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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Parisian Jazz Chronicles

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The Parisian Jazz Chronicles: An Improvisational Memoir

By Mike Zwerin

Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300108060

240 pages

2005

The Parisian Jazz Chronicles is an irreverent and highly revealing tour through the Parisian and European jazz scenes of the '80-90s in the company of musician/writer/hipster expatriate Mike Zwerin, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins, Live at NJPAC

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Sonny Rollins
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
May 13, 2011

The expectations for a Sonny Rollins concert have always been extraordinarily high. One anticipates waves of awe-inspiring solos and jaw-dropping feats of musical dexterity from the saxophone colossus, and more often than not, he delivers. But in recent years, something else ...

Geri Allen: Solo and Quartet

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Geri Allen

Flying Toward The Sound

Motema Music

2010

Geri Allen & Timeline

Live

Motema Music

2010



One of the most accomplished jazz pianists of her generation, Geri Allen has long made music that ...

Hank Jones: With Oliver Jones & the Great Jazz Trio

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Oliver Jones and Hank Jones

Pleased to Meet You

Justin Time

2010

The Great Jazz Trio

Moreover

Test of Time

2010



Hank Jones continues his remarkable late-in-life surge of activity with this new release documenting his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jean-Michel Pilc: True Story

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Paris-born pianist Jean-Michel Pilc continues his impressive series of Dreyfus Jazz releases with True Story, his first album since 2006's New Dreams and the debut effort for his exciting new trio featuring respected veteran drummer Billy Hart and talented Russian-born bassist Boris Kozlov. The 49-year-old Pilc, a resident of New York for the past 15 years, ...

Posi-Tone Saxophones

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Ralph Bowen

Due Reverence

Posi-Tone

2010

Mike DiRubbo

Repercussion

Posi-Tone

2009

Sean Nowell

The Seeker

Posi-Tone

2009

Giving underappreciated jazz artists their due is one of the perks (and responsibilities) of writing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Lalama: The Audience

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Tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama is a respected jazz journeyman probably best known for his more than 25-year tenure with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He's also played and recorded with the Joe Lovano Nonet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and drummer Joe Morello's group, among others. But he's had relatively few opportunities to record as a leader. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Zak: Blues on the Corner: The Music of McCoy Tyner

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McCoy Tyner has justifiably been heralded as one of the most important jazz pianists of the past 50 years, both for his seminal work with the classic John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and for the four decades of consistently exhilarating work as a leader that followed. But while his heavily percussive style, unique chord voicings ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two Tributes to Bille Holiday: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Stepanie Nakasian

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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee
Emarcy
2010

Stephanie Nakasian
Billie Remembered: The Classic Songs of Billie Holiday
Inner City
2010



Dee Dee ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Sanborn: Only Everything

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Only Everything is alto saxophonist David Sanborn's second straight release paying homage to one of his greatest and earliest influences, Ray Charles. While some jazz purists may dismiss Sanborn as a slick TV personality and practitioner of smooth or pop jazz, he's always had firm roots in bluesy, R&B-based jazz, dating to his early days playing ...