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The Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening

Read "On A Monday Evening" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Ricordo interviste in cui Bill Evans puntualizzava l'ossessione per l'esercizio, un'insicurezza stabile, che lo faceva provare in continuazione anche il minimo dettaglio. Sembra grottesco, all'ascolto soltanto del prologo di “Sugar Plum," dove la fraseologia evansiana sgorga come acqua di fonte e dove si intuirebbe un'innata facilità per l'assoluta padronanza strumentale. Ma evidentemente c'era un lavoro febbrile ...

The Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening

Read "On A Monday Evening" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Evans, one of the most influential of jazz pianists, died in 1981. He left a legacy. The brilliant shine of his artistry gained widespread recognition in 1959 with his contribution to Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959), and surged into stellar territory with the release of his own Sunday At The Village ...

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Marc Davis

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the corniest jazz-Christmas album ever made.

And that's OK. It's even good.

I know the dig. What Vince Guaraldi played wasn't jazz, it was lounge music. It was sentimental. It was lightweight. It was sappy.

Yep. All of that.

So what?

Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet

Read "Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet" reviewed by Chris May

Cal Tjader / Stan Getz

Sextet

Original Jazz Classics Remasters

2011 (1958)

The presence of Latin and Afro-Cuban enthusiast, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, has created a widespread misconception that Sextet was the album which sparked tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's fascination with Brazilian music and, ultimately, bossa nova. The notion has, over ...

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Vince Guaraldi: The Definitive Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Definitive Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by David Rickert

Many of us were turned on to jazz before we even knew what it was, thanks to Vince Guaraldi. His soundtracks for the Peanuts television specials were a novel idea in cartoon scoring, yet seemed to perfectly fit the deceptively sophisticated adventures of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. His originals were some ...

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Charlie Hunter: Mistico

Read "Mistico" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista nativo della Bay Area rinnova ancora il suo trio e per questo ultimo album intitolato Mistico si fa affiancare dal tastierista Erik Deutsch e dal batterista Simon Lott, spostando contestualmente il tiro verso un rock venato di funky e di fusion che lascia intravedere meno frequentemente gli stilemi jazzistici che pure fanno parte del bagaglio culturale ...

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The Charlie Hunter Trio: Mistico

Read "Mistico" reviewed by Doug Collette

On the CD tray photo of Mistico, all three members of The Charlie Hunter Trio are shown laughing heartily with each other. It's an appropriate picture, given the joy they exude playing together on this CD of original music by the guitarist/bandleader, which suits the evocative cover art and album title.

The Charlie Hunter Trio sounds ...

Charlie Hunter Trio: Mistico

Read "Mistico" reviewed by Chris May

On Mistico, Charlie Hunter finally, after a couple of near misses, gets in touch with his inner rock guitarist. The disc's immediate predecessors--Copperopolis (Ropeadope, 2006) and Longitude (Thirsty Ear, 2005)--inhabited similarly full-on visceral territory, but here those albums' funk quotients are reduced to practically zero in favor of dirty, confrontational, rock 'n' roll. Nothing on Mistico ...

Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961

Read "The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961" reviewed by George Kanzler

This 45th anniversary issue of all five June 25, 1961 sets by pianist Bill Evans' trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian is rightly considered the crowning preserved achievement of one of the most influential piano trios in jazz history. This group was the coming out of a new, sensitive, interactive mode, a new ...

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Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?

Read "Can You Dig It?" reviewed by Jim Santella

We've all been exposed to the music of Isaac Hayes. His film soundtracks and jazz-tinged funk have had their effect. Today he's also known for his role as a school cafeteria worker in the animated television series South Park. A leading romantic icon in the popular music world, he's given Stax Records a pile of great ...