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Woody Shaw: Tokyo 1981

Read "Tokyo 1981" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That trumpeter Woody Shaw is considered “underrated" may be a considerable understatement. Shaw died at age 44 in 1989, but he managed to release 33 recordings as a leader (27 in his lifetime) and worked in collaboration with Gary Bartz, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell, Eric Dolphy and most notably with Dexter Gordon, on his ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture

Read "The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture
Dale Chapman
282 Pages
ISBN: 9780520279384
University of California Press
2018

What explains vibraphonist Stefon Harris giving a TED talk at a conference devoted to behavioral finance? Why would one of the world's largest investment banks sink $10 million into the New Orleans ...

Eddie Henderson: Be Cool

Read "Be Cool" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though he's run the challenging career gamut from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock's lauded explorations with Mwandishi--he was an integral part of 1973's watermark Sextant (Columbia Records)--to a doctorate in psychiatry and acclaimed records of his own, ie: '93's Inspirations (Milestone Records), '73's electronic spaciness Realization (Capricorn Records) among others, trumpeter Eddie Henderson has managed to ...

Simon Pilbrow with the Brent Fischer Orchestra: Colours of Sound

Read "Colours of Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Given the unusual circumstances behind its inception, the album Colours of Sound probably never should have made it to a recording studio. The fact that it did is a happenstance for which every big-band lover and jazz enthusiast should be thankful. The odyssey began in 2011 when Australian composer / pianist Simon Pilbrow wrote a letter ...

Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report

Read "Retro Report" reviewed by Kevin Press

Go ahead. Judge this album by its cover. That 1970-something Ford grill tells you everything you need to know. It's big, funky and stamped Made In USA.

These 11 cuts are Hammond-organ groovy. Which is to say Delbert Bump groovy. And the only thing better than a Bump groove is one paired with former ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Shaw

Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Shaw

All About Jazz is celebrating Woody Shaw's birthday today!

Woody Shaw, Jr. was born in Laurinburg, N.C. on December 24th, 1944 to Rosalie Pegues Shaw and Woody Shaw, Sr. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began playing trumpet at the age of 11. Shaw attended Arts High School in Newark where he studied ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 24, 2017

This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Woody Shaw: The Tour Vol. 2

Woody Shaw: The Tour Vol. 2

In July 2016, I posted about a previously unreleased live album by the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet featuring Woody Shaw. It was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 22, 1976. The excellent album was entitled The Tour: Volume One, which teased the release of subsequent installments. Well, That day has arrived. The Tour: Volume Two, was ...