Content by tag "Birdology"

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Bill Dixon: Envoi

Read "Envoi" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Poco più di un anno fa, il 16 giugno 2010, moriva Bill Dixon. Circa un anno dopo la Victo ha edito questo CD che riporta l'ultimo concerto del maestro, registrato il 22 maggio 2010 (quindi meno di un mese prima della sua morte) al 26° Festival International de Musique Actuelle di Victoriaville. Oltre a trovarci di fronte ad ...

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Peter A. Schmid & Vinny Golia: Birdology

Read "Birdology" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Just in time for spring, Leo Records releases Birdology, a collection of duets played by reed regent Vinny Golia with Swiss gastroenterology specialist and fellow horn collector Peter A. Schmid. Their common interest in Benedict Eppelsheim’s tubax, a newly redesigned contrabass sax, impelled their initial contact. Then the synchronicities began falling into place. Like Golia, Schmid ...

Jackie McLean: The Jackie Mac Attack Live

Read "The Jackie Mac Attack Live" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Last year, with no fanfare whatsoever, this outstanding recording was reissued by Birdology, the reissue arm of Dreyfus Records. It features one of the greatest alto saxophonists in jazz history, in a 1991 club performance, going for broke, and in the process, making an album for the ages.

McLean starts the proceedings off with a bang, ...

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George Coleman: My Horns of Plenty

Read "My Horns of Plenty" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

This reissue of George Coleman’s recording My Horns of Plenty is a real treat for those wanting to hear the sheer talent of a lesser known saxophonist. Coleman enjoyed his greatest exposure when Miles Davis, who had a knack for surrounding himself with great musicians, featured him early on in his great '60s quintet. But since ...

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Bill Evans: Homecoming

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“The last two years I was here were perhaps the happiest years of my life.” This was Bill Evans, talking about Southeastern Louisiana College, where he graduated in 1950. You know what happened: he went to New York, had a memorable stay with Miles Davis, and became one of the most influential pianists in jazz. His ...

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Bill Evans: Homecoming

Read "Homecoming" reviewed by Douglas Payne

It seems virtually every one of piano great Bill Evans's (1929-80) performances were recorded during the last two years of his life, when he had his last - and arguably superior - trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera. As more recordings continue to surface, it is evident that this was a most commanding ...

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Bill Evans: Half Moon Bay

Read "Half Moon Bay" reviewed by Douglas Payne



It's hard to believe pianist Bill Evans (1929-1980) has been gone nearly as many years as his interesting recording career lasted. In that time, Evans's influence has become one of the most pervasive of twentieth century pianists and he endures as one of the most distinctive of jazz practitioners.

In addition to the ...

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Bill Evans: Piano Player

Read "Piano Player" reviewed by Douglas Payne



At first it's hard to tell if Piano Player is a quickie compilation or a never-issued recording. But it's a bit of both. It's a hodgepodge, really, consisting of eight never-before released songs enhanced by the Miles Davis quartet's 1958 performance of “My Funny Valentine" and two of five tracks from vibraphonist Dave Pike's ...