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NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

First Single “Prayer of Jabez” is a Tribute To Marvin Gaye, Whom She Toured with for 4 Years Wilmington, DE: As a highly-regarded, in-demand composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Fostina Dixon has been honing her craft for decades as a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

Read "New Jazz Standards, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave

Read "Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave" reviewed by Chris May

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Wave

CTI/A&M

1967

Singer, guitarist, pianist and--above all--composer Antonio Carlos Jobim was among the first artists to be signed by producer Creed Taylor when he set up CTI Records in 1967. The Brazilian, who helped launch bossa nova internationally when his tune “Desafinado" became a Top 10 ...

Soul And The Abstract Proof: Searching For Soul And Its Meaning In Jazz

Read "Soul And The Abstract Proof: Searching For Soul And Its Meaning In Jazz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What, exactly, is “soul?" This word is used so often in discussions and writings about music, but I wonder if anybody can actually define its very essence and place in the musical universe? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists no less than eight different definitions for soul and, while some of them have a decent grasp on what ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Byars: Studying Unsung Heroes

Read "Chris Byars: Studying Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

[Introduction by Teddy Charles]

It's not easy to be Chris Byars. With an incredible array of talents brought to bear on his composition, arrangements, and cooking jazz performances, it's no wonder he's worked his way to the forefront of the myriad of jazz players overwhelming the scene.

For me, our felicitous association led to multiple gigs ...

Patricia Scot: Once Around the Clock

Read "Once Around the Clock" reviewed by Samuel Chell

This reissue has at least two pleasant surprises: first, the revelation that, before discovering and promoting the gold mine that came to be known as smooth jazz, Creed Taylor was a musician of impeccable taste and discrimination; second, the rediscovery of an original vocalist/pianist who once toiled in piano bars in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor as well ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

It's the Economy, Man!

Read "It's the Economy, Man!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the present (and future) state of the economy here in the States is no laughing matter, there has been at least one tongue-in-cheek article about jazz musicians seeking bailout money from Congress and the Bush administration (still in power when it was written last December). It's presented as a straight “news" story, but musicians' ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy Cleveland (: Introducing Jimmy Cleveland and His All Stars

Read "Introducing Jimmy Cleveland and His All Stars" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the finest jazz and studio trombonists to make a name for himself in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Jimmy Cleveland has recorded with just about anyone who is anyone in the history of the music. To name just a few of those lucky enough to have had Cleveland on hand at various gigs or sessions, ...