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Kris Tokarski Trio At The Jazz Corner

Read "Kris Tokarski Trio At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Kris Tokarski Trio
The Jazz Corner
A Tribute To Lester Young And Pee Wee Russell
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 18 and 19, 2019

Kris Tokarski is a dedicated young pianist keeping the New Orleans and Chicago jazz traditions alive in a modern sophisticated style. His return to ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

Read "Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday/William Dufty
180 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1
Penguin Modern Classics
2018

For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Iron Men

Read "Iron Men" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We end 2018 with a bang as the podcast celebrates its sixth--or iron--anniversary. Did you give your significant other a rose dipped in metal for your sixth? If you didn't, shame on you! Get dipping--it's never too late. As per usual at these shindigs, we discuss groups comprised of the number of musicians that the anniversary ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kansas City and the Territory Bands

Read "Kansas City and the Territory Bands" reviewed by Russell Perry

Outside of the Chicago--New York nexus, jazz thrived during the late 1920's and 1930's in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, with its center in Kansas City. Under the careful control of Boss Pendergast, Kansas City was a wide open town with a thriving night club music scene, nurturing musicians like Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jack Kilby: Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing

Read "Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Jack Kilby and the Front Line is a collaborative effort formed in 2014 in New York City. The ensemble includes members from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia. What is most striking is the span of generations, ranging from twenty-six to forty-six. The album has been released in separate volumes but is now available as one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams

Read "Monk's Dreams" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

Read "More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon
261 Pages
ISBN: #9780520280649
University of California Press
2018

Dexter Gordon became a jazz legend in his own time. He played a key role in the bebop and hard bop movements, created an instantly recognizable style that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jorge Nila: Tenor Time (tribute to the Tenor Masters)

Read "Tenor Time (tribute to the Tenor Masters)" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The four participants on this album all hail from Omaha, Nebraska. Not a town that springs readily to mind in the history of jazz. Although, as drummer Dana Murray, recalls: “In the ballroom days everyone came through--Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington--the list goes on."

But it is the friendship and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977

Read "Espace Cardin 1977" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dexter Gordon left us almost three decades ago, but his presence in 2018 has virtually brought him back to center stage. The release of his biography Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press) by his wife Maxine Gordon, and the previously unreleased Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music) have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: G8S

Read "G8S" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

2018 worldwide news reports have detailed all sorts of technologically-assisted archaeological finds. In the US, a previously unreleased John Coltrane album and other musical discoveries have popped up. And--whaddya know?--here is an unreleased and enhanced set of tracks from the Hipster to the Hip, Giacomo Gates. And it is a helluva find, you dig?