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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

Read "Messin’ with Mister T" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)

Read "Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Grover Washington, Jr. passed away in 1999 the jazz world lost one of its most successful and talented creators, and in his wake a slew of saxophonists have stepped up to fill the void. None have. jny: Philadelphia jazz deejay Bob Perkins said, of Washington, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, “He was ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Count Basie/Duke Ellington -The Count Meets the Duke (Columbia -1961).
Incontro ai massimi livelli. Sicuramente la sfida ha tirato fuori il meglio da tutti i grandi solisti, che suonano con grande personalità e swing, con Basie e Duke insieme a sciorinare ritornelli blues. Tutto quello che c'è da sapere su come si suona il ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

All Star Tribute to Ralph MacDonald at Holy Cross College

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Etienne Charles with his All Star Band
Jazz on D Hill
Holy Cross College
Arima, Trinidad
May 11, 2014

On a picturesque plateau above the town of Arima overlooking the distant Caroni plains on the island of Trinidad, the Holy Cross College Alumni produced a jazz event ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Grover Washington, Jr.

Grover Washington, Jr.

Grover Washington, Jr., was born on this day in 1943 and died on December 17, 1999. He was a tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist who had huge success as a popular artist, in great part because his 1974 album Mister Magic was high on the pop, soul and R&B charts for weeks. He followed with additional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kathryn Farmer: Moondance

Read "Moondance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Kathryn Farmer brings a very contemporary vision to her jazz singing, one equally informed from the popular and R&B idioms. Her debut, Moondance, offers a spectrum of music treated to her uniquely informed interpretations. Farmer fearlessly re-harmonizes songs for her own visionary purposes, rendering compelling, if not provocative, performances.

Strict constructionists who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Isamu McGregor: Isamu McGregor: Live at the Baked Potato!

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Keyboardist Isamu McGregor has fairly raced out of the blocks, playing or recording with guitarist Wayne Krantz, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Ari Hoenig, bassist James Genus, pianist Jean- Michel Pilc, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and vocalist Jimmy Scott--to name but a few--while still just 22 years old. His debut as leader sees him lead his energetic quartet ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Emiel van Egdom

Read "Take Five With Emiel van Egdom" reviewed by Emiel van Egdom

Meet Emiel van Egdom:
Emiel van Egdom is a musician equally at home in high energy electric jazz or fusion as in romantic classical and contemporary acoustic solo guitar arrangements. With major worldwide releases, he's a highly talented guitarist who has demonstrated the highest levels of musical achievement--Alma Berklee, Jim Hall Jazz Award, USA. ...