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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

Read "Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems" reviewed by Chris May

It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today!

Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Smokin' at The Nash

Read "Smokin' at The Nash" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the ...

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan



Composer and trombonist Steve Davis found a home for his muse starting in the late '90s with Criss Cross Jazz. Over the course of seven dates as a leader and many times more as a sideman, he established his voice as a writer and performer. For the past ten years, his releases elsewhere have ...

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trombonist and composer Steve Davis has released his new album on Smoke Sessions Records, entitled, Think Ahead. The inspiration for the title comes from the art of reacting to the unpredictable, but thinking ahead can aid in preparing for whatever the future may bring. The trombonist is joined by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Larry Willis, bassist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Out On The Coast

Read "Out On The Coast" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, from jny: San Diego, is one of the most talented new bands on the West Coast. Mixing funk, soul, jazz, and Latin & African influences to create unique, exciting music... their “cinematic soul" is like a cross between the music from Jim Jarmusch movies & Blacksploitation films of the 1970s.

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today!

Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

For the last year and a half, jny: San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner has been digging into the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, Lugerner’s hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22 by Primary ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet that Lugerner premiered earlier this year. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22, 2016, and will be ...