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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXIII Edizione

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Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Sant'Anna Arresi 1-9.9.2018

Mettendo insieme una buona dose di ironia e di amara verità, il direttore artistico del festival Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz, Basilio Sulis, ama definire Sant'Anna Arresi come Periferia dell'Impero. Da trentatré anni, tuttavia, nella prima settimana di settembre questo lembo di Sardegna ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

Read "Aretha in Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Kofi: Point Blank

Read "Point Blank" reviewed by Chris May

British saxophonist Tony Kofi has made a specialism of heritage projects. Among the best of them is the Monk Liberation Front, a band which Kofi co-founded with pianist Jonathan Gee in 2003 and which performs Thelonious Monk's music. The work of Julian Cannonball Adderley is the focus of another venture. An early spin-off from the Front ...

Eric Sierveld: Walk The Walk

Read "Walk The Walk" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Eric Sierveld's debut outing with the newly formed Organic Quintet is, true to its name, an organ driven affair which shares many similarities with some of the most traditional organ-based endeavors of the past five decades. Even the smoky production values of soaring brass and organ walls clashing with cymbal crashes are present in this production ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women 2018 – Part IV

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part IV" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Proceeding unabated is women's conquering of jazz...

As Is: Alan & Stacey Schulman
Here's to Life
Self Produced
2017

This husband-and-wife, full-ensemble recording, Here's to Life, is the sophomore effort following Alan and Stacey Schulman's duet debut, A Love Like Ours (Night, Night The Elephant Productions, 2015). The ...

Organ Grinder Swing–Adrienne Fenemor, Little Charlie, Matthew Kaminski, Music Soup, King Louie & LaRhonda Steele

Read "Organ Grinder Swing–Adrienne Fenemor, Little Charlie, Matthew Kaminski, Music Soup, King Louie & LaRhonda Steele" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There are certain things that evoke memory more than smells and sound. Unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes, just lit, make me think of my dad's office in the 1960s. Unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes, iced-cold Budweiser in the bottle, and organ jazz and blues, make me think of what dark, urban dives should smell, taste and sound like ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dr Lonnie Smith: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Inizia col contagioso groove di “Play It Back" il nuovo disco di Lonnie Smith, tornato a incidere con la Blue Note dopo 45 anni d'assenza. L'organista lo scrisse negli anni d'oro dell'hammond B-3, alla fine dei sessanta, ha sempre tenuto il brano in repertorio e oggi lo ripropone nel nuovo gruppo con due batteristi e Robert ...

Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo – Blue Note 4263

Read "Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo – Blue Note 4263" reviewed by Marc Davis

Alligator Bogaloo is very much a product of its time--1967--and it is extremely groovy.

Start with the cover. A woman with crazy eye makeup wears a nutty hijab-like getup and is waving her arms like an early-day Bangle walking like an Egyptian. Tres psychedelic.

Well, no surprise there. It's April 1967. The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades "the future," anointing him the heir apparent “to carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." Blades shoulders that responsibility with nonchalant virtuosity and infectious groove on his forthcoming studio album, Field Notes, out August 19 from Royal Potato ...