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Jazz Heritage Radio Broadcasts 2019 Highpoint for USAF Airmen of Note

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You may be surprised to learn that one of the best big bands on the 2019 jazz circuit in made up of musicians who simultaneously serve in the US Air Force. But as you hear on their Jazz Heritage Series 2019 Radio Broadcasts with guest artists ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio at Jazz Standard

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Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
July 31, 2016

If there's any genre of music that's truly built on the idea of spur-of-the-moment change, it's jazz. And so, in that very spirit, we had this performance.

The audience that came down to hear ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages

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Dave Burrell is a master pianist and composer who encountered the avant-garde in the 1960s and has been following his own independent path ever since. He combines classical and jazz elements that are both “inside" and “outside" the mainstream. The title of a poem by J.V. Cunningham, “The Metaphysical Amorist" characterizes much of his playing, which ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes Vol. 2

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Un'aurea classicità sostanzia l'elevato livello artistico di un trombettista superbo, abile nell'assorbire e riplasmare la tradizione del proprio strumento. L'ultimo CD di Brian Lynch costituisce un affascinante excursus nel repertorio dei musicians' musicians degli anni '50 e '60, tra i quali Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, e Joe Gordon di cui Lynch propone partiture inedite. Le dieci ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judith Pinto Coy: Here’s to Life

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There is evidence of a revival of vocalese jazz singing in the recent releases of Dorian Devin's The Procrastinator (Self Produced, 2013) and Suzanna Smith's Halfway Between Heaven & Love (Ink Pen Records, 2013). Enter Edmonton-native Judith Pinto Coy, who, while not contributing her own vocalese transcriptions, interprets those of the masters masterfully. On her debut ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor

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The chances of four people conducting a Google search on Leron Thomas that result in all four of them to make the same conclusion about the trumpeter is low. While certain facts--like his time at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) in Houston and The New School in New York--will remain true, arguments ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jasper Lundgaard / Bob Rockwell / Doug Raney / Henrik Gunde, Aage Tanggaard: Love & Peace: The Music of Harold Parlan

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Maybe it was the mournful sound of the foghorns belonging to the ships passing below the Great Belt Bridge. Or the music he'd just been listening to, and featured on this album. But Harold Parlan's thoughts strayed from the care home where he now lives in the small Danish coastal town of Korsør (pop. 14,501) to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

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Trumpeter extraordinaire Brian Lynch is always willing, quite rightly, to acknowledge the masters who have gone before him. Some of the finest jazz trumpeters never made it big, while others no longer sit as securely in the minds of jazz fans as they once did. Nevertheless, they are all part, as Lynch writes, of “the jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

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Trumpet tribute albums are a tricky business. There are those in jazz, like Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, who have been endlessly saluted, creating a culture of mass appeal and celebration that's not always a good thing. On the surface, projects that praise these jazz heroes bring well-deserved exposure to their music and might, but they ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vincent Gardner: Three-Five

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The title here refers to both trombonist Vincent Gardner's age and the time signatures (3/4 and 5/4) of the majority of the tracks on this CD. Gardner says the “idea for the date was to try these pieces in a different meter. It's amazing that when you drop a beat and take a tune usually played ...