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Anders Svanoe: State Of The Baritone Volume 2

Read "State Of The Baritone Volume 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Some people see a baritone saxophone and think it an obtuse and blunt instrument. Not Anders Svanoe; he sees his baritone saxophone as a sharpened, yet subtle tool. Evidenced by State Of The Baritone Volume 2, he communicates everything from shuffling boogaloos to energized free-jazz, post-bop, and folk music with an uncanny naturalness.

All ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joy, Joy and More Joy

Read "Joy, Joy and More Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Last week we were not quite done with our theme revolving around Jazz & Joy and playing tunes that either inspired joy or were inspired by the experience of joy by the artists who composed them. So here is more dopamine enhancing jazz for you. Music that should turn a grey day into a sunny one. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mondo Jazz: Walking

Read "Mondo Jazz: Walking" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome to the first Mixcloud podcast on All About Jazz. It contains the first episode of Mondo Jazz, a new radio show devoted to international jazz airing every Wednesday night from 10 PM to midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn.

Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947

Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947

Leo Parker is one of the most under-recorded and under-appreciated baritone saxophonists of the bebop era. Like many jazz musicians in the late 1940s and early '50s, Parker succumbed to drug addiction and recorded far too little as a leader. He probably was more suited to be a sideman, leaving the responsibilities of contracting players, writing ...

Leo Parker: Rollin' With Leo – 1961

Read "Leo Parker: Rollin' With Leo – 1961" reviewed by Marc Davis

What if I told you there's a saxman who was there at the birth of bebop--literally, he played on the very first bebop recording--and you've never heard of him? And what if I told you his life story is the very archetype of the tragic, drug-addicted jazz musician?

Would you still want to hear ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon

Read "Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a focal point of the bebop and hard bop revolutions. Later in his career, he achieved the status of an American icon with his lead role in Bernard Tavernier's 1986 film, Round Midnight, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination. His “homecoming" in New York City, after living in Europe ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Celine Bonacina: Way Of Life

Read "Way Of Life" reviewed by Chris May

It may not approach the freak-show proportions of the bass saxophone Adrian Rollini popularized in the 1920s, but the baritone is still an impressive beast, one that has frequently been employed as much for its visual impact as for the notes it produces. Ever since Little Richard introduced the unwieldy instrument to his touring band in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Let's Party: Anthony Wilson Trio, Joel Frahm & Bruce Katz, James Carter et al.

Read "Let's Party: Anthony Wilson Trio, Joel Frahm & Bruce Katz, James Carter et al." reviewed by J Hunter

Just because summer is long gone doesn't mean the other three seasons have to be a marathon of dreariness. The calendar's got plenty of reasons to party--Christmas, New Year's Eve, or (for college students) the odd Tuesday that needs freshening up. It's only logical that parties need party music, so here are three “musical guests," all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leo Parker: Let Me Tell You 'Bout It

Read "Let Me Tell You 'Bout It" reviewed by Chris May

An uncomplicated, booting, bass-register driven melange of first generation bop and early R&B, Let Me Tell You 'Bout It is baritone saxophonist Leo Parker's finest surviving work, and it's measurably enhanced in this edition by Rudy Van Gelder's 2004 remastering.

Parker came up through the swing/jump band nexus--his most regular employer during the '40s was Illinois ...