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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
July 15, 2018

Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

Lalo Schifrin: Bullitt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Here is a treat for jazz fans, cinephiles and audiophiles. A 180-gram vinyl remastered-edition, manufactured with analogue-only technology, of Lalo Schifrin's original soundtrack for Peter Yates's 1968 thriller Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen as a jazz-loving San Francisco police detective. Schifrin began his career as a jazz pianist in his native Argentina and continued as one when ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Wagner: Toot Suite

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There have been many composers on both sides of the classical-jazz continuum who have attempted to blend those genres. Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, Duke Ellington, Lalo Schifrin, Jorge Calandrelli, and others have explored the parallels and differences.

In 1980, French jazz pianist/composer, Claude Bolling composed “Toot Suite" for the great French ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3

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Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

When I walk into the live room, a little early, on Day 3, Gillespie has already swapped out the piano for a Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker. Three boom mics are positioned in the area closest to the window to the control room. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight
Frank R. Hayde
224 Pages
ISBN: # 13-978-1595800862
Santa Monica Press
2016

The word “Heavyweight" in the title of this fast-paced biography of the late great jazz drummer Stan Levey is not just a metaphor for his reputation as a musician. Levey, in addition ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz

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Argentinean violinist-composer Leonardo Suarez Paz personifies the tango. Both a dance and a music, Tango bridles with passion and seethes with a barely suppressed sexual tension. “To bridle" is the correct verb here with its dual connotations of intense emotion and constraint. It is far from the braggadocio of immature machismo and speaks instead to a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Washington: Right to Love

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Steve Washington is a versatile and personable singer, the kind you might hear in a lounge, bar or bistro and think to yourself, “Hey, he's pretty good." And he is. Pretty good, that is. On the other hand, he's not a singer whose name you're likely to see at the top of any charts, jazz or ...

Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault

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Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our second installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music.

This installment includes a diverse group ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Warren: ExpressionandReflection

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As you might think, there are rare recordings possibly better experienced sans lights--and ExpressionandReflection certainly might be one of them. That's definitely not to say that hearing this excellent offering loses anything in broad daylight. Far from it; while it's not a concept outing as its title might imply, ExpressionandReflection dishes up a contemplative quality that ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography

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This article appears courtesy of David Meeker and the Library of Congress. Learn more about Jazz on Screen.

Overview of Jazz on the Screen

By David Meeker

The cultural, sociological and technical histories of jazz and motion pictures have run in parallel, sometimes intersecting, lines ever since both forms emerged ...