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I Walked With Giants

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I Walked with Giants

Jimmy Heath/Joseph McLaren

Softcover; 344 pages

ISBN: 1439901988

Temple University Press

2010

The title alone of Jimmy Heath's marvelous memoir speaks volumes about the man. The NEA Jazz Master is himself an acknowledged giant among his peers and his choice to name the book ...

Miles of Miles: Nefertiti, In a Silent Way & Bitches Brew

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Miles Davis

Nefertiti

Sony-Legacy

2009

Miles Davis

In a Silent Way

Sony-Legacy

2009

Miles Davis

Bitches Brew

Sony-Legacy

2009



Taken together, Nefertiti, In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, recorded over ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Larry Willis: Reaching and Teaching

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In a career spanning five decades, Larry Willis has amassed one the most impressive resumes in jazz, including tenures with Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb's So What Sextet and Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, testifying to the high esteem in which he is ...

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On The Flip Side of Sound

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On The Flipside of Sound
Valery Ponomarev
Softcover; 316 pages
ISBN: 1438970463
ArtistHouse
2010

Valery Ponomarev's autobiographical tome tells the fascinating tale of the life of a working jazz musician from a uniquely personal perspective. The Moscow-born trumpeter, who became the first native of his country ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas

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Although jazz aficionados have become accustomed to the regular expansion of the music's vocabulary coming from the Caribbean and South America, virtually nothing in the history of the increasingly diverse genre known as “Latin jazz" has prepared audiences for the uniquely innovative sound of Edmar Castaneda. A native of Colombia, Castaneda plays “el arpa llanera," the ...

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John Ellis & Double-Wide: Puppet Mischief

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This second outing by John Ellis & Double Wide, the versatile saxophonist/bass clarinetist's extraordinary New Orleans-based band, one ups the “serious fun" mentality by inviting a pair of guests--harmonica master Gregoire Maret and multifaceted trombonist Alan Ferber--to augment the unusual quartet of sousaphonist Matt Perrine, drummer Jason Marsalis and newcomer Brian Coogan (replacing Gary Versace) on ...

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Orrin Evans: Faith In Action

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Ever evolving, keyboardist Orrin Evans continues to develop his personal voice and innovative vision of the jazz piano trio tradition, both in terms of repertory and dynamics. On Faith In Action, the versatile player joins forces with his regular rhythm-section mate from trumpeter Sean Jones' group, bassist Luques Curtis, and fellow TARBABY collaborator, drummer Nasheet Waits. ...

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Henry Threadgill: This Brings Us To, Vol. 1

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Henry Threadgill's This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 marks the return of the iconoclastic saxophonist/flautist's Zooid ensemble, his primary public performance vehicle for the past decade. The quintet, although having undergone some significant changes since its previous disc, with bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi and multi-instrumentalist Elliot Humberto Kavee replacing cellist/trombonist Dana Leong and drummer Dafnis Prieto, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joanne Brackeen: Phenomenal Capacity

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One of the most heralded pianists of her era, JoAnne Brackeen came to New York in 1965 after cutting her chops jamming with the likes of Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Charles Lloyd and Dexter Gordon during the waning days of the Central Avenue scene in her native California. After a few dues-paying years here, she landed ...

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Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

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Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Robin D.G. Kelley

Free Press

ISBN: 0684831902

2009

This is an authoritative tome that pulls aside, without completely lifting, the shroud of mystery that has long surrounded one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of jazz. Exhaustively researched ...