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Eumir Deodato: Os Catedraticos 73

Read "Os Catedraticos 73" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 1973, Eumir Deodato was riding high upon the GRAMMY® Award-winning success of “Also Sprach Zarathurstra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)," the Brazilian keyboardist's jazz-rock fusion take on Richard Strauss' classic, from his previous release Prelude (CTI, 1972).

Deodato's next move, Os Catedráticos 73 doesn't mess with that successful formula but throws a ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet
Long Waves
Unit Records
2019

Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

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Jack McDuff: Moon Rappin'

Jack McDuff: Moon Rappin'

As years go, 1969 was a doozy. The country had just come off of two horrible assassinations in 1968 along with news of the Mai Lai Massacre. The following year began with President Nixon's inauguration in January. Any hope that Teddy Kennedy would replace his slain brother in Shakespearean fashion was dashed with the Chappaquiddick incident ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

June 50th Anniversary Blue Notes

Read "June 50th Anniversary Blue Notes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

50th anniversaries of Blue Note recording sessions from June 1969 this week: (1) Stanley Turrentine with McCoy Tyner & Billy Cobham; (2) pianist Jack Wilson's trio; (3) John Patton; (4) Andrew Hill with a string quartet; (5) Brother Jack McDuff's 'Down Home Style'; (6) Donald Byrd's 'Fancy Free.' Sessions (1) & (3) were never released in ...

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Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you order it? Somebody ordered the party platter, because B3 maestro Tony Monaco is delivering. His music is for all intents and purposes a celebration. With The Definition of Insanity, a reference to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he confesses to be under the influence of the ...

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Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Billy Martin & Wil Blades To Release "Shimmy" May 22 on The Royal Potato Family

Billy Martin & Wil Blades To Release "Shimmy" May 22 on The Royal Potato Family

Billy Martin and Wil Blades wanna make you Shimmy. The organ/drums duo waste no time getting right down to it on their debut album due May 22 from The Royal Potato Family in collaboration with Martin's own Amulet Records. Martin and Blades go old school in the tradition of essential organ-groove sides by the likes of ...

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B3 Conspiracy: Sleeping Lions

Read "Sleeping Lions" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's something magnificently earthy and earth-moving about the sounds emanating from a Hammond B3 organ, especially when it's in great hands. Marvelous players such as Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard “Groove" Holmes and Joey DeFrancesco lead the B3 parade. B3 Conspiracy's Sleeping Lions is a doubly delicious dose of organ-driven jazz: not only is there ...

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Brother Jack McDuff: Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring?

Read "Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring?" reviewed by Germein Linares

Though originally released by Blue Note, Brother Jack McDuff's '71 album Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? came after the venerable jazz label's glory days in hard bop and post bop. An album with far more funk and soul than swing and bop, this excellent first-time CD reissue by San Francisco-based Water finds McDuff's organ paired ...

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Brother Jack McDuff: Jack McDuff Big Band

Read "Jack McDuff Big Band" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If you, the gentle listener, were to ever tire of Jimmy Smith following an overdose of the master’s Blue Note catalog, I would direct you to anything by Brother Jack McDuff. A native of Champaign, IL, McDuff cut his teeth with Willis Jackson and Jimmy Forrest and helped a young George Benson get started. McDuff supported ...