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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today!

Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work

Read "All Can Work" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A un decennio circa dalle incisioni di A Blessing ed Eternal Interlude, il Large Ensemble di John Hollenbeck torna alla New Amsterdam Records per un album ricco di coinvolgenti percorsi. Nei vari brani il batterista/orchestratore ricorda il trombettista Laurie Frink, rilegge uno dei classici ellingtoniani dalla Far East Suite e un tema dei Kraftwerk, omaggia John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

Read "Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music" reviewed by Chris May

Library music--aka stock or production music--was first marketed in the 1920s, to be used by “picture palaces" showing silent movies. Its golden age came during the 1960s and 1970s, when it provided off-the-shelf incidental music for radio, television, film and advertising. Ever since Quentin Tarantino included recordings by one of that era's most prolific British library-music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stefano Amerio: 20 anni di Artesuono

Read "Stefano Amerio: 20 anni di Artesuono" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sono passati ormai diversi anni da quando abbiamo intervistato Stefano Amerio, tecnico del suono e patron di Artesuono, lo studio di registrazione più noto e affermato d'Italia e anche d'Europa, almeno per l'ambito jazzistico. Ma Artesuono è anche un'etichetta discografica con un catalogo ampio e interessante, ancorché popolato di prodotti prevalentemente di area friulana. Un etichetta ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler

Read "Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who died on 18 September 2014, aged 84, was one of the true greats of jazz but one who never quite attained the popular recognition that some of his contemporaries achieved. Nevertheless, to his peers and audiences around the world he was an international treasure. Born in Canada in 1930, Wheeler moved ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kip Hanrahan, Ingrid Jensen and other great new releases

Read "Kip Hanrahan, Ingrid Jensen and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The bonanza of new releases goes on. So let's dive right in and find out more about the much-awaited return of Kip Hanrahan; music inspired by fictional or real whales (courtesy of David Crowell & Simon Jermyn and Garth Stevenson); a heart-felt Kenny Wheeler Tribute by Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler, the second installment of Nicole ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kind Folk: Why Not

Read "Why Not" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in 2014, trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and drummer Colin Stranahan gathered in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn to test out their chemistry and let the music flow. Four years later, after some more sporadic get-togethers and a bump or two in the road, we have their debut.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The mingling of jazz music and poetry is not a new concept. It has always been an amiable, yet at times, uncomfortable fit. From a verse standpoint, it is in many ways liberating. While most vocalized lyrics and spoken word forms rely on rhyme to speak to cadence and rhythm, free verse poetry liberates the narrative ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

Read "Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...