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Woody Shaw: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Vol. 1: Hamburg 1979

Read "At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Vol. 1: Hamburg 1979" reviewed by Chris May

Woody Shaw was born a decade or so after quintessential hard-bop trumpeters Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard, Shaw's professed role model. He came to the party late but he came bearing gifts—a strong technique, an ability to play inside and outside with equal conviction, and a lot of soul. These qualities were to the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band, as the band known for reinventing the music of Frank Zappa turns its attention to a riveting program of Monk, Coltrane, Ellington, and hard-swinging originals, confirming Ed Palermo’s place in jazz’s top ranks of contemporary big band arrangers. In a radical ...

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2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
August 30-September 2, 2019

According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2

Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!

Read "Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Gifts & Messages is here to rescue you from depressing news and to cure what ails you! After a rollicking opening segment from Hank Crawford, Vanessa Rodrigues, Brice Winston and Leslie Odom Jr., we continue to celebrate Sonny Rollins -his first recordings with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Then, it's the always sublime Stephane Grappelli, this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music

Read "Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music" reviewed by Keith Henry Brown

In a field teeming with talented young lions, the bright sound of trumpeter Theo Croker still sticks out. Grandson of the legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, the native Floridian graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is part of a new movement of emerging jazz artists who expertly incorporate hip hop, electronic and R&B elements ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro

Read "Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Arturo Sandoval is widely considered the world's premier living trumpet player. You will get no argument from me. After a tumultuous life in Cuba, he and his family successfully sought political asylum in the United States. His story is well documented in For Love or Country (HBO, 2000). Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval in this movie that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Craig Fraedrich Tony Nalker: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

An involved listening to this oxymoron-titled album could easily have one thinking that trumpeter Craig Fraedrich and pianist Tony Nalker probably could have been categorized by Audobon as “birds of a musical feather." That's not a surprise since both spent decades in the elite U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and they've worked together on Fraedrich's previous ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Louis Hayes / Junior Cook Quintet: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976

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In 1976, when At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall was recorded, hard bop was viewed as nostalgia-based heritage music by the young lions of American jazz. But for drummer Louis Hayes, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Ronnie Matthews, and bassist Stafford James--whose paths had crossed and recrossed in bands led by Horace Silver, Art ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

2018 was a spectacular year for archival jazz. Just a quick glance at last year's releases includes John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve), Coltrane's further adventures on Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Legacy), and Erroll Garner's revelatory Nightconcert (Mack Avenue Records) quickly taking its ...