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March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials

Read "March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We've got a nice slug of celebrants to honor in addition to our 'centennialins.' Our best wishes go out to Bill Frisell (playing here with Andrew Cyrille and Wadada Leo Smith, Joe Locke, Charles Lloyd, and Roy Haynes (backing Sarah Vaughan). A very special shout out to Jessica Williams! Enjoy the show!

Playlist Joe Locke ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Webster: Ben Webster's First Concert in Denmark

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This is a small piece of jazz history. In January 1965, Ben Webster, newly arrived in Europe from America, was working out where to settle down. This concert shows why he decided on Copenhagen.

The album starts with Webster making a point about the playing of his former boss Duke Ellington's “In A ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

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"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Beyond Category - Duke Ellington in the 1930s

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In the last hour, we heard Count Basie emerge as an exciting new voice from Kansas City. In this hour, we return to New York to follow Duke Ellington's innovative path through the 1930s as he experiments with longer musical forms while building one of his greatest bands featuring tenor player Ben Webster and bassist Jimmy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two

Read "The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Poetry and music are overlapping forms of expression. Poetry emphasizes the musicality of words. Music has many features of poetry including sound, syntax, and meaning. Still, only a few poets have spoken their poems in a musical context. It is hard to do effectively because speech and music have different functions: speech is about things, intentions, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis and More

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We start this week's episode with one of the finest voices on the vibes who made his way through Kansas City in early December, Joe Locke, with a cut off his new CD Subtle Disguise. From there, we dive headlong into the music of a legend on the drums in Billy Cobham, who was the subject ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Serendip: The Tale

Read "The Tale" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The group Serendip has a common jazz ensemble format: saxophone/guitar/bass/drums. But the music they make is anything but common. With The Tale--music that takes its inspiration from the ancient Persian story The Three Princes of Serendip--Belgian-born and now London-based tenor saxophonist Arnaud Guichard has sculpted a compelling spiritual narrative for his quartet.

The disc ...

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' ...

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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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...