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Jimmie Vaughan: Live at C-Boy's

Read "Live at C-Boy's" reviewed by Doug Collette

Over the course of eight selections and a total running time of approximately thirty-six minutes, the Jimmie Vaughan Trio make Live at C-Boy's short and sweet, and deliciously so. The band enhances the simplicity of the three piece format with takes on tunes as well-known as Bruce Channel's “Hey Baby"and the blues-soul staple “Saint James Infirmary," ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ian Hunter: Fingers Crossed

Read "Ian Hunter: Fingers Crossed" reviewed by Doug Collette

Assuming his role as chief vocalist for Mott the Hoople, then becoming its main songwriter, Ian Hunter evolved into the figurative voice for the British band as it evolved and reached its apex of commercial and critical acclaim with Mott (Columbia Records, 1973). And as he initiated his solo career, Hunter was able to tailor the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Weller: The First Cut

Read "The First Cut" reviewed by Roger Farbey

From the opening few bars of the first track “Jubileevit" it's clear that this is not the usual jazz rock ensemble. An insistent and memorable riff clearly sets out this long-departed band's métier. The majestic intro to “Dog and Bull Fight" gives way to a hugely satisfying theme, marrying the disparate qualities that made the Mahavishnu ...

George Shearing: George Shearing at Home

Read "George Shearing at Home" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Sir George Shearing (1919--2011) was himself an integral part of the be bop jazz movement in the late 1940s. His quintet that featured vibraphone and guitar with the standard piano trio was sonically ground breaking. His precise and measured piano style influenced a generation of pianists and several of his compositions ("Lullaby of Birdland" and ...

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Sarane Ferret, Django Reinhardt & Others: Gypsy Jazz

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Sarane Ferret, Django Reinhardt & Others
Gypsy Jazz
Proper Records
2007

This wonderful 4CD collection of Gypsy jazz--an Aladdin's Cave of rarities, curiosities and lesser known virtuosi of the genre--covers the first twenty or so years of the music's history. Disc one starts in 1934, with future Quintette Du Hot ...

Kenny Clarke: Klook's The Man

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Kenny Clarke
Klook's The Man
Proper Records
2007

Of the three great African American drummers whose work in the early and mid 1940s shaped the contours of bop--Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and Art Blakey--it was “Klook" Clarke who lit the first and fattest fuse: taking timekeeping away from the bass ...

Charlie Christian: The Original Guitar Genius

Read "Charlie Christian: The Original Guitar Genius" reviewed by Chris May

Charlie Christian

The Original Guitar Genius

Proper Records

2005

The New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden--active in the early 1900s--won his reputation as a founding father of jazz without leaving any recorded evidence of his talent. His epoch-shaping stature is based entirely on folklore, the testimony of a few contemporaries, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tubby Hayes: The Little Giant

Read "The Little Giant" reviewed by Chris May

This is the kind of niche market compilation which gives reissue companies operating outside the fifty-year copyright rule a good name. This lovingly put together, decently remastered, comprehensively annotated, four-disc set focuses on the breakthrough years of one of the most fecund and formidable tenor saxophonists Britain has ever produced.

Tubby Hayes--a child prodigy who took ...

Various: The Big Horn: The Complete History of the Honkin' and Screamin' Saxophone

Read "The Big Horn: The Complete History of the Honkin' and Screamin' Saxophone" reviewed by Louis Heckheimer

Prior to the late 1930s the trumpet was king of the jazz jungle. Coleman Hawkins, along with Lester Young and Chu Berry, established the solo role of the tenor sax in the jazz world and showed what it was capable of. It was not until the 1940s with the rise of Lionel Hampton's Big Band and ...

Sonny Stitt: Sax O'Bebop

Read "Sax O'Bebop" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This recent four-disc set covers the period 1946-1952, during which Sonny Stitt made the transition from promising young bebopper to jazz master. It is typical of the British Proper boxes; it's affordable, the sound ranges from so-so to fairly good, and the music is often wonderful. In the case of Sax O'Bebop, there are a few ...