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Content by tag "Jimi Hendrix"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mário Franco: Rush

Read "Rush" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Portuguese bassist, composer and dancer Mario Franco, describes Rush as “a rock-inspired jazz album." It came, he says, from “an inner need of electric sounds."

Franco, born 1965, started out playing classical music before switching to jazz. He is a dancer with the National Ballet Company of Portugal.

His latest ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

Read "Mike Stern: Half Crazy" reviewed by Jim Worsley

SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

BAN BAM: Music Talking

Read "BAN BAM: Music Talking" reviewed by Ian Patterson

BAN BAM
The Complex
jny:Dublin, Ireland
November 25, 2017

BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre

Read "Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers
The Empress Theatre
The EastWest Sessions CD Release Party
Vallejo, CA
November 10, 2017

Two time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, primarily known as a successful smooth/contemporary jazz musician and vocalist has moved into a new funk and rock oriented direction. Tonight's date at downtown ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The NJE: Afloat

Read "Afloat" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

When a jazz act takes on Jimi Hendrix, you know they do not lack for confidence. Are they experienced? They certainly are, for The NJE (Near Jazz Experience) is led by saxophonist Terry Edwards, whose many credits include Keziah Jones, Tom Waits and P J Harvey.

The NJE trio tackles Hendrix's “Voodoo Child" with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

King Crimson at Lisner Auditorium

Read "King Crimson at Lisner Auditorium" reviewed by Eric Thiessen

King Crimson
Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University
Washington DC
October 28, 2017

The original King Crimson burst like a supernova upon the 1969 music universe, with talents from Jimi Hendrix to Pete Townshend extolling its virtues. The quickly departing band members ultimately would become integral parts of ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival featured excellent performances by some of the lesser known artists, fine concerts by headliners and a great after-hour jam sessions. It was another splendid day with much great music. My day at the fest started out mid-afternoon with a fine performance by accomplished trumpeter ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Wandering Woods: The Wandering Woods

Read "The Wandering Woods" reviewed by Jim Olin

The Wandering Woods' self-titled EP is an invigorating collection of jam-band style improvisation, fusion, and psychedelic rock with a unique twist.

When it comes to music where improvisation is a key element, the chemistry between the band members is obviously extremely important. The Wandering Woods certainly took their time to build a cohesive musical unity ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julian Costello: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Julian Costello has been around the UK jazz scene for a while, but for some years he decided to give up the world of the gigging musician and take up a teaching career. In recent years he's been gigging again and he now leads his quartet on Transitions, a collection of his original compositions recorded ...