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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ashley Kahn: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in November 2000 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

Ashley Kahn, the author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (Da Capo Press, 224 pgs.), is Music Editor at VH1, and was the primary editor ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Paul Winter Sextet: Count Me In

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The Paul Winter Sextet might just be one of the best early sixties groups you never heard. Their story, and that of their leader and altoist Paul Winter's, is certainly one of the most remarkable in jazz. Had some director made a film of the Sextet's short life, jazz buffs would have scoffed at the conceit. ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Jack DeJohnette's Directions: New Rags

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Jack DeJohnette's Directions
New Rags
ECM Records
1977

Today's Rediscovery is an album that, despite never being released officially on CD, is a relatively regular play chez Kelman, getting spun at least a couple times every year. New Rags (ECM, 1977), the third--and, sadly, final--recording by drummer Jack DeJohnette's Directions group, pares down the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Levin Brothers: Levin Brothers

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He may have ultimately become best-known in the progressive rock world for his ongoing work with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men and the Crimson ProjeKct, but 68 year-old bassist and stick player Tony Levin has no shortage of jazz credentials, playing with everyone from Gary Burton and Mike Mainieri to Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paul Winter Sextet: Count Me In

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The Paul Winter Sextet was a short-lived group from the 1960s, leaving little in terms of an imprint or legacy in jazz but for one distinguishing fact: it was the very first jazz group to perform in concert at The White House. After a grueling six-month State Department-sponsored tour of 23 Latin American countries, First Lady ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition

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With drummer/keyboardist Jack DeJohnette entering his eighth decade on planet earth, he's managed to accomplish what few other drummers have. Recipient of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award, there are few jazz drummer s alive today who can cite as many recordings as the Chicago-born DeJohnette can, nor are there many who have been on such ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Arista Albums Collection

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When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Mathias Claus

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Meet Mathias Claus:

Jazz pianist Mathias Claus, born 1956 in Waiblingen nearby Stuttgart, Germany. Education as jazz pianist at Musikhochschule Hamburg, diploma with excellence in 1989. Further studies at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, plus classical studies with Shigeko Takeya and others.



Mathias Claus started collaborating on recordings with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

L'Image (Mainieri/Bernhardt/Spinozza/Levin/Gadd): 2.0

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It may seem odd to take nearly 40 years to release a debut, but in the case of L'Image it's definitely a case of never-too-late. A collective formed by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri in the early 1970s, L'Image generated considerable buzz for its live shows before, on the cusp of recording its first album, circumstances forced the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike Mainieri: Man Behind Bars

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It's hard to imagine vibraphonist Mike Mainieri in his seventies. Not only does he look and sound like a man 10 years (or more) his junior, but a quick look at the projects he's been involved in over the past few years sound like anything but a septuagenarian resting on his not inconsiderable laurels.