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ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

Read "Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ FICTION

Foxhole

Read "Foxhole" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Edward Fox was introduced as the pianist in saxophonist Cory Dextrose's quartet in the short story Last Song for Valentine. This is his own story.

The thudding sound on the floor was followed by a piercing voice Edward Fox knew all too well. “Stop that damn noise, will you!" Old Mr. Grayson had ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969

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Salutes to Blue Note recordings by organists John Patton (with James Blood Ulmer on guitar) and Lonnie Smith (live in Atlantic City), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (with Harold Land), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland), The Three Sounds, pianist Andrew Hill (from a session never formally released on Blue Note), as well as Wayne Shorter (with a ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Andrew Hill

Jazz Musician of the Day: Andrew Hill

All About Jazz is celebrating Andrew Hill's birthday today!

Over nearly half a century, composer-pianist-ensemble leader Andrew Hill gained international jazz renown for his uniquely original music and recorded ouevre, which is by turns dark, fragile, funny, stark, unforgettably tuneful, percussive, insightful, oblique, transparent and mysterious. With the release of Dusk (Palmetto Records), his first ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master

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June jazz birthdays! Our featured honoree is bassist Reggie Workman, 82 years young, who got a fine birthday present: a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So, we have three tracks from his own recordings, which may surprise you. One features Andrew Hill and Julian Priester. Other birthday honors include Marcus Belgrave (Horace ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Experimentalists – Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (1956 - 1959)

Read "The Experimentalists – Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (1956 - 1959)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In his book “Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965," David Rosenthal outlines a group of musicians within the hard bop idiom that he identifies as “experimentalists," describing them as ..."consciously trying to expand jazz's structural and technical boundaries: for instance, pianist Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane prior to his 1965 record Ascension. This ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

June 50th Anniversary Blue Notes

Read "June 50th Anniversary Blue Notes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

50th anniversaries of Blue Note recording sessions from June 1969 this week: (1) Stanley Turrentine with McCoy Tyner & Billy Cobham; (2) pianist Jack Wilson's trio; (3) John Patton; (4) Andrew Hill with a string quartet; (5) Brother Jack McDuff's 'Down Home Style'; (6) Donald Byrd's 'Fancy Free.' Sessions (1) & (3) were never released in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various venues
Bray, Ireland
May 3-5, 2019

The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Linda May Han Oh: Aventurine

Read "Aventurine" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Che il talento di Linda May Han Oh includesse doti compositive era evidente nei suoi album da leader, in particolare nel recente Walk Against Wind. Piena conferma è quest'album appena uscito, dove la scrittura è predominante e i risultati sorprendenti per ricchezza e originalità delle soluzioni.

Alla guida di un organico del tutto ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

May 1969 saw Blue Note recording some 'Brazilian' jazz, soulful tunes and two 'spiritual' jazz sessions--a very broad palette. Some are fantastic and some mundane. Listen and see what you think. Also a few other 50th anniversary bits, Blue Note #9 and a tad more. Enjoy the show.