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ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

Read "The Atlantic Years" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Liberty Ellman Trio at Crescent Arts Centre

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Liberty Ellman Trio
Crescent Arts Centre
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
April 13, 2018

Liberty Ellman was short his pedals for this Moving On Music gig at Crescent Arts Centre--lost somewhere in transit--but he certainly wasn't short of musical ideas during a constantly engaging ninety-minute set. With four releases in twenty ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

Carl Bartlett, Jr.: Promise!

Read "Promise!" reviewed by Don Phipps

Winner of the USA 2015-16 International Songwriting Competition Jazz Category, Carl Bartlett Jr. showcases his skills on PROMISE!. The album's warm, vivacious compositions offer plenty of cheer and good feelings. The result is guaranteed to bring a Billy Higgins smile to your face. Bartlett's alto sax playing is equally sunny. Like Bobby Watson or Donald Harrison, ...

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints

Read "Radiant Imprints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When saxophonist James Brandon Lewis released Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the jazz world went from “who is this guy?" to “make space at the table," because listeners had discovered a truly distinctive voice. After that came Days Of Freeman (Okeh, 2015) with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Rudy Royston and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

James Mahone at SFJAZZ

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James Mahone
SFJAZZ
The Music of Booker Little
San Francisco, CA
November 16, 2017

Way back in the early 1960s, a major new composer and trumpeter emerged on the scene, teamed up with extraordinary jazz musicians such as Reggie Workman, Julian Priester, Max Roach, Ron Carter and Eric Dolphy to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cedar Walton: V.I.P. Trio

Cedar Walton: V.I.P. Trio

It's fair to say that in the 1980s, Japan cared more about high-quality jazz recordings and live performances than the American market. Anyone who frequented record stores in the States then and into the 1990s surely recalls coming across impeccable Japanese reissues of American jazz albums on vinyl and CD. Back then, Japan was riding high, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...