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Content by tag "Maynard Ferguson"

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist, Composer, Arranger Earl MacDonald release new recording “Open Borders”

Pianist, Composer, Arranger Earl MacDonald release  new recording “Open Borders”

Pianist Earl MacDonald, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, is set to release his fifth album as a bandleader—Open Borders. For this project, the two-time JUNO-award nominee assembled a lean and mean 10-piece band, capable of capturing the intimate subtleties of a jazz combo, or packing the walloping punch of a full big ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band, Thelonious Monk

Read "November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis  Big Band, Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! November is packed, so let's get to it:

Episode 127 (live November 1, 2017) looks at the early career of pianist Geri Allen, who died June 27 of this year. Neither of us had listened extensively to her recordings before, so ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Kostur: The Way of It

Read "The Way of It" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Glenn Kostur, a woodwind specialist who can play anything from piccolo to bass saxophone, limits himself to tenor and baritone on The Way of It, a genial session recorded in June 2017 in Greeley, CO, on which Kostur enlists faculty members from the University of Northern Colorado as his back-up team.

Kostur, who ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Shorty Rogers: Short Stops

Read "Shorty Rogers: Short Stops" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

In the 1980s, trumpeter and Kenton alum Mike Vax put together a Supersax-type group called TRPTS. It released an album of harmonized trumpet classics, one of which was “Short Stop." There are lots of great tunes including “Night in Tunisia," “Trumpet Blues and Cantabile," and “Heckler's Hop." Oh yeah, one I never heard, Shorty Rogers' Short ...

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)

Read "Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his superb contribution to Bloomsbury Press' 33 & 1/3 series, Bitches Brew (2015), George Grella notes (emphasis mine):

“No style of art can remain static: irrelevance is just as much a risk as the inevitable decadence that comes from a style developing to its last measure. But fans, including critics, of particular movements ...

Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler: Imagination

Read "Imagination" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist. His credits include recordings and tours with: Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter's Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance. Jeff Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997-2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Rupert is a Pegasus ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

Read "The Eleventet - Please Call" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Transcendent Trombone - Jazz Survivor: The Rick Stepton Story

Read "Transcendent Trombone - Jazz Survivor: The Rick Stepton Story" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Transcendent Trombone
Frank McGowan
Self Published
2017

“Jazz Luck"--a phrase I pull out of the hat every so often that aptly describes those oddball and, in some cases, unfortunate events which practitioners of the art encounter in the business. It's a more apropos term that the commonly-used “Stuff Happens," because ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café

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Gerry Malkin Quintet
The BeanRunner Café
Peekskill, New York
November 12, 2016

The Gerry Malkin Quintet is a quintessential, hard-working, New York area group that plays top-notch music, while going under-recognized in the competitive and crowded metropolitan marketplace. What is atypical of its session-savvy members are jazz pedigrees that run deep ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nick Brignola: Big Horn, Strong Words

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This article first appeared in Coda Magazine in 1978.

With the possible exception of torture, there has never been an art form more maligned than jazz. So, it is inevitable that every once in a while there is an exceptional musician who finds that the financial rewards of being a jazz musician are too ...