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Walter Davis Jr.: Davis Cup - 1959

Read "Walter Davis Jr.: Davis Cup - 1959" reviewed by Marc Davis

Every now and then, I hear a musician in a band and I think, “Damn, can we get rid of the other guys and just hear this one by himself?" That was my immediate thought after listening to Davis Cup, a hard bop cooker from 1959.

Walter Davis Jr. is a pianist with a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Giant Legacy of Rudy Van Gelder

Read "The Giant Legacy of Rudy Van Gelder" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder died at home of natural causes on August 25th at the age of 91. His legacy--and it's a big one--is the countless recordings he made during modern jazz's greatest period of innovation. Almost any jazz musician of note who was making records--especially if they were working on the east coast--was captured ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wayne Shorter: Portrait Of A Visionary

Read "Wayne Shorter: Portrait Of A Visionary" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

To speak with Wayne Shorter can feel like an exercise in the mystical. At times, it's stream of consciousness, ideas flowing that can reach the profound; but the direction can switch suddenly. There are frequent references to films (Shorter is a lifelong movie buff), as well as books whose subject matter run from science to philosophy. ...

ARTICLE: FORGOTTEN FINDS

Great Sidemen - Great Leaders

Read "Great Sidemen - Great Leaders" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Being a sideman can be a thankless job. Sure, you might get to play regularly, but you rarely get to call the tune. If your boss is a big star, the gig might even pay pretty well, but if the band is going to Fargo, North Dakota in January, brother, so are you, and you weren't ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally

Read "Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally" reviewed by Dominic Fragman

Legendary drummer Paul F. Murphy has been involved with the high end of improvised music since the mid-1970s in San Francisco. He is most closely associated with the avant-garde of the '70s, '80s and '90s as a 12-year member of alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons' band and a leader of several of his own groups, including Trio ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master

Read "Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz has a history of inclusiveness, accepting the influences of music from around the globe. It also knows no boundaries when it comes to instrumentation, accommodating all kinds of axes if they are played in the spirit of jazz. Rufus Harley even brought the unlikely bagpipes into the lexicon, playing the sound of surprise on the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Christian McBride: Getting the Inside Straight

Read "Christian McBride: Getting the Inside Straight" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

If we think about it for a little while, it's possible to believe that there is something almost mystic and undeniably powerful about jazz. The way it developed through the years and its constant ignition-like energy; the creativity of those who lead the way and those who continue the journey today; the improvisation that takes over ...