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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions

Read "David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Listed alphabetically, as opposed to first, second, and third place, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and David Sanborn are as good as it gets when discussing the best and most influential alto saxophone players of all-time. Now before you say what about Phil Woods or Kenny Garrett or any number of others, let me qualify that this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra: Shiny!

Read "Shiny!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Esce in questi giorni, dopo una lunga gestazione, il debutto da leader di Lisa Maxwell, talentosa compositrice e arrangiatrice nota nell'ambiente del jazz statunitense e negli studios di registrazione. Lisa ha orchestrato e diretto colonne sonore per film e serie televisive, collaborato anche come sassofonista con gruppi rock (Guns 'n' Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King), jazz ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

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Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Guitarists Who Left Us Too Soon

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Ranking musicians is a hopelessly flawed endeavor. It's about as meaningful as having a list of the top ten best tasting foods. Taste is highly individualized, influenced by mood, familiarity, and the way in which multiple variables interact. One person's escargot is someone else's slice of Chicago style pizza. I just took a break and searched ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Big Band tedesche in gran spolvero

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Da almeno trent'anni in Germania operano alcune delle migliori orchestre mainstream d'Europa, ormai famose per le collaborazioni coi massimi jazzisti contemporanei. Tra i vari collettivi, la NDR Big Band di Amburgo e la WDR Big Band di Colonia si collocano oggi ai vertici internazionali, sapendo coniugare alta professionalità tecnica a doti di flessibilità, fantasia e apertura ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Introducing Nir Felder

Read "Introducing Nir Felder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La recente uscita di Golden Age, debutto da leader di Nir Felder (Okeh 2014), conferma i positivi riconoscimenti che il chitarrista ottiene sulla scena musicale di New York. A partire da maestri come Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington o Jack DeJohnette, molti jazzmen l'hanno coinvolto nei loro organici, facendolo conoscere oltre la cerchia del suo pubblico ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ray Russell: Playing with Time

Read "Ray Russell: Playing with Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Each time guitarist/composer Ray Russell releases a new album, it feels like a comeback. Now, More than Ever, Russell's debut on the Abstract Logix label, comes seven years after Goodbye Svengali (Cuneiform Records, 2006), his heartfelt tribute to composer Gil Evans. Although Russell may drop off the radar for periods of time, he's never really far ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Arista Albums Collection

Read "The Complete Arista Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Etta James, Sarah Vaughan & Brecker Bros Box Sets Due in August from Legacy

Etta James, Sarah Vaughan & Brecker Bros Box Sets Due in August from Legacy

The ultimate year-round jazz festival from Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with three new Complete Album Collections from the Sony Music archives family of labels, by the greatest names in modern jazz: THE BRECKER BROTHERS - THE COMPLETE ARISTA ALBUMS COLLECTION (Arista/Legacy) – 8 titles, 8 CDs ETTA JAMES – THE COMPLETE PRIVATE MUSIC ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Broom: Building a Legacy

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Guitarist Bobby Broom had a feel for music at a very young age. He was exposed first to clarinet and violin as a child, but they didn't have an impact on him. Eventually, an old guitar came through the household. It had four strings across an instrument with a small neck.

“I didn't know it ...