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C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018

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The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel
Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Morgan and George Cables: Montreal Memories

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Montreal Memories is a duet album recorded at Theatre Port Royal on July 1, 1989, featuring two of the most talented jazz artists of any generation, alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables. This is the second duet album they've had released, the first being Contemporary's Double Image in 1987.

A jazz duet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charlie Parker: Now's The Time

Read "Now's The Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the pantheon of jazz saxophonists, Charlie Parker has been among the most transformational of artists, despite not living nearly long enough to fulfill his potential. Parker's lifetime, as a principal architect of bebop, and a self-destructive force, has been documented ad nauseam but his music continues to significantly influence new generations. Since Parker's death in ...

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Art Pepper: Toronto, 1977

Art Pepper: Toronto, 1977

At the end of July 1977, Art Pepper went into New York's Village Vanguard. Recordings of nine sets over three days would be released years later as a nine-CD boxed set called the Complete Village Vanguard Sessions. It was heralded as some of Pepper's finest late-career playing. But a month before his Vanguard run, Pepper was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Cables: My Muse

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When an artist records music less than two years after losing his wife of nearly three decades to pancreatic cancer, it is generally assumed that the resulting album will have an overall melancholic, funereal sound. This is not the case however, for pianist George Cables. My Muse is less an elegy for love, and more of ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto

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Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, achieved a life milestone in her brilliantly liberating sequel to Straight Life--The Story Of Art Pepper By Art And Laurie Pepper (Da Capo Press, 1983), where she rhetorically asked:

“If Art hadn't had me there constantly assessing his mood, taking his aesthetic temperature, would he then ...

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"Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto" To Be Released By Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste Label November 2

"Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto" To Be Released By Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste Label November 2

In 1977, Art Pepper’s jazz comeback had been moving along pretty quietly, and he was still playing bar mitzvahs and weddings, when producer John Snyder helped engineer the alto saxophonist’s first tour outside California. With soul ablaze, with his defiant wit, and with the musical mastery he’d honed throughout his reckless life, Pepper took his first ...

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Gary Alesbrook: Jazz In Movies

Read "Jazz In Movies" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This excellent debut by British trumpeter Gary Alesbrook is notable for four reasons: 1) he's leaping straight from well-known session musician to frontman; 2) he's been playing for 33 years, mostly for high profile, non-jazz bands in the UK like The Super Fuzzy Animals and The Scissor Sisters; 3) while eclectic in his taste and experience, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Pepper's birthday today!

Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton\'s orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

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The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, ...