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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Piano in Solitude

Read "Piano in Solitude" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There are people who play the piano, and then there are some who create a whole other state of consciousness with it. While these three may not be among the more common household names in the jazz world, here they each offer a master class in the craft to make you wonder just why the hell ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More

Read "Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The 587th Episode of Neon Jazz is ushered in by the sounds of Lewis Porter on the keys and followed by those of his friend Dizzy Gillespie. From there, we look into Kansas City-born, New York-based trumpeter Dave Scott with a cut off his new CD In Search of Hipness. We then move on to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lewis Porter: Piano Solo

Read "Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The solo format is, quite often, a window into an artist's soul. For Lewis Porter, performing all by his lonesome at the piano, it also serves as a showcase for a tripartite balancing act between patience, impulse, and calculated intellect. In an autonomous state, left to his own devices and desires, this pianist-scholar produces music that's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Liebman: Archives and Improvisations - The Past and the Now of a Life in Jazz

Read "Dave Liebman: Archives and Improvisations - The Past and the Now of a Life in Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Prolific saxophonist, composer, band leader, and educator Dave Liebman is a living legend, an NEA Jazz Master who has been making waves since the 1970s and never stops growing, learning, and discovering. His autobiography, What It Is (Scarecrow Press, 2012, with Lewis Porter) is an honest probing of his more than half century experience as a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil Scarff: Ragas on Saxophone

Read "Ragas on Saxophone" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Plenty of Western players have been inspired by the exotic sounds and qualities of Indian music. It's a much smaller number who've formally studied its classical traditions, however, and fewer still have been successful enough to master the forms and play to the acclaim of Indian audiences. Quick--can you name one off the top of your ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four

Read "A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lewis Porter is living proof that the marriage of a wide knowledge base and an open mind makes for a beautifully creative whole. As an esteemed author, a revered academic, a highly respected composer, and a first-rate pianist, Porter operates from a unique, variable-angle vantage point occupied by few others. He knows from whence this music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery

Read "Beauty & Mystery" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A somber, modern/Romanticist solo piano “Prologue" beautifully opens jazz scholar, historian, and accomplished pianist Lewis Porter's Beauty & Mystery, his fourth disc as a session leader.

Accompanied throughout this often inspired recording by bassist John Pattitucci, sought after Grammy-winner and frequent trio companion drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and high-flying, rep-rising saxophonist Tia Fuller, Porter ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017

Read "Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Featuring Odean Pope
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane
Philadelphia, PA
July 21, 2017

Fifty years ago, almost to the date, John Coltrane passed away at mid-career. In an all too brief ten plus year ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ashley Kahn: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece

Read "Ashley Kahn: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in November 2000 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

Ashley Kahn, the author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (Da Capo Press, 224 pgs.), is Music Editor at VH1, and was the primary editor ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jared Pauley

Read "Take Five with Jared Pauley" reviewed by Jared Pauley

About Jared Pauley
Jared Pauley is a keyboardist, composer, producer and educator based out of New York City. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, he started playing the guitar and the piano as a teenager and grew up on a healthy mix of The Doors, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Herbie Hancock, and other artists. After ...