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How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

Django Bates / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Django Bates stellar career has been far less celebrated than it deserves to be, at least on this, somewhat myopic, side of the Atlantic. Born in Kent, on the outskirts of London, he has achieved prominence as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. In the early part of his career he created Human Chain and the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Wouter Turkenburg: Jazz Education in the New Millennium

Read "Wouter Turkenburg: Jazz Education in the New Millennium" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

All About Jazz and Wouter Turkenburg would like to dedicate this interview to the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker (1949-2007). In addition to his prodigious accomplishments as an instrumentalist and band leader, Brecker was an exceptional worldwide teacher and mentor, both by example and instruction in countless workshops and classes. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lungamente atteso, viene pubblicato in questi giorni Agrima dell'Indo-Pak Coalition di Rudresh Mahanthappa, un album dove tradizione orientale e contemporaneità si fondono in percorsi articolati e avvincenti. A nove anni dall'unico lavoro discografico (Apti Innova, 2008) il trio raccoglie i tratti fondanti di quel progetto aggiungendo nuove soluzioni, in un quadro esaltante per inventiva personale e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Idrees Sulieman Quartet feat. Oscar Dennard: The 4 American Jazz Men in Tangier

Read "The 4 American Jazz Men in Tangier" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

La pubblicazione in doppio album di queste sedute del 1959 del quartetto di Idrees Sulieman rivestono importanza in primo luogo per ascoltare il talento assoluto del pianista Oscar Dennard.
Colpevolmente dimenticato, Dennard si rivela uno strumentista di primissimo piano, una voce fuori dal coro tra i pianisti attivi negli anni 50. Un po' strangolato nell'orchestra ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Alex Han: Embracing The Spirit

Read "Alex Han: Embracing The Spirit" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

With a bold, invigorating, and adventurous sound, alto/soprano saxophonist and composer Alex Han is a sonic force on his debut CD, Spirit.

The project was produced by none other than the 2009 Berklee College of Music graduate's longtime employer and friend, the incomparable Grammy-Award winning electric bassist/bass clarinetist/producer/composer Marcus Miller for Miller's own label, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

Meet Tom Wells

Read "Meet Tom Wells" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz"--jny: Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker--Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan--stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local scene. How huge? Well, Tom and Geri once followed the University of Missouri Kansas City's Jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Rainey Obliggato: Float Upstream

Read "Float Upstream" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Tom Rainey's reputation runs toward the “outside." His “worked with" resume speaks loudest perhaps from his collaborations with saxophonist Tim Berne--not a guy given to relaxing into a reverent take of, say,  "What's New" or “Stella By Starlight." So a set of the familiar standards from Rainey comes as a bit of a surprise.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future

Read "An Eye on the Future" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's hard to know in advance exactly what to expect from a big-band album whose title is An Eye on the Future. Luckily, the horizon as leader Keith Karns sees it is rhythmically persuasive, harmonically alluring, acknowledges an indispensable bond to the past and swings like crazy. On this album, it's a tomorrow that also sets ...


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