaning of the city's name, the air is crisp and fresh and blossoming jacaranda trees bathe the greater metropolitan area in a dazzling shower of purple ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers.

“I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bob Lark and Phil Woods

Bob Lark and Phil Woods

By my count, trumpeter and flugelhornist Bob Lark and alto saxophonist Phil Woods have recorded six albums together prior to Woods' death in 2015. Their final collaboration, Thick as Thieves, recorded in 2009 at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, was just released. It's a solid swinger, despite my initial trepidation over the predictable song choices. What keeps the ...