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Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Read "Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218" reviewed by Chris May

Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a ...

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The Cookers at San Francisco Jazz festival

Read "The Cookers at San Francisco Jazz festival" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

The Cookers
SFJAZZ
The San Francisco Jazz Festival
San Francisco
June 18, 2019

In the history of the set of musical styles known as jazz, there have been very few groups that are termed “super groups." The Cookers--composed of highly accomplished musicians eminently comfortable and in tune with each other--are ...

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Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Chicago vocalist Alyssa Allgood devotes her first full length album to an unexpected source: the classic hard bop repertoire of Blue Note Records. The label is mainly known for instrumental jazz, and all of these selections were originally instrumental. This presents no problem for Allgood, who demonstrates equal facility scatting, singing wordless vocalise, and writing lyrics ...

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Sesjun Radio Shows

Read "The Sesjun Radio Shows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old and irksome “but is it jazz" argument has probably never been brought into play when it comes to drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (1919-1990) and his ever-changing line-up of Jazz Messengers. The music Blakey and his usually young players made was most certainly jazz, of the hard bop, hard-charging variety--brash and brightly hued, and joyously swinging. ...

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Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: 'S Make It

Read "'S Make It" reviewed by David Rickert

The Blue Note Jazz Messengers recordings are so highly regarded that the ones the group did for other labels at around the same time tend to fall by the wayside. This shouldn't be the case; Blakey was such a determined taskmaster that he was able to get great performances out of his players on just about ...

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Roots and Herbs

Read "Roots and Herbs" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Arguably one of the best bands to ever be assembled under the Jazz Messengers moniker, drummer Art Blakey’s crew from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s included such legendary figures as Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons. Blue Note producer Alfred Lion surely knew he had a good thing going because he kept these guys ...

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Witch Doctor

Read "The Witch Doctor" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Like the other newly-reissued Blakey set, Roots and Herbs, the music contained on The Witch Doctor was recorded in 1961 and came out on LP much after the fact. It too features the great line-up with Morgan, Shorter, and Timmons, but this time the writing is more a group effort, with two cuts apiece from Morgan ...