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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Wyatt: The Golden Rule: for Sonny

Read "The Golden Rule: for Sonny" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

The Golden Rule: For Sonny sounds at times like a Sonny Rollins cover, especially on those tunes where Rollins' nephew and frequent sideman, trombonist Clifton Anderson, joins the front line, but a second listen shows that there is a lot more than slavish idolatry here.

Wyatt is a talented young tenor player, whose admiration ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Bob Cranshaw, 1932-2016

Bob Cranshaw, 1932-2016

Bassist Bob Cranshaw succumbed to bone cancer yesterday at his home in New York City. He was 83. He may be best remembered as Sonny Rollins’s bassist for more than half a century, but Cranshaw’s career also included mainstay work with Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Kai Winding, Wes Montgomery, Duke Pearson, Mose Allison, Oliver Nelson, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcos Varela: San Ygnacio

Read "San Ygnacio" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Marcos Varela, Houston-bred and now New York-based, opens his recording debut, San Ygnacio, with a big, brash version of the standard, “I Should Care." His rhythm section is rounded out by veteran pianist George Cables and drum icon Billy Hart, so a free swinging zest is expected, and delivered. Logan Richardson on alto sax makes ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Sonny Rollins To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From The Jazz Foundation Of America

Sonny Rollins To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From The Jazz Foundation Of America

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins will be presented with the Jazz Foundation of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, October 22, at the Apollo Theater during the foundation’s 14th Annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala concert. The concert segment honoring Rollins will feature performances by Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, Billy ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester Intl Jazz Fest Starts Friday June 19

Xerox Rochester Intl Jazz Fest Starts Friday June 19

9 Days, 1,500+ Artists, 320 Concerts, 19 Venues, 90+ Free Shows, Kids Workshops, Nightly Jams & More! ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The 14th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) starts Friday, June 19 through Saturday, June 27 featuring nine days of more than 320 shows including 90+ free concerts, at 19 venues with 1500+ artists. The festival is presented ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Wyatt: Borough Of Kings

Read "Borough Of Kings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The borough of Kings (County)--a.k.a. Brooklyn, NY--has been saxophonist Eric Wyatt's home base from birth. It was there that he was exposed to jazz, met some of the legends of the music, and began to forge his own voice on saxophone. Here, on his fifth album to date, he delivers an intense brew that speaks volumes ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Since launching his Doxy label in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album Sonny, Please, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been turning to his vast archive of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in Doxy’s acclaimed Road Shows series. The selections in Volume 1 (2008) spanned nearly 30 years and included ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins: Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival, Spain, November 20, 2012

Read "Sonny Rollins: Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival, Spain, November 20, 2012" reviewed by Josep Pedro

Sonny Rollins
Palau de la Música
44 Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
November 20, 2012

Traditionally marked in the calendar for being fascist dictator Franco's death anniversary, November 20--or 20-N, as referred to in Spain--has frequently been accompanied by some infamous demonstrations where the restrictive and attacking attitudes that would, by now, hopefully be a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

44 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona: Sonny Rollins

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Sonny Rollins
44 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
20 de noviembre 2012

En ocasiones los conciertos se transforman en veladas muy especiales por una suma de circunstancias que van más allá de la música que se interpreta en el escenario, tal como sucedió la noche del martes ...