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George Cables: I'm All Smiles

Read "I'm All Smiles" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

At a time when jazz is being pulled in every direction at once in search of a future some fear may not exist, musicians such as George Cables, Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis are proving that, for those who listen, there is no place quite like the present. Essiet became the trio's bassist for its 2012 ...

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Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Correlations" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Exploration and innovation may be the aspiration of modern jazz, but trombonist Steve Davis' Correlations exemplifies the fact that nothing proves more compelling than the timeless art of gathering a group of musicians who work remarkably well together. A veteran of The Jazz Messengers, One For All, and The Jazztet, Davis has a wealth of experience ...

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CTI on BGO

Read "CTI on BGO" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The echo of Charles Dickens' famous novel A Tale of Two Cities is suitable to describe the climate of jazz when Creed Taylor launched CTI. It was 1970 and acoustic jazz was in crisis. Following the invasion of rock, it had survived by becoming ...

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Freddie Hubbard: At Onkel Pӧ's Carnegie Hall

Read "At Onkel Pӧ's Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Se si dovesse per gioco indicare un trombettista della storia del jazz che sintetizzasse tecnica strumentale, flessibilità espressiva, capacità mimetiche in relazione al contesto e ricchezza di curriculum forse la scelta cadrebbe su Freddie Hubbard. Il suo aplomb di giocatore era mirabile, valgano per tutte le sue apparizioni a fianco di John Coltrane, in Out to ...

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The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nell'alveo turbolento della musica afroamericana, scorre sottotraccia da più di mezzo secolo la corrente rapida e ridente del soul-jazz--che chiamiamo così solo per comodità -, di cui The Three Sounds sono stati alfieri indefessi per almeno tre lustri, vantando successi popolari da far invidia a colleghi ben più dotati nella sostanza musicale.

Esce per ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group

Read "George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists. Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist. He ...

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Clifford Lamb: One

Read "One" reviewed by Larry Taylor

It's a pleasure to discover a jazz performer. whose style is unique. Pianist Clifford Lamb is in this category as he displays in One.

Hailing from Oakland, California, he has put together San Francisco Bay area musicians, Darrell Green on drums and Ron Belcher, bass, who help considerably to bring out his individualistic touch. ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. 5: Stuttgart May 25, 1981

Read "Unreleased Art Vol. 5: Stuttgart May 25, 1981" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Recorded during a European tour by Pepper's “comeback quartet" with drummer Carl Burnett, bassist Bob Magnusson and pianist Milcho Leviev, Unreleased Art Vol. 5: Stuttgart May 25, 1981 is a genuine labor of love: Not only the performers' love of music but also the devotion of this alto saxophonist's fans, who sent their own recordings of ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

40 Year Old Bitches, New MilesTones & Others, Too

Read "40 Year Old Bitches, New MilesTones & Others, Too" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Antibalas

Who is This America?

Ropeadope Records

2010

Few American bands have been more influential in the global Afrobeat movement than the Brooklyn collective Antibalas. Keeper of the African protest flame ignited by Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti in the 1970s, Antibalas' reach is expansive and impressive: it contributed to the ...

Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol V: Stuttgart May 25, 1981

Read "Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol V: Stuttgart May 25, 1981" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Art Pepper
Unreleased Art, Vol V: Stuttgart May 25, 1981
Widow's Taste
2010

Since 2006, alto saxophonist Art Pepper's discography has grown by a CD of previously unreleased or limited released performances per year. This bounty is due to the diligence of Pepper's widow, Laurie, who has been accumulating ...