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Rastko Obradovic Quartet: The Northern Experience

Read "The Northern Experience" reviewed by Chris May

Heads up. New kid on the block. Rastko Obradovic is a 24-year old Serbian saxophonist with bags of talent. He has his own voice, is a characterful composer and resourceful arranger, and sounds like he has what it takes to go the distance. Born and raised in Belgrade, Obradovic studied Jazz Performance at the ...

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July Jazz Birthdays

Read "July Jazz Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Celebrate and give thanks for these jazz voices—honored in this month of their births. Playlist Junior Cook “Illusion of Grandeur" from Somethin's Cookin' (Muse) 00:00 Cal Tjader “Mood For Milt" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 09:25 Cal Tjader “Cubano Chant" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 13:49 Don Patterson “S'Bout Time" from The Exciting New Organ ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Thelonious Monk Revisited

Read "Thelonious Monk Revisited" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Thelonious Monk once said “play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the ...

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Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Read "Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected ...

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Baden Powell: Tristeza on Guitar

Read "Tristeza on Guitar" reviewed by Chris May

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD reissue programme has begun. Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell's Tristeza on Guitar is among the first of these discs. Originally released in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

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Raphael Confiant: Madame St-Clair

Read "Raphael Confiant: Madame St-Clair" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Madame St-Clair, la regina di Harlem Raphaël Confiant 240 pagine ISBN: # 978-8862225663 Stampa Alternativa 2017 Pur non eguagliando i capolavori del genere, “Madame St-Clair" è un esito letterario ben fecondo dell'afrocentrismo contemporaneo. Ne è autore lo scrittore martinicano RaRaphaël Confiant, cantore dell'identità creola-antillana in stretto rapporto con il ...

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Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

Read "Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has ...

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rotterdam 1969

Read "Rotterdam 1969" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's a succulent and long-hidden treat for Duke Ellington aficionados: a wide-ranging and reasonably well-recorded concert performance by the Ellington orchestra from 1969 at the Do Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Many of Ellington's tried-and-true favorites are here, along with a number of lesser-known themes such as tenor Paul Gonsalves' feature, “Up Jump"; “Come ...

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A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White

Read "88 Tones of Black and White" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

China is rarely thought of as a geographic source of jazz from the perspective of westerners, partly due to a less than robust presence of the genre and partly because the country remains closed off in many respects. In the past ten years or so, only a handful of “jazz" recordings have come out of the ...


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