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ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Yielding to Practice

Read "Yielding to Practice" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I was talking to a musician friend of mine the other day, asking her how her move from Brooklyn to Forrest Hills was going. She said, “I love it! I love the neighborhood and best of all, musically, I'm not running any more jam sessions at the moment, just doing gigs—and practicing! It's great."

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Fusco: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Vortex, Andy Fusco's fourth release on the SteepleChase imprint in as many years, is cause for celebration. Until recently, recordings by the veteran alto saxophonist as a leader have been few and far between. The date reunites Fusco with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, who composed four of the selections and arranged nine of the ten tracks. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Grondin: A View Of Earth

Read "A View Of Earth" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

As a guitarist, nowhere are you more exposed than in jazz, particularly if you aim for that clean, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green sound; elsewhere, particularly in pop and rock, the riffs, add-ons, the band, even studio wizardry can cover the lack of skill or mistakes. And then, unless it is a solo guitar album, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mating Dance of the Cosmic Pandas

Read "Mating Dance of the Cosmic Pandas" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

It's all things twangin' and screaming this time, as the boys look at four albums by guitarists. Some settle for six strings, some demand four, but all are one shade of awesome or another... and some make pretty impressive O-faces. The boys then each pick their three favorite guitarists, and the results may surprise you. Once ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Jackson: Standards and Other Songs

Read "Standards and Other Songs" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Ron Jackson may have the bluesiest seven-string guitar in New York City. He peppers a carefully deliberate swing throughout every track on Standards And Other Songs, joined by Nathan Brown on acoustic bass and Darrell Green at the drum kit. As suggested by its simple title, the album is a collection covering a broad range of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master

Read "June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master" reviewed by Marc Cohn

June jazz birthdays! Our featured honoree is bassist Reggie Workman, 82 years young, who got a fine birthday present: a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So, we have three tracks from his own recordings, which may surprise you. One features Andrew Hill and Julian Priester. Other birthday honors include Marcus Belgrave (Horace ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

All About Jazz is celebrating Grant Green's birthday today!

Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13. His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker; however, he played extensive R & B gigs in his home town and in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside

Read "Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A show from the 2018 archive with a salute to Ike Quebec, a wickedly good session with Stanley Clarke, Bireli Lagrene and Jean-Luc Ponty that you might have missed, as well as coloring outside the lines with Mary Halvorson, Henry Threadgill and Charles Mingus with Roland Kirk. Oh, and our usual dose of grease & funk. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dennis Coffey: Live at Baker's

Read "Live at Baker's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The intimations of springtime on guitarist Dennis Coffey's Live at Baker's place it more closely in line with the balmy tone of Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge (Resonance Records, 2016) than the insistent rhythm workout of One Night at Morey's: 1968 (Omnivore, 2018). Nevertheless, this three concert release, like its ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...