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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids At Black Box

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Black Box
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
November 25, 2018

Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids filed in from the rear of the Black Box, rattling and blowing an array of exotic instruments--none more so than the leader's didgeridoo-esque horn-pipe. Winding its way to the stage, it engaged ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Classic vinyl remasterings from Storyville

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In time for the festive season, the Copenhagen label Storyville is reissuing three classic albums from its archives remastered on 180-gram vinyl: Charlie Parker In Sweden, 1950; Ben Webster Plays Ballads; and Sahib Shihab's “lost" minor masterpiece Sentiments.

The Charlie Parker album was recorded on November 24, 1950 at a concert in the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dmitry Baevsky / Jeb Patton: We Two

Read "We Two" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky and pianist Jeb Patton constitute a crackerjack, precision jazz instrument, stretching and bending the fundamentals of bebop into full-blown statements that render the absence of a bassist and drummer superfluous. The individual heroics that one expects of bop are in evidence, but it's the ways in which the duo maneuvers as a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Giorgio Pacorig, ovvero l'arte della collaborazione

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Nato a Staranzano, in provincia di Gorizia, pianista e specialista del Fender Rhodes, improvvisatore, compositore, eclettico frequentatore di forme musicali diverse, a quarantotto anni Giorgio Pacorig si trova nel pieno della maturità artistica, come dimostra il fatto che il suo nome figura in alcuni dei migliori dischi del 2018, tra i quali Pipe Dream, dell'omonimo quintetto, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Byron/Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jazz albums have a history of featuring cool cover art, from drummer Chico Hamilton's Ellington Suite (World Pacific, 1959) and bassist Charles Mingus' Ah Um (Columbia, 1959) to almost all of the ECM Records catalog. Maybe grabbing the music-shopper's eye helps in the pulling of the wallet out the pocket or the purse. On the terrific ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

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IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alan Pasqua: Soliloquy

Read "Soliloquy" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Webster's Dictionary defines the word “soliloquy" as “the act of talking to oneself." In terms of solo piano recordings, it is an apt title. Pianist Alan Pasqua's Soliloquy is a sophisticated and reflective, alone-with-the piano work, a deliberative and lovely take on a batch well-chosen standards and one Bob Dylan tune.

A versatile and ...

NEWS: RADIO

Talk Mode with Eamonn Lenihan—New Podcast Series Offers Three Jazz Interviews A Week

Talk Mode with Eamonn Lenihan—New Podcast Series Offers Three Jazz Interviews A Week

“Duke Ellington reckoned ‘Too much talk stinks up the place’. And of course it must be about the music. But sincere, intelligent conversation can lead to enlightenment. My role, as podcast host, is to steer guests away from bland, chat show patter into areas of genuine interest…” —Eamonn Lenihan Talk Mode, the very first podcast by broadcaster ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jay Thomas: We Always Knew

Read "Jay Thomas: We Always Knew" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Legacy is a fleeting notion. It is incomprehensible in real time when a career hits high points, when certain doors open to quantitative opportunity. Jay Thomas can tell you a thing or two about that, based on his own personal experience as a jazz artist over half a century. His story includes playing on the Seattle ...