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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Filippo Vignato Quartet e Trio Sclavis, Pifarély, Courtois alla Casa della Musica di Parma

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Parma Jazz Frontiere
Parma
Casa della Musica
18-19.11.2017

Con grande coerenza e rigore, fra concerti e presentazioni di libri, laboratori di formazione e incontri, la ventiduesima edizione del festival diretto da Roberto Bonati è in corso di svolgimento fino al 12 dicembre. I due concerti qui recensiti possono ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

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We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rotterdam 1969

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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 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

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With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Complete" Louis, Duke, Bessie and Charlie Boxes Coming in October

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with four more Complete Album Collections from the Sony Music archives family of labels, by the greatest names in jazz and blues: LOUIS ARMSTRONG – THE COMPLETE OKeh COLUMBIA & RCA VICTOR RECORDINGS 1925-1933 (OKeh/Columbia/RCA/Legacy) 10 titles, 10 CDs; CHARLIE CHRISTIAN – THE ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Johnny Hodges: Second Set

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Johnny Hodges
Second Set
Avid Records
2011

Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges left Duke Ellington's band in 1951 feeling underappreciated and underpaid and convinced that he would have better luck on his own. Unfortunately he was never able to turn his considerable artistry into a lucrative career, and was back with ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

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Since its foundation during the European revivalist movement of the early 1950s, Copenhagen-based Storyville Records has grown into a major repository of New Orleans, big band and mainstream recordings. With something approaching 600 releases in its back catalogue, the label is a treasure trove of jazz that swings.

Founded in 1952 by Danish jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Abdullah Ibrahim & The WDR Big Band, Cologne: Bombella

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The emotion of an Abdullah Ibrahim record can be pleasantly overpowering. Bombella, featuring Cologne's WDR Big Band--arranged and conducted by Steve Gray--overpowers with both passion and majesty. From score to large soundstage, Ibrahim translates his regal persona into some of the most memorable music he has ever written, including African Symphony (Enja/JustinTime, 2001), African Suite (Tiptoe, ...