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Documenting Jazz 2019

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Documenting Jazz
Conservatory of Music and Drama
TU Dublin
jny: Dublin, Ireland
January 17-19, 2019

Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The most obvious form ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dwight Trible: Mothership

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The Beatles' Revolver (Parlophone, 1966), recorded while the band were out of their skulls on high-voltage lysergic acid diethylamide, was the first masterpiece of British psychedelic rock. One of the album's highlights, the sitar-drenched closing track, “Tomorrow Never Knows," still sounds potent enough to trigger a flashback.

Remarkably, Dwight Trible's version of “Tomorrow Never ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

February Birthdays and Snooky @100

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It's the monthly jazz birthdays edition of Gift and Messages, direct from our turntables and CD players in mid-city Baton Rouge to you! We salute the late trumpeter Snooky Young on his 100th birthday with one of the rare recordings under his own name, the out-of-print Horn of Plenty. Great listening, along with tenor birthday madness ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

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James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks.

Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar ...

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Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

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Wayne Shorter Trio and Guests
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
January 3, 2019

Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music.

There are few better choices ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

Read "Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Kris Funn didn't start out on bass but, coming from a musical family, there was little chance he wouldn't at least test the water and see what music was all about. In time, the bass reached out and grabbed him.

He's since had a career that has had him playing his immense bass skills ...

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Kamasi Washington at the Ogden Theatre

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Kamasi Washington
Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO
October 26, 2018

Kamasi Washington is an ambitious guy. His first major label album was a 3-CD release running 173 minutes, The Epic (Brainfeeder, 2015). He followed that up with a mere 6-song release, but most recently came out with yet another 3-CD set ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Playing Changes by Nate Chinen

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This week we look at a great new book, “Playing Changes" by Nate Chinen. The show begins with a cut by Arthur Blythe, “Jitterbug Waltz" and moves right on into a more recent cut from Kamasi Washington off his CD The Epic. The program goes on highlighting artists featured in each chapter of this groundbreaking book ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Throttle Elevator Music: Retrospective

Read "Retrospective" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Una delle figure più dirompenti (e popolari) del jazz del nostro tempo, Kamasi Washington, ed Erik Jekabson, Thomas McCree, Ava Mendoza, Gregory Howe e Matt Montgomery sono i protagonisti di Retrospective, album che--sebbene uscito nel 2017--poggia le sue radici a cavallo del tempo di due sessioni: la prima tenutasi nel 2011, la seconda nel 2016, entrambe ...