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Les McCann

Already established on the soul jazz scene of the 1960s, Les McCann became an international jazz superstar with the release of “Swiss Movement,” recorded at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival with the late Eddie Harris. The album generated a multi-million selling hit single, "Compared To What," and placed McCann and Harris in the forefront of the jazz market. There was a lot more to Les McCann than that show in Switzerland,both before and after. As a musician, he moved comfortably from one jazz style to the next, demonstrating impressive chops from bop to fusion, from vocals to virtually any kind of keyboard he puts his hands to. Born in 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky, Les is a self-taught musician

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Trio: Un Lungo Viaggio nella Musica Nera.

Read "Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Trio: Un Lungo Viaggio nella Musica Nera." reviewed by Paolo Marra

Lo Spiritual Trio di Fabrizio Bosso è tra i progetti più interessanti del panorama jazz italiano degli ultimi dieci anni. Con estro e originalità, Bosso l'organista Alberto Marsico e il batterista Alessandro Minetto, continuano la loro personale esplorazione di brani del repertorio della musica nera tra gospel, blues e soul. Il risultato è convicente ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More

Read "Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode acknowledges a few of the outstanding and important female jazz improvisers who are becoming more and more prominent in the 21st century. You'll hear music from the mutual admiration duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Aki Takase, French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal displaying her talents on three differently focused albums, Estonian take-no-prisoners saxophonist Maria ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jon Batiste Releases Second Village Vanguard Installment Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard — Available Now On Vinyl!

Jon Batiste Releases Second Village Vanguard Installment Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard — Available Now On Vinyl!

The inimitable musician and bandleader, Jon Batiste, releases Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard on November 1. Recorded during his six-night residency in the fall of 2018, the live album is a follow up to his recent critically acclaimed release, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, and is part two of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

For his 2019 debut Too Far, Too Close, Costa combines electric jazz, rock, and blues into his own guitar sound with European sophistication and style that resonates from his homeland of Italy. “My favorite thing is the sound of the record," Costa explains. “It's got a great modern tone with a vintage feel." Too ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana

Read "Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana" reviewed by Arthur R George

Jeff Chambers, long a go-to jny: San Francisco Bay Area bassist, looked at death closely and decided it was not yet his time. In 2017 his medical chart revealed Stage IV prostate cancer, commonly and fearfully an endgame diagnosis. Prostate cancer affects African-American men with almost twice the frequency as other races, and is almost twice ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cathy Segal-Garcia: The Jazz Chamber

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On this album, Cathy Segal-Garcia, a vocalist and educator on the Los Angeles jazz scene, comes up with something special, working with a chamber orchestra and a group of jazz musicians to produce a wide-ranging program that veers from lush romanticism to complex jazz-funk. On much of the disc, Segal-Garcia's thick, classically formal voice, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Alterman Trio with John Sandfort at The Jazz Corner

Read "Joe Alterman Trio with John Sandfort at The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

The Joe Alterman Trio with John Sandfort The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island October 12-13, 2018 The Joe Alterman Trio played back-to-back nights at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, with special guest John Sandfort joining on tenor saxophone. The quartet played two openers together before Sandfort ...

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Nice Jazz Festival 2018

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Nice Jazz Festival Nice, France July 16-21, 2018 The 2018 Nice festival started like a damp squib when a crashing, flashing thunderstorm hit the city an hour before the opening. The ensuing deluge made the stages and electrics unsafe. With no chance of rescheduling, most musicians left town for their ...

Groovemeisters: Dennis Coffey and Barry Goldberg

Read "Groovemeisters: Dennis Coffey and Barry Goldberg" reviewed by Doug Collette

Any musiclover worth his or her salt will testify to the fact that some of the best instrumentalists are the greatest unsung heroes. Playing during any given era of rock and roll, blues, jazz or funk, in any cross-fertilization thereof, session players, sidemen and collaborators of comparatively low profiles can be part and parcel of the ...


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