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Paul Heller: Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller

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Granted, Paul Heller meeting Roman Schwaller isn't such a big deal here in the States. It is, however, quite a big deal in Germany and western Europe as a whole where Heller and Schwaller are among the reigning monarchs of the tenor saxophone, akin to such American twosomes as Ammons / Gordon, Sims / Cohn or, ...

Thelonious Monk Inside Out: A Fresh Perspective On His Music

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Over the years, Thelonious Monk has resided in our collective minds and hearts like the extra-terrestrial “E.T." or Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, or some such alien figure whom we don't fully understand yet love and enjoy. His music shocks and disturbs us, yet we take great pleasure in it like a jolting ride ...

2017 Howard University Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen

Read "A Tribute to Geri Allen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist / composer Geri Allen, one of the Howard University Jazz Studies program's distinguished alumnae, left us far too soon, succumbing to cancer on June 27, 2017, two weeks after her sixtieth birthday. During a career that spanned more than thirty-five years, Allen performed and recorded with a who's who of renowned jazz artists from Ron ...

Michael Weiss: Building an Identity

Read "Michael Weiss: Building an Identity" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Michael Weiss is a jazz pianist and composer. His mastery of the hard bop style (he cites Horace Silver as one of his greatest influences), as well as his breadth of experience accompanying some of jazz's most acclaimed soloists, have made him a key figure in the New York jazz scene. His long-standing association with saxophonist ...

Johnny Griffin: At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall

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Quando queste tracce vengono registrate ad Amburgo, nel 1975, il jazz è forse nel suo momento più critico, abbandonato da ampie fette di pubblico, sedotto o dalla più muscolare fusion o dal rock progressivo. A dispetto della nascita di decine di nuove formazioni e dell'incremento delle produzioni discografiche, specie negli Usa si era perso quel senso ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

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The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

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Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

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Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording

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27 marzo 1965. Parigi, Teatro dei Champs--Élysées. Il quartetto di Wes Montgomery si esibisce per gli appassionati parigini e conferma di essere uno dei gruppi più interessanti del momento. Il sassofonista Johnny Griffin si aggiunge in tre brani e si alterna al chitarrista per assoli scoppiettanti e carichi di guizzi improvvisi e colpi d'ala maestosi. Il ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording

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Resonance Records has done it again--where it is polishing up an old find for the great-sounding and excellently-presented (and not least, legitimate) release it deserves. As par for the label's course, this package boasts quality mastering and a top-notch insert of liner notes, photos and background commentary. It also marks this famous performance's first authorized release ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

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My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...