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Take Five with Mike Casey

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About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...


Jay Thomas / Gary Smulyan: Lowdown Hoedown

Read "Lowdown Hoedown" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Sometimes the most joyous and satisfying things in life occur in the light of pure happenstance. Such was the case when New York based baritone saxophone master Gary Smulyan ventured west in the 90's to perform and teach at the Jazz Port Townsend Festival in Washington state, in those days directed by veteran saxman, Bud Shank. ...


Freddie Redd: With Due Respect

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Freddie Redd is one of the last living links to the golden age of modern jazz. He started playing the piano after hearing Charlie Parker in the 1940s and made his mark on the scene in 1959 with his score for Jack Gelber's avant-garde play “The Connection."

This told the story of a ...

Freddie Redd: Music from The Connection – 1960

Read "Freddie Redd: Music from The Connection – 1960" reviewed by Marc Davis

What sweet music from what sounds like a perfectly harrowing stage play!

Freddie Redd is one of those long-forgotten names in Blue Note history. He was a pianist in the bebop tradition of Bud Powell, with a tinge of Thelonious Monk. He recorded exactly two albums as a Blue Note leader, a few more ...


Chris May's Best Jazz Books of 2012

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Are the best books always about the past rather than the present, or is it simply easier to write about events on which the dust has settled? Whatever. These three books are all about the past and each is outstanding.

Matthew Ruddick

Funny Valentine: The Story Of Chet Baker

Grippingly written and meticulously ...


Jazz On Film... Beat, Square & Cool, Vol. 2 In The Highly Acclaimed Jazz On Film Box Set Series

Jazz On Film... Beat, Square & Cool, Vol. 2 In The Highly Acclaimed Jazz On Film Box Set Series

Beat Square & Cool—the 2nd box set in the Jazz on Film series following last year’s Film Noir—is not just a collection containing some of the greatest jazz-inspired film scores ever recorded, but it also tells the story of how jazz (mostly drawing from the bebop that was one of the defining American subcultural and artistic ...


David Kastin: Nica’s Dream - The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness

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Nica's Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness

David Kastin


ISBN: 9780393069402

Hardcover, 336 pages


Wonderful woman, wonderful book. David Kastin's assiduously researched biography of Baroness Kathleen Annie Panonnica Rothschild de Koenigswarter (1913-88) brilliantly relates the life of the London-born heiress and last great ...


John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell: More News For Lulu

Read "More News For Lulu" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

More News For Lulu was this trio's second album and, despite being recorded in 1989 and originally released on hatOLOGY Records (the father label to HatHut Records) in 1992, its crisp attack and buoyant execution holds up rather immaculately with this overdue reissue. A hybrid studio/live program, the artists effortlessly work through bop, and swing motifs ...

hatOLOGY Reissue Bonanza Continues

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Begun in 1975, Hat Hut Records was to become the model for adventurous, independent, new music labels such as Okka Disk, AUM Fidelity and Clean Feed. From the start, founder Werner X. Uehlinger sought out challenging and innovative musicians and music that might have been too risky for major labels to produce. This very small Swiss ...

April 2010

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Myron Walden

Jazz Standard

New York, NY March 9, 2010

One of saxophonist Myron Walden's four new albums this year is called To Feel and, indeed, if a single quality stands out in Walden's music, it is deep and palpable feeling, a big emotional sweep carried off with great finesse by his ...