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Woody Shaw: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Vol. 1: Hamburg 1979

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Woody Shaw was born a decade or so after quintessential hard-bop trumpeters Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard, Shaw's professed role model. He came to the party late but he came bearing gifts—a strong technique, an ability to play inside and outside with equal conviction, and a lot of soul. These qualities were to the ...

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Lookout Farm: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1975

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Fasten your seat belt, please. Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach's club date with Lookout Farm barely lets up during an hour of ferocious jazz going on jazz-rock. It's in roughly the same bag as Miles Davis' post-Bitches Brew (CBS, 1970) electric albums, some of which had Liebman in the lineup. The tape lay in the vaults ...

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Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: Eternal Voices

Read "Eternal Voices" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach have known each other for half a century and this double album is a celebration of their friendship. They've recorded together during this period in varying configurations. There was Liebman's short-lived but highly praised jazz rock group Lookout Farm formed in 1974 and from the 1980s there was Quest. But arguably ...

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Randy Brecker: Rocks

Read "Rocks" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough to simultaneously review his release with the NDR Bigband, the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra, when he titled it Rocks.

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

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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

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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 ...