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ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More

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Putting a show together, I sometimes amuse myself by posing programmatic 'problems' that help break my usual routines. To wit: we offer you two pairs of disparate covers of Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk tunes during the first hour and play word games with tune titles in the second hour.

The 2018 Downbeat Readers' ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jorge Rossy Vibes Quintet: Beyond Sunday

Read "Beyond Sunday" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The dreamy “Beyond Sunday" opens this recording and sets the pace for the whole album. Whilst leader Jorge Rossy is better known as a drummer, especially with Brad Mehldau's trio with whom he's made a dozen records, he's only playing vibes here. Meanwhile the drumming is taken care of by the legendary Al Foster. Whilst this ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams

Read "Monk's Dreams" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

Read "More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977

Read "Espace Cardin 1977" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dexter Gordon left us almost three decades ago, but his presence in 2018 has virtually brought him back to center stage. The release of his biography Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press) by his wife Maxine Gordon, and the previously unreleased Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music) have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cliff Brucker: Full Circle Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle Vol. 2" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Full Circle Vol 2, Albany, New York-based drummer Cliff Brucker and friends reach back to the swing and bop jazz periods to showcase their talents on a set of first-rate standards. These musicians clearly understand the bop trade and what emerges from their collective knowledge is solid and assured music. The entire affair is like ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno

Read "Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Per ricordare il grande pianista statunitense, riproponiamo un'intervista del 1999 che ripercorre la sua vita e la sua carriera, dalla nascita a Brooklyn agli anni passati in Africa fino alla consacrazione dopo il rientro negli Stati Uniti.

Ogni anno, la facoltà di musica dell'università di Harvard, dedica parte del suo calendario accademico all'analisi ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key

Read "Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bob Reynolds, a saxophonist and composer of note with nine recordings under his own name and a work load that has him playing with artists like Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy, Josh Groban, John Mayer and others, pauses when considering the genre of jazz and how he fits in.

Reynolds doesn't have to apply his ...

Cesar Cardoso: Interchange

Read "Interchange" reviewed by Don Phipps

On his album Interchange, Portuguese tenor saxophonist César Cardoso offers up a lively set of original compositions to make the head nod and the heart soar. Cardoso hails from Portugal and his music is vaguely reminiscent of Weather Report--but instead of Joe Zawinul's playful keyboard there is Bruno Santos on guitar, propelling the music forward with ...