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The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

The first television station focused solely on jazz culture launched this week; The BeBop Channel is an OTT channel available at beboptv.com and on Amazon Prime Video. The channel, identified as “Jazz – Hip Hop all Grown Up”, was created out of the realization that jazz lovers are relegated to PBS-style documentaries if they have interest ...

Buddy Rich: Live in Miami with Flip Phillips

Read "Live in Miami with Flip Phillips" reviewed by Nic Jones

Rich's work was arguably one dimensional and these two live dates, captured for the ages from 1954 and 1957, set out a case in favor of that argument as persuasive as any. Rich, as was his vocation, is all over his drums on everything here, his extrovert nature in harness to a musical sensibility seemingly too ...

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Allen Eager: An Ace Face

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Allen Eager was one of those swing-through-bop tenor saxophonists who seem to have walked this earth in abundance in the late 1940s. An Ace Face is a two-disc set from that period, chronicling work both under his leadership and as a sideman. Within the canon of those players Eager was arguably the one who got closest ...

Shorty Rogers: Shorty Goes To Hollywood

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This is volume three in an ongoing series devoted to the music of trumpeter Shorty Rogers, released by Giant Steps. The temptation to say that what's on this set is unlikely to win any new converts to his music is great, but while it might be apposite the case is a little more complicated than that. ...

Joe Harriott: Killer Joe!

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Jamaican-born alto saxophonist, bandleader and composer Joe Harriott was destined to become a seminal figure in the evolution of British jazz in the 1960s. This two-disc collection of his earlier work in Britain is a primer in just what a gifted instrumentalist he was, covering as it does a range of his work from the mid-1950s--he ...

Stan Getz & The Lighthouse All Stars: Live

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Tenor saxophonist, Stan Getz, had a way with music that was always pretty uncompromising. Capable of producing a tone of exceptional beauty, he often relied on it to disguise a certain imperious quality in his work. If this was indeed the case, then it was prevalent for the majority of his career. However, musically speaking, he ...

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Ronnie Scott: Birth Of A Legend

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Ronnie Scott stares out at you from the cover shot on Birth of a Legend with a confident glare, as if to dare you to suggest that the Brits couldn't play as well as their American counterparts overseas. This two-disc set of the saxophonist's various musical exploits indeed proves that across the pond in the forties ...

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Oscar Peterson: Birth of A Legend: Oscar Peterson Historic Carnegie Hall Concerts

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Legend has it that Norman Granz wanted to introduce Oscar Peterson to America through his Carnegie Hall concerts, but the Canadian citizen couldn't obtain a work visa to allow him to appear. So Granz planted him in the audience and asked him to appear on stage with bassist Ray Brown for a set. The pianist wowed ...

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Tal Farlow: Tal Farlow Guitar Genius: The LA Sessions

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The word “genius" is used far too much, but Guitar Genius is an apposite term for a performance by Tal Farlow, and its use is fully justified with regards to this two-disc set.

Farlow was apparently blessed with unusually large hands, which on a practical level enabled him literally to reach places that were beyond a ...

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Ronnie Scott: Birth Of A Legend

Read "Birth Of A Legend" reviewed by Nic Jones

Ronnie Scott's role as the owner of Britain's longest surviving jazz club has perhaps distracted attention from his work as a musician, and this situation was hardly helped by the fact that he wasn't recorded that often in his lifetime. This set goes some way towards rectifying the first situation, but at the same time it ...