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ARTICLE: RADIO

Bebop Big Bands - Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, & Woody Herman

Read "Bebop Big Bands - Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, & Woody Herman" reviewed by Russell Perry

Although Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Woody Herman soldiered on, mostly keeping bands on the road into the 1970s (Ellington) and 1980s (Basie and Herman), the era of the big band effectively ended with the American Federation of Musicians' strike and World War Two shortages of gas, rubber and players. A leaner combo-oriented music emerged in ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays

Read "Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays" reviewed by Arthur R George

Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble.

The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Billy Eckstine: Mr. B in Paris

Billy Eckstine: Mr. B in Paris

One of the least known albums recorded by singer Billy Eckstine is one of his best—Mr. B in Paris. Recorded for Britain's Felsted label while Eckstine was on tour in Europe between releases for Roulette, the album features the baritone singing 12 songs in French backed by the Bobby Tucker Orchestra. Mr. B in Paris was ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

Read "More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon
261 Pages
ISBN: #9780520280649
University of California Press
2018

Dexter Gordon became a jazz legend in his own time. He played a key role in the bebop and hard bop movements, created an instantly recognizable style that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Jim Trageser

With a fat, rich tone somewhere between French classical trumpeter Maurice André and the flugelhorn of Chuck Mangione, Brad Goode has the ultimate calling card for a jazz player: An immediately recognizable sound. The fact that he's also got an upper register to rival Maynard Ferguson makes Goode one of the most underknown of jazz players. ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Michael Moody

A native New Yorker Michael Moody has studied with today’s leaders of jazz music including NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, legendary jazz singer Marion Cowings, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, and free jazz vocalist Jay Clayton. Legendary Bebop singer Sheila Jordan once told Moody “You got soul baby” Michael has performed on stage with Sheila Jordan, John Patitucci, Francisco Mela, and Randy Brecker. In November 2017 Moody released his debut album “I Wish You Love

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dexter Gordon: Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975

Read "Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though in many regards a standard, none-too-frenetic quartet setting, Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 is still as grand a starting point for Elemental Music's inaugural launch of previously unreleased jazz performances as can be.

Gordon found himself exuberantly liberated from the antiquated (and sadly all too present) prejudices of America during his fourteen-year expatriation ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

On Stage at JALC: Paul Jost

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Paul Jost had already enjoyed a successful, decades-long career as a drummer, sideman, and leader when he decided to work solely as a jazz vocalist. Switching from player to vocalist mid-course is not a typical career path for a musician. But Jost's quick rise as a singer over the last six years--he sang at Dizzy's Club ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

Read "Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Stax Records defined the “Memphis Sound" of soul music in the 1960s. With a roster that took in Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, Stax and its sister label Volt provided the main competition to Motown as a home to classic soul acts.

Three separate ...