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Content by tag "Sonny Rollins"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Henry Lowther: can't believe, won't believe

Read "can't believe, won't believe" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If any jazz ensemble can be said to define the word “prolific" it's not Henry Lowther's Still Waters. The band's debut album, ID, appeared in 1997. can't believe, won't believe is its second release, just 21 years later. Good things, as they say, come to those that wait.

Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Lowther has ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Saxophone Colossus Featuring Sonny Rollins: A Film By Robert Mugge

Read "Saxophone Colossus Featuring Sonny Rollins: A Film By Robert Mugge" reviewed by Doug Collette

Sonny Rollins
Saxophone Colossus
MVD Visual
2017

Sonny Rollins' life and career is the stuff of legend, not the least of which intervals include the period he 'retired' to perfect his craft with practice sessions on 'The Bridge' in New York or his numerous influential pieces of recording, including the ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Sonny Rollins: Koenig's Leaders

Sonny Rollins: Koenig's Leaders

Yesterday afternoon I spoke at length with Sonny Rollins. We talk fairly regularly by phone, and this time we spoke about a wide range of career topics, from his time in India to his visits to the West Coast, where he recorded two remarkable albums for Contemporary Records in 1957 and '58. On his first trip ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process

Read "Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Since his arrival on the jazz scene in the 1970s, pianist Fred Hersch has developed from a sought after sideman to a multi-Grammy nominated jazz icon, creative force, and significant composer of songs, jazz standards, and original complete works, the latter including Leaves of Grass (Palmetto, 2005), based upon the poetry of Walt Whitman. As one ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

WM Project: From a Familiar Place

Read "From a Familiar Place" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The WM Project, led by saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna and pianist Andrzej Winnicki, doesn't sound much like the Komeda Project. Medyna and Winnicki have earned well-deserved acclaim for their work in that ensemble that explores the music of their countryman, Krzysztof Komeda. But here, instead of the Polish melancholy, haunting themes and brooding melodies, they take From ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Max Zenger: Chapter 2

Read "Chapter 2" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

From its inception more than a century ago, jazz has taken a long, strange and twisted journey. From folk-art to more avant-garde adventures, jazz has never sat in the same place for too long, like a sort of free spirit in search of the infinite. Throughout that journey, at least since the 1940's, a time when ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even more than 50 years on, there's still never been anyone quite like Albert Ayler. Or for that matter like this 1964 Quartet, which was one of the few ensembles during his career to match the tenor saxophonist against equally forward thinking peers. Bassist Gary Peacock was fresh from pianist Bill Evans' Trio, cornetist Don Cherry ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

All That's Jazz

Read "All That's Jazz" reviewed by Phil Barnes

All That's Jazz
Sammy Stein
198 Pages
ISBN: 13: 978-0-9557670-9-8
Tomahawk Press
2017

Sammy Stein is a brave woman. Take that title--not just a riff on “All That Jazz" to cover a personal memoir of time spent in the jazz trenches but ALL that IS jazz. This is a ...