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Bill Evans in England, 1969

Bill Evans in England, 1969

The year 1969 was a busy one for pianist Bill Evans. In January and March, Evans with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell recorded What's New with flutist Jeremy Steig. In February, the trio was recorded furtively at New York's Village Vanguard (The Secret Sessions). Then they moved on to Holland in March (Live In ...

Take Five with Maria Muldaur

Read "Take Five with Maria Muldaur" reviewed by Maria Muldaur

About Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight At The Oasis," though she has toured extensively worldwide for over four decades, and has released 41 albums covering all stripes of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, as well as several award-winning children's albums. Often joining forces with other ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

Read "New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons

Read "Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

One of music's criminally underrated geniuses, South African electric bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli has carved out a most extraordinary performing and writing career in music. Throughout his four decades as a performer, Mombelli has forged one of the most distinctive electric bass approaches in Jazz, established himself as South Africa's most exceptional composer, and has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Howard Riley: Live In The USA

Read "Live In The USA" reviewed by John Sharpe

This archival issue should further bolster British pianist Howard Riley's place among the top rank. Riley first came to prominence with the advent of his pioneering trio with bassist Barry Guy and various drummers including Tony Oxley, which extended yet further the egalitarian template first established by Bill Evans and Paul Bley. However Live In the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Piano in Solitude

Read "Piano in Solitude" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There are people who play the piano, and then there are some who create a whole other state of consciousness with it. While these three may not be among the more common household names in the jazz world, here they each offer a master class in the craft to make you wonder just why the hell ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bebop’s Twin: Rhythm and Blues

Read "Bebop’s Twin: Rhythm and Blues" reviewed by Russell Perry

Some of the same forces that launched Bebop as a break from Big Band Swing, also fueled the birth of Rhythm and Blues--the rise of independent labels in the wake of the recording ban of 1942-- 1944, the economic infeasibility of touring with 16-member orchestras, the decline of dance halls in the aftermath of the war, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ron Carter Quartet At Regattabar

Read "Ron Carter Quartet At Regattabar" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Ron Carter Quartet
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
February 22, 2019

You are the “World's Greatest Jazz Bassist," as a sign used to say at The Knickerbocker Saloon in New York City, where you and Cedar Walton held forth for many years. You have been at the top of your ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Greg Reitan is based in Los Angeles, a good place to take advantage of the work he has found in film and television. He has also served up four previous top-shelf jazz trio recordings, beginning with his terrific debut, Some Other Time (2009), followed up by Antibes (2010), Daybreak (2011) and Post No Bills, all ...