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Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

Read "Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior

Read "Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

For many decades, Philadelphia has been home to a cadre of multi-generational jazz musicians who go on year-after-year composing, arranging and performing some of the best, highest level music to be heard anywhere. This tradition is exemplified in no better way than by alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Bobby Zankel.

Zankel apprenticed with legendary ...

Brotherly Jazz

Read "Brotherly Jazz" reviewed by Ken Dryden

The Heath Brothers
Brotherly Jazz
DanSun Productions
2006



The Heath Brothers-- bassist Percy, saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Albert “Tootie --are covered in great detail in this documentary about one of jazz' most beloved families. The film lovingly intertwines their individual and collective stories, augmented by concert footage from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Heath Brothers: Jazz Family

Read "Jazz Family" reviewed by Jim Santella

Straight-ahead mainstream material – with solos from piano, guitar, trumpet, and each of the Heath brothers – makes for a listenable session. The ensemble has a genuine swing that sets your foot tapping and your head bobbing; this kind of atmosphere could even coax a wallflower out onto the dance floor. The big band arrangements on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Heath Brothers: Jazz Family

Read "Jazz Family" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There’s no gainsaying this album’s title: Philadelphia’s Heath brothers — Jimmy, Percy and Albert (a.k.a “Tootie”) truly are a Jazz family, perhaps even Jazz royalty, if such exists. On their second release for Concord, the monstrously talented brothers have invited some close friends and long–time colleagues to take part in a first–rate session of straight–ahead Jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Heath Brothers: As We Were Saying...

Read "As We Were Saying..." reviewed by AAJ Staff

If you wanted to suck, the Philadelphia jazz scene of the 1940s and '50s wasn't the place to do it. The competition was intensely fierce, and with cats like John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith and Benny Golson running around (when they weren't moving to nearby New York), it was generally understood that an improvisor had ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Heath Brothers: As We Were Saying...

Read "As We Were Saying..." reviewed by Douglas Payne

This friendly, swinging session is Jimmy, Percy and and Albert “Tootie" Heath’s first together since 1983’s Brothers and Others on Antilles. On their own, these guys have logged memorable time with the greatest names in jazz – from Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson and, in Percy’s case, The Modern ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Heath Brothers: As We Were Saying...

Read "As We Were Saying..." reviewed by Robert Spencer

Oh man. Does this swing from the get-go, or what? And such a deal. Not only do you get the three Heath brothers: Jimmy on tenor and alto, Percy on bass and cello, and Al ("Tootie") drums, but they’re joined by the one and only Slide Hampton on ‘bone, Stanley Cowell on piano and kalimba, Sir ...