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Recent Listening: Kerry Politzer’s Diagonal

Recent Listening: Kerry Politzer’s Diagonal

Kerry Politzer, Diagonal: A Tribute To Durval Ferreira The pianist recruits several of her talented Pacific Northwest colleagues for this album of pieces by a Brazilian composer whose works were central to the rise of the music that became known as bossa nova. Ferreira’s “O Gato,” “E Nada Mais” and other compositions not only entered the mainstream ...

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Dave Douglas w/ Caine & Cyrille + Mary Lou Wiliams

Dave Douglas w/ Caine & Cyrille + Mary Lou Wiliams

Dave Douglas is a trumpeter whose adherence to basic jazz values justifies the title of the new album that he shares with pianist Uri Caine and drummer Andrew Cyrille in their unusual trio. How unusual? First of all, there is no bassist to help with harmonic and rhythmic responsibilities. At the piano, Caine takes care of ...

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Lisa Rich: There Was A Delay

Lisa Rich: There Was A Delay

In the 1980s the singer Lisa Rich seemed on her way to a long and successful career. She was featured with symphony orchestras and her recordings received enthusiastic reviews from critics including Leonard Feather in The Los Angeles Times. She was on the Jazz Times national airplay chart for fifteen weeks. In 1985, she became one ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Bob Wilber, RIP

Bob Wilber, RIP

We have learned that the superlative clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Bob Wilber died at his home in England earlier this month. He was 91. Wilber studied with the New Orleans reed pioneer Sidney Bechet and spent decades extending the Bechet legacy. Unusual among those who specialize in traditional music, Wilber also became adept in the bebop ...

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Joao Gilberto Is Gone At 88

Joao Gilberto Is Gone At 88

The man often called the founding father of bossa nova, died today at home in Rio de Janeiro. Joao Gilberto was 88. Along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered the form that became a phenomenon of popular music in the early 1960s. With varying degrees of authenticity, bossa nova was adapted by performers around the world. ...

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Review: Alan Broadbent’s New York Notes

Review: Alan Broadbent’s New York Notes

Since he moved from California to New York several years ago, Alan Broadbent has expanded his multifaceted ways as pianist, composer and conductor-arranger for major singers including Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Sheila Jordan and the British discovery Georgia Mancio. New York Notes finds Broadbent leading a trio. That is the setting that brought him to the ...

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Recent Listening: Zeitlin Remembers Davis

Recent Listening: Zeitlin Remembers Davis

Denny Zeitlin Solo Piano: Remembering Miles For the most recent of his annual solo concerts at the Piedmont Piano Company in jny: Oakland, California, pianist Denny Zeitlin’s subject was Miles Davis. The recital before the Piedmont’s customary audience of close listeners covered several eras of the trumpeter’s career. Davis composed few major jazz standards, and he had collaborators ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Sing Along With Armstrong And Parker

Sing Along With Armstrong And Parker

Permit me to tell you how my yesterday went. It went badly. Here’s why. I prepared a Rifftides post that included a video. After the preliminary work and I was ready to post, I got a “video unavailable” notification. I settled on another post, put it together and got a second “video unavailable” message. So, I decided ...

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Then There’s This: Brecker With Holmquist And The UMO

Then There’s This: Brecker With Holmquist And The UMO

We have been meaning to call to your attention to an instance in which–unlike, say, the trade talks between the US and China–international cooperation works beautifully. The trumpeter featured on this album is Randy Brecker, one of the leading American players of the Instrument for more than fifty years. He performs with Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, ...

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Ralph Peterson And Company Remember Art Blakey

Ralph Peterson And Company Remember Art Blakey

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: Legacy Alive (Onyx) We continue our survey of albums, mostly recent, all part of the unceasing Rifftides effort to make you aware of music that the RT staff deems worth hearing. As I write, I glance down occasionally at the four stacks of new releases dropped off over the past couple of ...