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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory

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NEC Jazz Orchestra
Jordan Hall
Bob Brookmeyer Celebration
Boston, MA
March 1, 2018

All of the composer-arrangers featured at the Bob Brookmeyer Celebration concert had been mentored, to some degree or other, by Bob Brookmeyer. Listening to what each of his former students said during the program and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

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In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

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Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Landrus: Generations

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With Generations baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus has created an ambitious set of music for full orchestra that is based in jazz but also touches on classical music, hip hop and reggae, giving prominent position to instruments like harp and vibraphone to give his ensemble an airy, spacious sound.

It all begins with the five-movement “Jeru ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Daniel Schnyder: The Anatomy of an Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite

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Saxophonist Charlie Parker revolutionized the world of music with his legendary approach to jazz. Unfortunately, his life was much too short and filled with tragedy. In 1955, Parker died at the age of 34 from excessive drug use. He died in the apartment of the Baroness Nica von Koenigswarter in New York City, but ironically his ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

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We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

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With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

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On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams For Beginners

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Fifty years after his death, Ernie Kovacs is de rigueur. Mainstream, even. His angular, imaginative approach to humor was impossible to imitate, but his influence on television-specifically television comedy-is intractable. He's the Thelonious Monk of the small screen. And just trying to play in a Monkish style always points out that Monk is Monk and nobody ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jurgen Friedrich: Monosuite

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Pianist Jurgen Friedrich doesn't play a single note of music on Monosuite, but his personality and cognitive bearing are omnipresent. While Friedrich's piano was at the heart of the sound on the trio-based Pollock, he removes his hands from the ivories on this follow-up date, allowing a cadre of string players and a highly flexible foursome ...