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Ronny Johansson: Manhattan

Read "Manhattan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Manhattan, Swedish-born pianist Ronny Johansson's thirteenth album as a leader, is being reviewed on a Friday, the thirteenth (a rather odd coincidence but one that in no way impairs its worth). The album also marks Johansson's seventy-fifth birthday. In honor of the occasion he abandoned his usual trio format in favor of a quartet, adding Rolf ...

Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics

Read "Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon is best known for his long tenure with Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK), beginning with This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records, 2008) and through the majority of that group's releases up to 2017's Loafer's Hollow. But along the way to Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics, he has accumulated an eclectic ...

Hank Jones: In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983

Read "In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Hank Jones' pianistic style was born out of a fusing of Harlem stride piano with the virtuoso approach of Art Tatum and the harmonic daring of bebop. Jones played with just about everyone in a long and illustrious career but remained modest concerning his musical achievements. When French journalist Francis Marmande, interviewing him in 2010, suggested ...

ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty

Read "Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

As I write this, there is a government shutdown in effect due to a budget impasse. What that means to you, kids, is that I am free to do whatever the hell I want without the constrictive Federal Jazz Commission telling me what is and isn't appropriate material for this column. If I wanted to write ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Young / Terry Promane: Octet Vol. 2

Read "Octet Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's a sign of the economic times (and a steadily shrinking audience) that more and more jazz CDs are being released these days in the near-equivalent of a “plain brown wrapper." That's certainly true of Octet Vol. 2, the second recording by Canada's Dave Young / Terry Promane ensemble. That does not mean, however, that the ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

Read "Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms" reviewed by Jim Worsley

So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Eddie Diehl: Well, Here It Is

Eddie Diehl: Well, Here It Is

If you had the misfortune as a jazz musician to come up in the early 1960s, you were likely ill prepared to cope with the seismic shift in the music landscape as rock and soul swept away an entire generation of potential listeners. One of these victims was Eddie Diehl, a beautiful guitarist with gorgeous taste ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hank Jones

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hank Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Hank Jones' birthday today!

The oldest of the three Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and Elvin), Henry “Hank" Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, where he studied piano at an early age and came under the influence of Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Merano Jazz 2017

Read "Merano Jazz 2017" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Merano Jazz 2017
Teatro Puccini
Merano
10-13.07.2017

Da molti anni l'appuntamento di Merano Jazz รจ imperniato su tre concerti e cinque giornate intense di corsi dell'Accademia Mitteleuropea, diretti da Franco D'Andrea ed Ewald Kontschieder. In ogni edizione si invita un artista diverso per la masterclass principale, e dal 2002 sono passati ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...