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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: February 2019

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Cecilia Bartoli
Antonio Vivaldi
Decca
2018

2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli recording for Decca, her label for the duration of her career. Bartoli's first recording was Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (London/Decca, 1989) opposite famous baritone Leo Nucci. My own introduction to Bartoli was through her Mozart ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

Read "Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows" reviewed by Jim Gerard

On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jimmie Lunceford: The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions

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Jimmie Lunceford
The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions
Mosaic Records
2011

When saxophonist Jimmie Lunceford signed to the Decca label in 1934 he was running one of the best orchestras in the US. He had signed a deal to appear at the Cotton Club (where bandleaders Duke Ellington and Cab ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ernie Krivda: Blues for Pekar

Read "Blues for Pekar" reviewed by Matt Marshall

On Blues for Pekar, Cleveland saxophonist Ernie Krivda pays tribute, not only to the late writer, critic and jazz aficionado Harvey Pekar, but also to the time and place from which both men hailed. Working with the Detroit Connection rhythm section also featured on the saxophonist's Live at the Dirty Dog (CIMPoL, 2010), Krivda swings mightily ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ernie Krivda: Blues for Pekar

Read "Blues for Pekar" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cleveland, Ohio-based tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda teams up with his “Detroit Connection," a rhythm section of Motor City jazz stalwarts, on Blues for Pekar, a swinging mainstream set that bursts to life with a fiery take on the standard, “The End of a Love Affair." After a brief unison head with the first of his guest ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Andy Farber

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Meet Andy Farber:

Andy Farber is an award-winning jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist and has spent years performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1994, Farber has been part of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center stable of writers and performers.

Through J@LC, Farber has toured with the J@LC ...

Recent Releases For Running

Read "Recent Releases For Running" reviewed by Chris Lawhorn

[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his second installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo tracks from a handful of recent releases. Check in with Working Out to Jazz regularly, for new workout music suggestions, as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 15-25, 2010

In its 31st offing, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland followed a familiar yet engaging formula. One that, over the years, has made it the largest music festival in Ohio and the largest educational jazz festival in the country. The clinics and workshops for ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Louie Bellson: Tasteful Drummer, Sweeter Guy

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To say that drummer extraordinaire Louie Bellson, who left us on February 14, 2009 at age eighty-four, had a remarkable career would be to explicitly understate the record. Bellson's success at age 17 in a nationwide contest sponsored by one of his idols, Gene Krupa, and Slingerland Drums set the talented wunderkind on a path that ...