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Jazz Musician of the Day: Ornette Coleman

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ornette Coleman

All About Jazz is celebrating Ornette Coleman's birthday today!

Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled, The Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like an expression of youthful arrogance- Coleman was 29 at the time- but actually, the title was prophetic. Coleman is the creator of ...


Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

Read "Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...


Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Zhenya Strigalev: Blues For Maggie

Read "Blues For Maggie" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Zhenya Strigalev's idiosyncratic Never Group (Whirlwind 2016) takes a rather different tack, opening with the reggae-infused “Not Upset" and utilising a new creation, a so-called “alto box." His deployment of his erstwhile college mate from London's Royal Academy of Music, Chilean guitarist Federico Dannemann is a genius move. It's easy to see why ...


Hitch On 2017

Read "Hitch On 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hitch On
Various locations
Kraków, Poland
December 3-6, 2017

The four-day Hitch On Festival in Kraków is divided into two sections: separate runs for competition and showcase performances, both under the banner of the Jazz Juniors International Exchange. This doesn't entail a ridiculously stripling orientation, as most ...


Gordon Hyland: NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//

Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

\\livingfossil// is the most recent brainchild of Canadian saxophonist Gordon Hyland. The Toronto-based musician and composer continues to release his versatile compositions in a multitude of formations of various different names, such as the acoustic saxophone trio Simple Shapes or the progressive-electronic project Ninja Funk Orchestra. Members of the latter are reunited with Hyland on his ...


Joachim Kuhn: Love & Peace

Read "Love & Peace" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country's best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included Richie Beirach, Lars Danielsson, Vijay Iyer, Manu Katche, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, ...


Seven Women 2018 – Part II

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part II" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hey, this is starting to become a habit.

Nina Simone
Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles
Bethlehem Records

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases ...


Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...


Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

Read "Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...