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Chick Corea

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Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and distinctiveness on both piano and synthesizers, and is one of the first players to fully exploit the potential of electronic instruments.

Jimmy Smith: Master of the Hammond B-3

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Jimmy Smith ignited a jazz revolution on an instrument associated at the time with ballparks, despite never playing one until the age of 28.

His legendary multi-part technique on the Hammond B-3 organ, playing bass with the foot pedals and Charlie Parker-like single-line passages with his right hand, shook up the traditional trio as ...

Bill Evans

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Arguably the greatest jazz pianist of the 1960s and '70s, Bill Evans is generally acknowledged as the most influential pianist since Bud Powell and a primary influence on players such as Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. Evans co-wrote Kind Of Blue with Miles Davis and some consider the pianist's Sunday At The Village Vanguard the best ...

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The Back-Talk Organ Trio at Le Petit Chicago

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Don Cummings is a glacial geologist by day, making the Canadian's night job as a jazz organist of considerable interest to a reviewer who can (really) see the flowing masses of ice from the back yard.

On the other hand, Cummings says his work focuses on “groundwater resources and mineral resource exploration," so ...

James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: The Causeway Suite

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James Hamilton is an idiot and the world is a better place as a result.

The debut album by his 19-member orchestra, The Causeway Suite, is the 2010 British Composer Awards' 2010 winner for Contemporary Jazz Composition. The live performance is a bold and abruptly shifting mix of classic and modern concepts, full ...

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"Proverbs And Songs" by John Surman, Howard Moody and the Ultime Thule Choir at the 2009 Nordlysfestivalen, Tromso, Norway

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John Surman, Howard Moody, John Taylor, Ultime Thule Choir
Nordlysfestivalen, Ishavskatedralen (Arctic Cathedral)
Tromso, Norway
January 23-31, 2009




It's been a couple of years since saxophonist John Surman performed his Proverbs And Songs suite. But judging from what he wrung from it after four days' rehearsal with an ...

Raphael Imbert: Bach:Coltrane

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Some albums are personal and this one carries the burden of massive expectations, an anticipation similar to first hearing John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1959) and just about anything by Bach.

French saxophonist Raphael Imbert dangles this tantalizing lure on Bach: Coltrane, which the multi-hornman promotes as the culmination of a research project into the ...

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The World's Northernmost Jazz Festival: Polarjazz 2008 in Longyearbyen, Norway

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Polarjazz 2008
Longyearbyen, Norway
January 30-February 3, 2008

“This place is abandoned by God and ought to have been abandoned a long time ago by mankind as well" --Historical quote on mural at Longyearbyen's museum

This is where people will come after Doomsday: a town 600 miles from the North Pole ...

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Turtle Island String Quartet Performs "A Love Supreme" at Stanford

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Turtle Island String Quartet
Stanford Lively Arts Series
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
February 16, 2008

One of the drags about string quartets is it's taboo to applaud solos. Not that the urge is common, but imagine a Village Vanguard crowd sitting on their hands most of the evening ...

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Refugees find harmony on Norway's northern edge at Varangerfestivalen 2007

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(Note: Mark Sabbatini will reporting daily from the world's northernmost jazz festival, PolarJazz, starting Jan. 30 in Longyearbyen, Norway. As preview of the Scandinavian Arctic's jazz scene, this is his feature from last summer's festival in Vadso, on the northern edge of the country's mainland.)

When the U.N. needs a place to send refugees fleeing ...