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Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE

Read "Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the label range from the great veterans Harold Mabern and Jimmy Cobb to contemporary players at the top of their ...


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Sesjun Radio Shows

Read "The Sesjun Radio Shows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old and irksome “but is it jazz" argument has probably never been brought into play when it comes to drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (1919-1990) and his ever-changing line-up of Jazz Messengers. The music Blakey and his usually young players made was most certainly jazz, of the hard bop, hard-charging variety--brash and brightly hued, and joyously swinging. ...


December 2009

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Jesse Stacken and Kurt Knuffke

Cornelia Street Cafe

New York, NY November 8, 2009

When pianist Jesse Stacken and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke played Cornelia Street Café (Nov. 8th) to celebrate their SteepleChase duo release Mockingbird, they surveyed not only Monk and Ellington tunes--the album's focus--but also demanding works by Lennie Tristano and Charles ...


David Schnitter - Dominic Duval - Newman Taylor Baker: The Spirit of Things

Read "The Spirit of Things" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L’interpretazione degli standard è una costante, un filo rosso che attraversa in lungo e in largo la storia della musica afroamericana. Per alcuni palestra per affinare il linguaggio, per altri esercizio di stile, o rivendicazione di un’identità perduta, o comodo rifugio per crisi di creatività, o stimolante trampolino di lancio per personali e assai lontani e diversi orizzonti musicali. Per ...


David Schnitter at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "David Schnitter at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

David Schnitter
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, New York
June 2, 2008

David Schnitter ended a bracing, sixty-minute set at The Turning Point Cafe with a quote from “Auld Lang Syne." This brief digression was a jocular reminder that, for a jazz musician, “times gone by" aren't as important ...