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Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

Read "Mike Clark: East Bay Funk" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Final Night at Birdland

Read "Final Night at Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On June 26, 2011, Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra ended a fifteen-year run at New York City's Birdland, and--to our good fortune--had the foresight to record that very special event for everyone to hear and appreciate. The orchestra's scion, the great Chico O'Farrill, was still living when the ensemble made its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Considered, by many, to be the most important jazz harmonicist since Toots Thielmans, German-born/New York-based Hendrik Meurkens has long been a connoisseur of Brazilian jazz, with an impressive discography of bossa nova and samba-infused music. Live at Bird's Eye is an assemblage of Brazilian, American and Italian jazz standards recorded live on several sessions from 2008 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz Vol.1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz Vol.1" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ne è passata di acqua sotto i ponti da quando Herbie Hancock lanciava un giovane batterista, Mike Clarck, su Thrust, il famoso disco degli Heandhunters. Dopo l'inaspettata notorietà (e un assolo, quello contenuto in “Actual Proof," da cui tanti batteristi e DJ hanno attinto) Mike Clarck ha continuato ad incidere fusion (anche con il bassista di allora, Paul ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When Mike Clark's name comes up in conversation, most people recall his brilliant playing and funk fusion grooves on Herbie Hancock's Thrust (Columbia/Legacy, 1974). While “Actual Proof" and a slew of other terrific tracks have cemented Clark's reputation as a drummer with chops to spare, this particular period of his musical life has often pigeonholed him. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 1" reviewed by Elliott Simon

For their Blueprints of Jazz series, Talking House Records decided to give free studio reign to individuals who have significantly influenced modern jazz but, for whatever reason, have not been given their due. Drummer Mike Clark has influenced several generations since his time with keyboardist Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and inaugurated the series. While additional releases showcase ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jed Levy: One Night At The Kitano

Read "One Night At The Kitano" reviewed by George Kanzler

Some live jazz albums transport the listener. If you shut your eyes, you can picture the dim lights of the candles on the tables, the clinking sound of ice cubes falling into glass tumblers... you might even find yourself looking around for someone to take your drink order. One Night at The Kitano makes you feel ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jed Levy: Evans Explorations

Read "Evans Explorations" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Explorations (Riverside, 1961) is one of two landmark studio recordings from the Bill Evans trio that, through chordal voicings, a classically-based style and egalitarian instrumental interplay, moved the jazz piano trio toward impressionism and away from a rhythmic approach. It still sounds amazingly contemporary and the task that tenor saxophonist Jed Levy has set for himself ...

Jed Levy: Gateway

Read "Gateway" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Some players seem to enjoy the adventure of not knowing with whom they are going to play with next, while others would rather develop the interpersonal communication that can only come with time. Since jazz is, at its core, an improvisational art, playing in the moment is the ideal, with different kinds of music requiring different ...