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Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

Charles McPherson: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of the original bebop artists of our time, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson adds to his legacy and marches through a selection of timely bop-infused material on The Journey, demonstrating his mastery of the idiom by transforming jazz classics into fresh-sounding bop tunes with a blend of originals rolled into one exciting package. Long associated with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles McPherson: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Robert Bush

Alto saxophone legend Charles McPherson has few living peers, but even at the age of 75, he shows no signs of slowing down, a premise well documented with the release of The Journey, his latest recording on the Capri label.

Blistering post-bop remains McPherson's signature, but there is also a modernist streak ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's Note: The second part of Florence Wetzel's extensive interview with Ron Miles covers the Colorado-based trumpeter's early performance years, and begins a chronological look at all of his solo releases, beginning with Distance for Safety (Prolific Records, 1987) and concluding with Heaven (Sterling Circle, 2002), his ...

Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller was 22 years old when he played on John Coltrane's landmark Blue Train (Blue Note, 1957), and the saxophonist remained best friends with Fuller during the 1950s and '60s. In 2005, the trombonist met saxophonist Keith Oxman, and has since developed a friendship leading to Fuller's favorable comparison of his new friend ...

Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The trombone can be smoothly seductive, raucous, rasping or cheekily fruity by turn. Curtis Fuller is a master of the instrument, a veteran of six decades of top flight jazz who is still full of creativity as a player and writer. Featuring his regular sextet, Down Home is an absolutely delightful recording--a sophisticated collection of tunes ...

Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The jazz world of the fifties and sixties was undeniably a golden age, and legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller was one of the era's key voices. Throughout his sixty-year career, Fuller has worked with some of jazz's foundational players: he appears on saxophonist John Coltrane's Blue Train (Blue Note, 1957), he was part of drummer Art Blakey's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Sommer: Tremolo Canteen

Read "Tremolo Canteen" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Like food, music can be hastily prepared and obvious, or it can be thoughtfully concocted, with delicious subtleties of flavor and seasoning. Saxophonist Peter Sommer's standout Tremolo Canteen is happily the latter, full of intricate layers and quiet surprises, performed by four excellent musicians who came of age in the Denver jazz scene.

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Curtis Fuller: I Will Tell Her

Read "I Will Tell Her" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller and saxophonist Keith Oxman have performed a regular gig at the Dazzle nightclub in Denver leading to this first recording for Fuller on the Capri label. I Will Tell Her is a special album in several ways, dedicated to Fuller's late wife Cathy, the album is also the 100th of the Capri ...

Curtis Fuller: I Will Tell Her

Read "I Will Tell Her" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The title song and two-disc set are dedicated to a true love, but the music is clearly for the audience. I Will Tell Her, by trombonist Curtis Fuller, achieves plenty.

The title song was written for Fuller's wife of 30 years, Cathy, who died before getting a chance to hear the music. The artist ...


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