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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds Quintet: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, this is saxophonist/master of all livelihoods Cory Weeds' quintet, the year is 2018, and the group is beyond a doubt Live at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. But close your eyes, open your ears and it's the unapologetic re-creation of a quintessential hard-bop session from the historic Blue Note / Prestige years of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Hood and the H2 Sextet: Jazz Muses

Read "Jazz Muses" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's something fascinating about the word “inspire." We know from Latin that the word derives from inspirare, meaning “to breathe" or “blow into." It is the perfect theme as presented for trumpeter Al Hood and the H2 Sextet's terrific album, Jazz Muses. Not only is Hood inspired by his Jazz Muses, but his blowing here takes ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays

Read "Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays" reviewed by Arthur R George

Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The popular quote referenced in this CD's title has been attributed to many--most frequently to Albert Einstein. With this fine offering, organ virtuoso Tony Monaco steers clear of Sisyphean do-overs and delivers eleven diverse and well-performed tracks.

“Cars Trucks Buses" by Phish's Page McConnell kicks the session off with a hefty, “short'nin' bread" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald NewNet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There aren't many jazz musicians who play both brass and woodwinds, fewer still who play them as well as the veteran Seattle-based virtuoso Jay Thomas (the word “virtuoso" is used with due care). On I Always Knew, recorded in January 2018 with German-born trumpeter / arranger Oliver Groenewald's NewNet, Thomas traverses the ballad form on a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

Read "The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
January 19, 2019

The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may wish you had paid more attention in your high school chemistry class, because listening to Rhyme And Reason by trumpeter Jason Palmer calls to mind the description of the nucleus of an atom. Spinning and spinning, various protons and neutrons are both attracted and held off by each other. Same can be said of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you order it? Somebody ordered the party platter, because B3 maestro Tony Monaco is delivering. His music is for all intents and purposes a celebration. With The Definition of Insanity, a reference to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he confesses to be under the influence of the ...