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Content by tag "Grant Green"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Quentin Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Quentin Angus comes across as the kind of player who's seemingly absorbed everything in developing a repertoire--one whose extensive study lets him draw on any style and throw out familiar licks on a whim. Here we have soft electric tones worthy of Grant Green crossed with the expansive compositional smarts of Pat Metheny. Fleet lines and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue

Read "Organ Monk Blue" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Organist Gregory Lewis gained the nickname “Organ Monk" due to his specialization in the music of Thelonious Monk. Known for his exaggerated, florid playing, this is the third CD he's done of Monk's music and this time he has teamed up with a musician who can match him flourish for flourish, chameleon guitarist Marc Ribot.

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

Read "Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz" reviewed by Alan Bryson

This month marks guitarist Ronny Jordan's 55th birthday. A trailblazer in acid jazz, his debut album The Antidote foreshadowed Miles Davis' embrace of hip hop with the album Doo-Bop by six months. Moreover, Jordan's track “After Hours" also had a profound impact on smooth jazz as you will read in the following interview. This interview was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brent Laidler: No Matter Where Noir

Read "No Matter Where Noir" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Some jazz albums are notable solely for the well-known personnel featured. These recordings excite interest based on name recognition alone. Even if albums like this lack a coherent vision, fans are willing to pick them up just to hear their favorite players at work.

In contrast, composer/guitarist Brent Laidler's No Matter Where Noir , while ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jacques Lesure: For the Love of You

Read "For the Love of You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For one to whom almost every well-strummed guitar sounds basically the same, an honest appraisal of any guitar-led group must begin with other earmarks such as group interplay, individual dexterity, choice of material and over-all level of musicianship. Happily, guitarist Jacques Lesure's latest recording, For the Love of You, scores high in every respect, making the ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five on Cellar Live

Read "Five on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Corey Weeds' Cellar Live label is dedicated to the most organic of jazz: small ensemble acoustic performance. In 2000, Weeds had opened his Cellar Jazz Club, originally located at 3611 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. A year later followed the inauguration of the Cellar Live imprint. In spite of the club's closing in 2014, the label remains ...

Frode Kjekstad: A Piece of the Apple

Read "A Piece of the Apple" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's no telling just when or why a certain place will sink its hooks into you. However active Frode Kjekstad remains in his native Norway, he's clearly left his heart in jny: New York City. The bustling personality of the metropolis can be felt all over his bop-and-blues compositions and fleet fretwork. With a classy full-bodied ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

It's unclear why Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker wasn't released by Blue Note until 1999, despite being recorded in 1963. The album is flawless as far as I can tell. It swings, it's engaging, the musicians on the session were spectacular and there don't appear to be any instrumental errors or microphone snafus. If I were guessing, I'd ...

Alicyn Yaffee: Someone Else

Read "Someone Else" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dyspeptic in my late 50s, in a fit of self-pity, I have said, “Youth is wasted on the young." That is so much sour grapes on my part given to a questionably-misspent youth. What I wish for the young, sadly tilting at Mother Nature's windmills, is to remain young forever. I certainly wish this for vocalist/guitarist/composer ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ronnie Foster Trio at Nighttown

Read "Ronnie Foster Trio at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Although he came along at the end of an era in terms of the popularity of jazz organ, Ronnie Foster has led a varied and colorful career having studied with the iconic Jimmy Smith and worked with a wide variety of artists including George Benson, David Sanborn, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Turrentine, and Djavan. Currently leading his ...