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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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The description “spiritual jazz" means different things to different people. It was first applied to the predominantly African American style platformed by the Strata-East and Muse labels in the early and mid 1970s. The tag was not introduced until a decade later, and a better one would have been “cultural jazz," despite the tautology--for although every ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Naima/Live in Berlin

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Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Django Bates: The Study of Touch

Read "The Study of Touch" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Folletto imprevedibile e difficilmente etichettabile della scena creativa britannica -salta con disinvoltura da lavori orchestrali al piano solo, da composizioni per il teatro e per il cinema a commissioni di musica sinfonica, da collaborazioni con Tim Berne e Bill Bruford a quelle con George Russell e George Gruntz -Django Bates è stato elemento propulsivo fondamentale nella ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Riley: Inspiring Innovation

Read "John Riley: Inspiring Innovation" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Foremost an innovator, John Riley has always been a “drummer's drummer" in the world of straight-ahead jazz. With nearly a hundred recordings, a dozen videos, and five books under his belt, Riley is a veritable font of knowledge in the bebop realm. In this article, we take a look back at some of his musical endeavors ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra

Read "Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like it or not, a new wave of young composer / arrangers has surfaced, scrupulously guiding big bands into heretofore uncharted waters, now and then smooth, at other times choppy, but always intriguing and inspired. Maria Schneider, George Gruntz, Jim McNeely and Carla Bley were among the pacesetters, followed in short order by such (relative) newcomers ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

George Gruntz Remembered

George Gruntz Remembered

The death of George Gruntz last Thursday brought responses from dozens of the musicians who played in his Concert Jazz Band over the past 40 years. The Swiss pianist, composer and arranger hired an international who’s-who of players for his annual tours in Europe, the United States and South America, among other places around the globe. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon

Read "Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a focal point of the bebop and hard bop revolutions. Later in his career, he achieved the status of an American icon with his lead role in Bernard Tavernier's 1986 film, Round Midnight, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination. His “homecoming" in New York City, after living in Europe ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Miles Davis: The Definitive Miles Davis at Montreux DVD Collection 1973-1991

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Miles Davis
Miles! The Definitive Miles Davis at Montreux DVD Collection 1973-1991
Eagle Eye Media
2011

With the release of Live at Montreux: Highlights 1973-1991 (Eagle Eye Media, 2011) a couple of months back, notice was served of a much more ambitious collection, bringing together all of Miles Davis' concerts ...

Miles Davis: Live at Montreux - Highlights 1973-1991

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Miles Davis

Live at Montreux--Highlights 1973-1991

Eagle Eye Media

2011

When Miles Davis plugged in towards the end of the 1960s, it may have been a huge shot fired across the bow of the jazz intelligentsia, who loudly cried foul and began the first of many accusations of “selling ...