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How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Randy Weston: Music of The Earth

Read "Randy Weston: Music of The Earth" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pianist Randy Weston has long been known to be a student of his African heritage and proud of it. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Africa, been involved with musicians there--he has been involved with the entirety of its culture. An expert?

“I've lived there for years, man, and I know nothing," ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz

Read "Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz
Fred Hersch
307 Pages
ISBN: #9781101904343
Crown Archetype Press
2017

Disclaimer #1: Like the author, I harbor a blood pathogen (he HIV, me Leukemia) that is intent on killing me.

Disclaimer #2: Being of similar ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story

Read "Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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Could you imagine coffee shops in any North American or European city that played jazz non-stop all day, or bars where, variously, as you quenched your thirst, you heard only Blue Note Records, free-jazz or the music of, say, Miles Davis, according to the bar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille

Read "Lucille" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein continues to curve a niche in the jazz world, but it's not what you might assume. Listeners straightaway assume that he is an idiosyncratic outlier because his sole instrument is the bass clarinet. We've grown accustomed to saxophonists like Eric Dolphy and David Murray doubling on the bass clarinet. Stein's constancy to this one ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roger Beaujolais: Sunset

Read "Sunset" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe it should be a law that every vibraphonist is required to cover Bobby Hutcherson's “Little B's Poem." Okay, perhaps we don't need such a law, but as with pianists covering compositions by Thelonious Monk, a requirement like this would enable us to get the measure of the musician. Here Roger Beaujolais, on his 19th studio ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Potter: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You might not know who drummer Dave Potter is, but you should. Whether stoking the flames in Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet, adding rhythmic flair to the recordings of bassist Will Goble, or leading the charge on his own, Potter has something incredibly positive to say.

With You Already Know, Potter shrewdly mixes it ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giulio Stermieri: Stopping

Read "Stopping" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Basta scorrere la scaletta del disco per farsi un'idea dei riferimenti musicali di questo piano trio e apprezzarne preventivamente il coraggio: un brano a testa di Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman e Paul Motian, ben tre di Carla Bley. Non male.

Certo, il coraggio di fare cotante scelte non immunizza dalla possibilità di ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond
Paris Bistro and Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
August 26, 2017

The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens.

Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...


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