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ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Massimo De Mattia: la libera ricerca musicale

Read "Massimo De Mattia: la libera ricerca musicale" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra i flautisti italiani dediti alle musiche extracolte, Massimo De Mattia si distingue non solo per l'alta qualità artistica ma per la scelta di operare stabilmente nell'universo della libera improvvisazione. Una definizione che De Mattia trova impropria e che preferisce sostituire semplicemente con «musica contemporanea». Come dice in quest'intervista è una musica: che si rivela, si ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Go Slow: The Life Of Julie London

Read "Go Slow: The Life Of Julie London" reviewed by Michael Owen

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 12: For the Night People" of Go Slow: The Life of Julie London by Michael Owen (Chicago Review Press, 2017). All Rights Reserved.

In 1965, after three years of largely recording pop tunes under Liberty Records' hit-making producer Snuff Garrett, Julie London was eager to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bud Shank and Three Trombones

Bud Shank and Three Trombones

Bud Shank was among the most recorded West Coast jazz reed players. He was on more than 600 known sessions, according to Tom Lord's Jazz Discography. Heard most often on alto saxophone, Bud began his recording career in 1947 with Ike Carpenter and then with Charlie Barnet in 1948 before joining Stan Kenton's Innovations Orchestra in ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

A giant of jazz journalism silenced

Read "A giant of jazz journalism silenced" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Nat Hentoff was an old-school intellectual whose favorite topic--whose very touchstone--was, throughout his life, jazz.

At one point in the 1990s, Hentoff--who passed of natural causes on Jan. 7--announced that he was giving up writing about jazz to focus on topics that seemed more critical--free speech and civil liberties, which he felt were under ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an eventuality that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bud Shank: Shorty Rogers, 1954

Bud Shank: Shorty Rogers, 1954

If you're looking for an introduction to West Coast jazz or simply want the pure stuff, Bud Shank's recordings for the Pacific Jazz label in the 1950s are a great place to start. Bud had a sterling, aggressive sound on the alto saxophone, with the feel of a sports car pulling away from the curb. His ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

June Christy: Bossa Nova, 1963

June Christy: Bossa Nova, 1963

If you search June Christy's discography for Bossa Nova, you'll see that the song was never released on an album, just as Capitol single. For years, the song has escaped Christy fans. The music was written by Christy's husband, Bob Cooper, and the words were by Rogers Turrentine, a television writer. Last summer, Turrentine uploaded the ...

Bob Cooper: Four Classic Albums

Read "Bob Cooper: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Bob Cooper was one of the greats of the fifties West Coast scene. He was a formidable improviser whose proficiency on multiple instruments made him highly sought after for studio work, and was also a talented arranger whose had plenty of work in the studio on both big band and small group recordings. However, he seldom ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bastet: Eye of Ra

Read "Eye of Ra" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Billing themselves as “original modern West Coast Jazz," I half- hoped to see Shelly Manne and Bud Shank pop up amongst the credits on Bastet's debut album Eye of Ra. Alas, the music of this Bay Area-based quartet apparently has very little to do with the Los Angeles- based West Coast jazz scene that spawned such ...