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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance

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The emotive power of Arthur Blythe's bracing alto saxophone tone and flighty phrasing set him apart from many of his generation. A poet, a muezzin, an angry activist, a lamenting lover: Blythe conjured a broad array of sonic images through his nonpareil approach to music. The beloved altoist, who had battled Parkinson's disease for the past ...

Fusion

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This article was originally published in 2003.

Since the early 1970s, fusion music has served as an appreciable back door for people seeking an entry into the complexities of jazz. The term “fusion" refers to the blending together of jazz, rock, world music, classical, or other influences into a concrete whole. Most often it's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz

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This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in June 2001.

A true jazz pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell was one of the earliest musicians to experiment with the fusion of jazz and rock styles. Originally from Galveston, Texas, Coryell moved to New York in 1965, at a time when the city's music scene ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Willie McBlind: Bad Thing

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Many elements comprise the spirit of the authentic blues, from the weary, lonesome and forlorn lyrics and voices to the bent, plaintive notes coaxed from weather-beaten, jury-rigged instruments. It's that off-kilter, almost microtonal aspect of true blues tonality that is too often overlooked by cover artists and wanna-bes who reduce the music to three chords and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz Lives: Till We Shall Meet and Never Part

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Jazz Lives: Till We Shall Meet and Never Part
Jaap van de Klomp and Scott Yanow
Hardcover; 223 pages
ISBN: 9789022993538
VIP Books
2008



Now and then a book comes along that defies all expectations. Jazz Lives, a collaboration between Dutch photographer Jaap van ...

Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet: For the Children

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This release in the Cadence Jazz Historical Series (recorded in February 1995) is full of surprises, none greater than the successful intertwining of a former Jazz Messenger with one of the premier free-jazz rhythm teams. Saxophonist David Schnitter isn't the best-known of the Messengers tenormen, having joined the outfit during the comparative down-time of the 1970s. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael Wolff: The Art of Communication

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The idea of music as communication is as old as music itself, and has become just about as clichéd as some of its referents. Igor Stravinsky once opined that music was powerless to communicate anything. And, truth be told, the number of active instrumentalists who can successfully communicate thoughts, feelings, concepts and dogmas without words is ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Wolff: Impure Thoughts On Hold

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Pianist Michael Wolff has some of the most expansive vision of anyone working in jazz today. Born in the California High Desert, raised in New Orleans and now making his home in Manhattan, the well-traveled, big-eared Wolff is never short on surprises for his listeners. With his dazzling Impure Thoughts ensemble on hiatus, Wolff's two current ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Kindred Spirits

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The liner notes tout this band as “a veritable who's who among the Los Angeles area's most accomplished studio and big-band artists." That's quite true, which is precisely why Kindred Spirits falls a bit flat. It shares much of its personnel with most every other white big band project in Southern California, which makes it essentially ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Charlie Peacock: Exhibits Curiosity, Returns to Jazz Roots

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Nashville pianist, composer and author Charlie Peacock has raised a lot of eyebrows with 2005's Love Press Ex-Curio, the scintillating first release from his label, Runway Network. It marks his first full-on jazz effort in nearly three decades, a bold step away from the lucrative world of contemporary Christian music. The album is the latest in ...


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