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ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Race and Jazz Criticism

Read "Race and Jazz Criticism" reviewed by Greg Thomas

When I began this Race and Jazz series several months ago, I knew the topics I wanted to touch upon, and the general culture vs. race point-of-view I intended to pursue. With those chord changes (topics) and that melodic perspective (pro-culture, anti-race) in mind and at play, I figured I'd proceed with the rest by ear. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jimmy Scott: Across the Universe

Read "Jimmy Scott: Across the Universe" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Listening to Little Jimmy Scott sing is different from listening to any other singer. His high-pitched voice carries more emotion than any instrument can reasonably bear, and seems to come from a special place deep within his heart. Yet that voice also seems to resound from a profound source far beyond any one man, a place ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Will Vinson: Planted and Growing in New York

Read "Will Vinson: Planted and Growing in New York" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Like many musicians of his generation, growing up in the rock-and pop-dominated 1980s, saxophonist Will Vinson got his indoctrination to jazz from the sounds emanating from the stereo system in his home, hearing the likes of Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Count Basie from his father's record collection. He took a liking to them. Especially Basie, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Conference Call: What About...?

Read "What About...?" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It has been said that live music offers the composer the opportunity to add the final ingredient in the decoction of their creation: the audience. In the case of Conference Call's 2007 concert in Krakow, Poland, documented on the double-disc What About...?, there's the dramatic addition of completely spontaneous, improvisations by one or more of the ...

Bruce Barth / Steve Wilson: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Larry Taylor

The increase in house concerts throughout the country is apparent, taking place in big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Baltimore, as well as in smaller towns such as Columbia, Missouri, where this recorded duo date took place. Appearing at the home of Barbara Tellerman and Allyn Sher in 2009, pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist ...

Blaise Siwula and Dom Minasi: Live at The Matt Bevel Institute

Read "Live at The Matt Bevel Institute" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Dom Minasi is an acutely sensitive guitarist with an oblique approach and an aim to please, plucking his way through runs with persistence and nerve. His live duet with saxophonist Blaise Siwula sums these qualities up neatly, in configurations that unfold and build up melodically through a set that, by the end, is enveloped in a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ralph Lalama: Steppin' Out, Steppin' Forward

Read "Ralph Lalama: Steppin' Out, Steppin' Forward" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Ralph Lalama's rich tenor saxophone voice has been heard for years on the New York City scene, perhaps most notably with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and its predecessors, first led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, and later by just Lewis. He's a guy who grew up when rock music was fully bursting on the American ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill McBirnie: Mercy

Read "Mercy" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

By its very nature and high and lonesome sound, the flute is a solitary instrument. Although played from ancient times, the modern flute as a solo voice has been rather seldom heard compared to other woodwind--especially reed--instruments. But non-existent it is certainly not. First Frank Wess' then Herbie Mann's and Hubert Laws' work certainly comes to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Will Campbell: Think Tank

Read "Think Tank" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Every once in awhile there emerges a record that is brimful with sinewy, simply honest music that reverberates from one song to another and leaves echoes of melodies or twists and turns in the musicians' solos long after the last notes of the record have died down. This is how alto saxophonist Will Campbell's debut as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

The world of jazz guitar has long been filled with some of the most storied names in jazz history. Artists such as Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and John Scofield have all become recognized as some of jazz's greatest innovators and most prolific performers.

In a day and age when it seems ...