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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana

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Jeff Chambers, long a go-to jny: San Francisco Bay Area bassist, looked at death closely and decided it was not yet his time. In 2017 his medical chart revealed Stage IV prostate cancer, commonly and fearfully an endgame diagnosis. Prostate cancer affects African-American men with almost twice the frequency as other races, and is almost twice ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)

Read "Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his superb contribution to Bloomsbury Press' 33 & 1/3 series, Bitches Brew (2015), George Grella notes (emphasis mine):

“No style of art can remain static: irrelevance is just as much a risk as the inevitable decadence that comes from a style developing to its last measure. But fans, including critics, of particular movements ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Monty Alexander: Looking Back

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Monty Alexander
Jazz Standard
jny: New York, NY
February 1, 2017

A lot has changed since I started covering the New York beat for All About Jazz in mid-2016. In that time, we have witnessed epic changes in our city, our country, our world--changes that are already affecting our culture, including and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Tornano i tesori della Xanadu

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Proseguono le riedizioni dei dischi della Xanadu grazie all'accordo tra Zev Feldman e Jordi Soley di Elemental Music e la società The Orchard, attuale proprietaria dell'etichetta fondata da Don Schlitten. Dopo un primo assaggio di sei dischi uscito qualche mese fa, il nuovo capitolo della Master Edition Series è corposo e ci dà l'occasione per rievocare ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

As part of its reissue of select albums on the Xanadu label, Resonance Records has just released The Inimitable Teddy Edwards, which was recorded in June 1976. The album is important because it features tenor saxophonist Edwards in spectacular form accompanied by a sterling trio—Duke Jordan (p), Larry Ridley (b) and Freddie Waits (d). By '76, Edwards ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Teddy Edwards: Four Classic Albums

Read "Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Teddy Edwards was a formidable tenor player on the '50s and '60s West Coast scene with a warm and congenial tone reflected the laid-back thoughtfulness of the West Coast scene with enough soul to indicate he was listening some Coleman Hawkins in the midst of the Lester Young platters. His own recordings were a typical mix ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wardell Gray, "Forgotten Tenor:" An Interview with Filmmaker Abraham Ravett

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[This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the revered but neglected tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.]

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Why the World Should Remember Wardell Gray

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[This article is a commentary to accompany All About Jazz interviews about Wardell Gray with filmmaker Abraham Ravett and biographer Richard Carter, all of which are intended to bring readers' attention to this outstanding but under-recognized tenor saxophonist whose brief career spanned the transition from swing ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Video: Teddy Edwards, 1962

Video: Teddy Edwards, 1962

In the tenor sax pantheon, there's Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. But then there are dozens of smaller giants who were solid, fluid, soulful players, including Wardell Gray, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Harold Land, Hank Mobley, Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis, Frank Wess and Sonny Stitt. Often forgotten today is Teddy Edwards, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Following two splendid albums as leader of his own big band (Deep Shadows, Family Suite for Large Jazz Orchestra), Toronto-based saxophonist / educator Kirk MacDonald has returned to a small-group format for Symmetry, the thirteenth recording on which his name has been listed atop the marquee. In this case, however, any member of MacDonald's quintet could ...