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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Brown: Quiet Time

Read "Quiet Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bassist and bandleader John Brown was last heard backing Nneena Freelon on her Christmas (Brown Boulevard Records, 2013) release leading one of his decidedly larger ensembles. Quiet Time finds the bassist pared down to a classic trumpet-saxophone quintet size for a recital of after-hours tunes. Brown's fronting horns are trumpeter Ray Codrington and saxophonist Brian Miller. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Greg Lewis: Organ Monk: American Standard

Read "Organ Monk: American Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dan Bilawsky was mightily impressed with Greg Lewis' two previous Organ Monk offerings, Two in the Black (Self Produced, 2012) and Organ Monk (Self Produced, 2010), where he notes the challenges to non-piano surveys of Thelonious Monk's canon. Greatly in absence is the element of Monk's percussive pianism. But Bilawsky notes that Lewis compensates for this ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper

Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival  Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Rochester, NY: John Nugent and Marc Iacona, Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) today announced the lineup for their biggest festival ever, to be held over nine days June 21-29, 2013. The XRIJF 12th Edition will feature Bob James & David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, ...