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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matteo Pastorino: nome nuovo del clarinetto

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..."un clarinettista deciso e inventivo del quale risentiremo parlare." Con queste parole nell'agosto 2008 concludevo la mia recensione di Time in Sassari su questa rivista. Il clarinettista era Matteo Pastorino, allora diciannovenne, e in quell'occasione si esibiva all'interno dell'ottetto Viento Rojo, che raccoglieva i giovani più promettenti fra quelli che avevano frequentato i corsi di Nuoro ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

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With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Don Byron: Music Wikipedia

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ]

I got my Bachelor's in Music Ed and Trumpet from Peabody Conservatory. I got my Master's in Jazz from Queens College. But I did my real graduate work playing with clarinetist Don Byron. My first gigs with Byron were playing Stravinsky ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters

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Longtime big band arranger/bandleader Mark Masters happens to be President of the Pasadena, CA-based non-profit American Jazz Institute (AJI), while baritone saxophonist great Gary Smulyan sits on its Advisory Board. Together, the two have often joined forces on musical projects intended to foster and promote jazz; Ellington Saxophone Encounters is another one of their AJI collaborations, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters

Read "Ellington Saxophone Encounters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Countless albums have been made with the sole intention of honoring the great Duke Ellington by highlighting his personality, piano skills and pile of hits, but they don't tell the whole story; part of his legacy rests with the men who brought his music to life. The individuals who filled out the roster in Ellington's illustrious ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Johnny Hodges: Second Set

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Johnny Hodges
Second Set
Avid Records
2011

Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges left Duke Ellington's band in 1951 feeling underappreciated and underpaid and convinced that he would have better luck on his own. Unfortunately he was never able to turn his considerable artistry into a lucrative career, and was back with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

Read "Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Was Delfeayo Marsalis undertaking a task too challenging when he recorded music from one of Duke Ellington's most beloved albums to make Sweet Thunder? Gunther Schuller offers a doctrine that seems to suggest this has been so. Apparently the size and composition of the ensemble lead to this mishap. Would it have been remiss, to replicate ...

Duke Ellington Tames The Savage Beasts: Lions and Tigers and Bears (and Gazelles!)

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I begin this edition of Old, New, Borrowed and Blue with a confession. I have an unabashed love for the music of Duke Ellington. From his brilliantly scored compositions, to the singular instrumental personalities in his band(s)--with Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton and Johnny Hodges ranking at the top of my list--Ellington seems to transcend the “big band" ...

Jimmy Hamilton: Can't Help Swingin'

Read "Can't Help Swingin'" reviewed by AAJ Staff

“Jimmy Hamilton is hardly as well known as he deserves to be.” I didn’t say that (Stanley Dance did, in 1961) but I agree. While he gained recognition with Clarinet Summit in the ‘Eighties, and served long with Duke Ellington (1943-68), he is still less known than Barney Bigard, the man he replaced. He rarely led ...