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NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Grant Green Story

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Grant Green Story

This week, we take a brief respite from previewing upcoming performances for a look at the recent documentary film The Grant Green Story. Born in St. Louis in 1931, Green was a popular jazz guitarist in the 1960s and '70s, recording for Blue Note and other labels and playing most of the major venues of the era. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

When Grant Green Got Funky

When Grant Green Got Funky

Two previously unissued Grant Green albums are giving the guitarist’s music something of a comeback. Green, who died in 1979 when he was 47, recorded extensively for the Blue Note and Prestige labels in the 1960s and ‘70s with Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and other leaders. Later, Blue Note recordings under his ...

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: 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 ...