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ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enrico Rava Special Edition at Teatro Nuovo

Read "Enrico Rava Special Edition at Teatro Nuovo" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Enrico Rava Special Edition
Pisa Jazz
Teatro Nuovo
Pisa, Italy
Sept. 25 2019

Enrico Rava, the musician who almost single-handedly gave Italian jazz an international profile in the '70s with his recordings, turns 80 this year and celebrates the milestone in the way he knows best: in music. He's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eliane Elias: Chanteuse

Read "Eliane Elias: Chanteuse" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Eliane Elias has glistened across the global music scene since first coming to the United States in 1981, playing fiery jazz, beautiful pop tunes, and warm and charming music from her native Brazil. She became established as a major jazz pianist. But as her career has grown and her popularity has endured, she's become known as ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Chet Baker: Time Unhinged

Chet Baker: Time Unhinged

Chet Baker was a jazz romantic quietly frustrated that the passage of time refused to slow down. The early 1950s was his moment, and the years that followed moved like sand through his hands, leaving him confounded and depressed. Like a movie star who suddenly grows too old for the parts he or she played best, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava, the doyen of Italian jazz, joined forces with Joe Lovano, masterful US tenorist of Sicilian heritage, for a brief tour in November 2018. On this album, recorded live at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, the two masters lead a spirited quintet that includes lyrical pianist Giovanni Guidi, dynamic drummer Gerald Cleaver and virtuosic bassist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Italian Jazz

Read "Italian Jazz" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we take a look at Italian Jazz with a selection of music from a variety of great players with the main focus being on pianist Enrico Pieranunzi

Playlist Enrico Pieranunzi “Amarcord" from Fellini Jazz (C.A.M. Jazz) 00:00 Sebastiano Meloni “Nocturne" from Pictures of a Quartet (Slam Productions) 07:44 Carla Marciano Quartet “Handshake" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Soren Bebe: Echoes

Read "Echoes" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Danish pianist Søren Bebe plays a melancholy, minimalistic music almost shorn of rhythm. It is gentle and flowing and easy to get lost in. When one of his pieces ends, it can be like waking from a dream.

“But is it jazz?" The jury is still out on that one and will be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tommaso Starace: Narrow Escape

Read "Narrow Escape" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Com'è noto Tommaso Starace opera prevalentemente nel Regno Unito, dove s'è trasferito a 19 anni diplomandosi al conservatorio di Birmingham e poi conseguendo il master alla Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Da allora è trascorso un ventennio e oggi il sassofonista è tra i migliori jazzmen d'oltremanica, con all'attivo alcuni dischi da leader e decine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Booth: Travel Sketches

Read "Travel Sketches" reviewed by Chris May

The intense media interest surrounding the rise of the British woke jazz movement is welcome, but it is increasingly monopolising local bandwidth. Great British jazz which adheres more closely to the founding American tradition is becoming sidelined. Babies and bathwater come to mind.

One of the few British labels looking at the 360-degree picture ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Tony Miceli and Company
Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session / Steve Weiss Mallet Festival
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
August 3, 2019

It's hard to imagine how five (if you include a special guest, six) vibraphone players can come together to provide an hour or so of ...