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NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

The music of drummer/composer Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, ...

Perry Smith: New Angel

Read "New Angel" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Perry Smith is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's degree in music from New York University. A founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he is the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2018

Read "Brilliant Corners 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

Andreas Varady: The Quest

Read "The Quest" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Early-career hype can be a peculiar mix of blessing and curse. Andreas Varady certainly deserves the praise he gets, and one could hardly ask for a more generous mentor and endorser than Quincy Jones ("It's not every day that you see a 15-year-old kid playing like George Benson!"). Pre-teen virtuosity and study of influences, however, inevitably ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery

All About Jazz is celebrating Wes Montgomery's birthday today!

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (where he also died of a heart attack in 1968), Montgomery came from a musical family, in which his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone, and piano), were jazz performers. Although Wes was not skilled at ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording

Read "In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

27 marzo 1965. Parigi, Teatro dei Champs--Élysées. Il quartetto di Wes Montgomery si esibisce per gli appassionati parigini e conferma di essere uno dei gruppi più interessanti del momento. Il sassofonista Johnny Griffin si aggiunge in tre brani e si alterna al chitarrista per assoli scoppiettanti e carichi di guizzi improvvisi e colpi d'ala maestosi. Il ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wes Montgomery: Paris, '65

Wes Montgomery: Paris, '65

Wes Montgomery was puzzled. Like most leading jazz musicians in 1965, the guitarist didn't think much of the pop-chart scene. Many top jazz artists felt the music was painfully repetitious and that many lousy musicians were making a lot of fast money. Geared to the kid market, the music, jazz musicians felt, lacked substance. Hence, jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Quentin Bryan Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

Keeping 'in stride' on his journey from Eden Valley, South Australia, guitarist/composer Quentin Angus hasn't batted an eyelid since arriving in the world's Mecca for jazz in 2010. Angus is an Associate Professor of Music for the City University of New York, teaches several courses at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and holds a PhD (Phrasing ...