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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre

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Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers
The Empress Theatre
The EastWest Sessions CD Release Party
Vallejo, CA
November 10, 2017

Two time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, primarily known as a successful smooth/contemporary jazz musician and vocalist has moved into a new funk and rock oriented direction. Tonight's date at downtown ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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The Last Waltz 40 Tour
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
February 3, 2017

On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

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La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

Not Feelin’ All Right: Guilt and Those Cheap Imported Box Sets

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When I was in high school in the '70s, I bought a jazz record with an unusual request in the liner notes. The artist--I think it was Chick Corea--asked fans not to tape his record and pass it around to friends.

He said (and I'm paraphrasing from memory): “If you like jazz and you ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dr Lonnie Smith: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Inizia col contagioso groove di “Play It Back" il nuovo disco di Lonnie Smith, tornato a incidere con la Blue Note dopo 45 anni d'assenza. L'organista lo scrisse negli anni d'oro dell'hammond B-3, alla fine dei sessanta, ha sempre tenuto il brano in repertorio e oggi lo ripropone nel nuovo gruppo con due batteristi e Robert ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kendrick Scott Oracle: We Are the Drum

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Primo lavoro per la Blue Note per il gruppo Oracle del batterista Kendrick Scott, formazione robusta e flessibile al tempo stesso, grazie alla presenza di musicisti di buon valore come Taylor Eigsti al piano, Mike Moreno alla chitarra, John Ellis alle ance e Joe Sanders al basso.

Un jazz pulito quello del quintetto, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mindi Abair: Game Changer

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You know a dream is like a river,
Ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel,
That must follow where it goes.

--"The River," vocals by Garth Brooks, lyrics by Victoria Lynn Shaw

You know what it's like to wake up in ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

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Charles Lloyd
Arrows Into Infinity
ECM Records
2014

Undoubtedly deserving the title modern day saxophone titan Charles Lloyd has made one of the most important contributions to the art better known as contemporary or modern jazz. Widely recognized as one of the most timeless and significant musicians in the ...