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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Andreas Varady: Guitar Wizard On The Rise

Read "Andreas Varady: Guitar Wizard On The Rise" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Listening to Andreas Varady play guitar, it's difficult to guess his age. Its not just the fleet fingers across the fret board, the subtle bending of notes and the dexterity. Many young players display those features. He possesses a warm tone, a mature style with free-flowing ideas that go to interesting places. His style is mature ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
May 4-6, 2018

From the hilltop vantage point the Irish Sea lies veiled under a blanket of thick mist. Greystones, five miles to the right, birthplace of the great Christy Doran, peeks out, seemingly floating above the misty clouds like a Roger ...

Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman

In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

Read "Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he approached the age of ninety, Cecil Taylor could be excused for some of his indulgences. Still highly opinionated on a range of subjects; still chain smoking, still harboring old resentments, and so on. For a man from whom new ideas sprang constantly and effortlessly, Taylor could get stuck in real-world dramas. He had a ...

Andreas Varady: The Quest

Read "The Quest" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Early-career hype can be a peculiar mix of blessing and curse. Andreas Varady certainly deserves the praise he gets, and one could hardly ask for a more generous mentor and endorser than Quincy Jones ("It's not every day that you see a 15-year-old kid playing like George Benson!"). Pre-teen virtuosity and study of influences, however, inevitably ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

All About Jazz is celebrating George Benson's birthday today!

Appreciated as both musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has always placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 16th Independent Music Awards

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 16th Independent Music Awards

Multi-Award winning guitarist, composer and bandleader Roman Miroshnichenko was among the nominees announced by the Music Resource Group (MRG) in the 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential honors for independent artists and releases. More than 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording

Read "In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

27 marzo 1965. Parigi, Teatro dei Champs--Élysées. Il quartetto di Wes Montgomery si esibisce per gli appassionati parigini e conferma di essere uno dei gruppi più interessanti del momento. Il sassofonista Johnny Griffin si aggiunge in tre brani e si alterna al chitarrista per assoli scoppiettanti e carichi di guizzi improvvisi e colpi d'ala maestosi. Il ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

The Gift of Music (Part 1)

Read "The Gift of Music (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Holidays are the season of gift-giving and music makes the perfect gift. So here's the first of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note.

Happy Listening!

Playlist

Donald Fagen “The Nightfly" from The ...