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Louis Hayes / Junior Cook Quintet: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976

Read "At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976" reviewed by Chris May

In 1976, when At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall was recorded, hard bop was viewed as nostalgia-based heritage music by the young lions of American jazz. But for drummer Louis Hayes, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Ronnie Matthews, and bassist Stafford James--whose paths had crossed and recrossed in bands led by Horace Silver, Art ...

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Timeless All Stars: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1982

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They were timeless and they were all stars. Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Billy Higgins got together in the early 1980s to play post-hard-bop jazz in the studio and on the US and European performance circuits. The band recorded three fine albums between 1982 and 1986. At Onkel Po's Carnegie ...

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Randy Brecker with the NDR Big Band - The Hamburg Jazz Orchestra: Rocks

Read "Rocks" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Randy Brecker has been at the forefront of jazz since the late 1960s. His debut album as leader way back in 1969 was Score (Solid State). In addition to numerous albums under his own name he's also recorded with George Benson, Duke Pearson, Dreams and Larry Coryell's Eleventh House, to name just a few. But perhaps ...

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Dave Liebman, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner: Fire

Read "Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La vibrante energia di quest'album emana da un quartetto la cui età media dei membri supera i settant'anni: i due estremi sono Jack DeJohnette (76) e Kenny Werner (67). Il percorso del disco è ispirato al fuoco, uno degli elementi del tetragono che è alla base dell'ordine universale, secondo le prime religioni e filosofie dell'umanità.

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Freddie Hubbard: At Onkel Pӧ's Carnegie Hall

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Se si dovesse per gioco indicare un trombettista della storia del jazz che sintetizzasse tecnica strumentale, flessibilità espressiva, capacità mimetiche in relazione al contesto e ricchezza di curriculum forse la scelta cadrebbe su Freddie Hubbard. Il suo aplomb di giocatore era mirabile, valgano per tutte le sue apparizioni a fianco di John Coltrane, in Out to ...

Johnny Griffin: At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall

Read "At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Quando queste tracce vengono registrate ad Amburgo, nel 1975, il jazz è forse nel suo momento più critico, abbandonato da ampie fette di pubblico, sedotto o dalla più muscolare fusion o dal rock progressivo. A dispetto della nascita di decine di nuove formazioni e dell'incremento delle produzioni discografiche, specie negli Usa si era perso quel senso ...

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Deanna Witkowski: Having To Ask

Read "Having To Ask" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Don't confuse Deanna Witkowski's youthful exuberance for lack of musical erudition. On her spirited debut album, Having to Ask , the twenty-something pianist/singer/composer exhibits a wide-ranging musical knowledge that belies her tender years.

Nearly everything Witkowski does has a strong Afro/Caribbean taste, reflecting her study with Cuban pianists like Chucho Valdes and time spent in ...

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Charlie Mariano: Savannah Samurai

Read "Savannah Samurai" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

75 years young and blowing with the conviction and intensity of a hot to trot saxophonist straight out of music school, the venerable Charlie Mariano returns in glowing fashion.

Revered for his versatility and willingness to explore besides being an influential stylist, Mariano along with guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Dieter Ilg and drummer Jeff Hirshfield bridge ...

Peter Herborn: Large

Read "Large" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The proceedings commence with Herborn’s composition, titled “The Blizzard” featuring the forceful and dynamic tenor sax work of Gary Thomas. Here, Thomas does an effective job of mirroring the often bouncy yet charging nature of the rhythms in concert with the stalwart, brash and upfront arrangement. On, “The Blizzard”, trumpet virtuoso Dave Ballou adds some garnish ...