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Sonny Rollins: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

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The quantity and quality of music released in 1959 have led many to call it a watershed year for modern jazz. Even just cursory research calls up such landmark titles as John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

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Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonny Rollins Trio & Horace Silver Quintet: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

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To some extent, the concept of glory days equates to fiction based on romanticized truth. When you talk to those who walked the walk at any seemingly important time, you learn that very quickly. Many of them would likely say that there's no time like the present, and the truth is that there's great music and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrea Massaria, Bruce Ditmas: The Music Of Carla Bley

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I brani composti da Carla Bley nei primi anni Sessanta rappresentano una miniera dove i filoni auriferi sono diffusi in modo costante, emanano forza, freschezza, intuizione. Se, da un lato, il guizzo melodico ricorda Ornette Coleman, per altri versi c'è una personalità tutta originale, venata di tante sfumature, che riflettono umori dal Sud America all'Europa del ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

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Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth
Josef Woodard
229 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5
Silman-James Press
2016

A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...

Pete La Roca: Basra - 1965

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When drummer Pete La Roca recorded Basra in 1965, the Iraq war was decades away. Today, the name Basra evokes memories of the 2003 invasion. A recording called Basra in 2016 would probably make listeners think of Saddam Hussein. Not a good association. But in 1965? It was just an exotic-sounding, Middle Eastern name.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A Day With Dave Liebman

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A Day With Dave Liebman
National Concert Hall
jny:Dublin, Ireland
January 31, 2016

Lasting the course in jazz, that's to say, building a successful career that, just like any other job, spans more than half a lifetime, brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing that knowledge with ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Songs To Listen To While Watching Basketball

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Don't let the annoying jibber-jabber of announcers or a deluge of car commercials wreck your game. Turn the sound down and listen to these ten great jazz tracks as you watch your favorite NBA or college team keep the ball alive, jump on the fast break and drive it to the hoop. Basketball was made for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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Since 2008 the non-for-profit label Resonance has put out a number rare historic, previously unreleased, recordings. Saxophonist John Coltrane's 1966 Temple University concert Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance, 2014) and pianists Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard's 1982 duet at Keystone Korner The Magic of 2 (Resonance, 2011) are a couple examples from this treasure trove. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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Manhattan Stories is a trip back in time, a journey to a long gone and long-missed era. It's a window into the great Charles Lloyd's art at a period of transition. The shows presented on this beautifully packaged two-disc set--one recorded at the infamous Slugs' Saloon in the summer of 1965, the other recorded at Judson ...