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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Bailey: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

John Bailey is a veteran New York-based trumpet player who has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres. Now, at the age of 52, he has released his first CD as a leader and it's as stylish and professional as would be expected.

Bailey's playing is full of passion and fire, and ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

Read "Formats – Solo Through Nonet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Few things are as infused with as much romance as are those thought lost. Take the entire myth of blues singer Robert Johnson. He produced 29 shellac sides in the late 1920s that had immeasurable influence on American folk music after and then he disappeared. He did exist, but exists now only as a phantom, a ...

Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Finding a lost movie soundtrack by composer/pianist Thelonious Monk at this late date seems an improbable event, at the very least. But that is what we have here: previously unreleased performances heard in Roger Vadim's famous 1959 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The official soundtrack album released at the time included only the music by Art ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Giant Legacy of Rudy Van Gelder

Read "The Giant Legacy of Rudy Van Gelder" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder died at home of natural causes on August 25th at the age of 91. His legacy--and it's a big one--is the countless recordings he made during modern jazz's greatest period of innovation. Almost any jazz musician of note who was making records--especially if they were working on the east coast--was captured ...

Pete La Roca: Basra - 1965

Read "Pete La Roca: Basra - 1965" reviewed by Marc Davis

When drummer Pete La Roca recorded Basra in 1965, the Iraq war was decades away. Today, the name Basra evokes memories of the 2003 invasion. A recording called Basra in 2016 would probably make listeners think of Saddam Hussein. Not a good association. But in 1965? It was just an exotic-sounding, Middle Eastern name.

Duke Jordan: Flight to Jordan - 1960

Read "Duke Jordan: Flight to Jordan - 1960" reviewed by Marc Davis

If this isn't a perfect hard bop record, it comes awfully close. And coming from an artist who is virtually forgotten, it's all the sweeter.

Duke Jordan was an A-list pianist who was there at the birth of bebop. He was part of Charlie Parker's classic quintet in 1947. So why don't we know ...

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians - 1958

Read "Benny Golson and the Philadelphians - 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

I have hundreds of jazz CDs. I'm a huge fan of bebop, hard bop and all manner of piano playing. Yet I have blind spots in my collection and in my jazz knowledge.

The big names are all accounted for. And now that I've been exploring Blue Note's back catalogue--especially the 1950s and '60s--I'm ...

Duane Eubanks Quintet: Things of That Particular Nature

Read "Things of That Particular Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il più giovane dei fratelli Eubanks è attivo professionalmente dalla seconda metà degli anni novanta ma ha inciso pochissimo a suo nome, preferendo dedicarsi al ruolo di sideman con molti e prestigiosi partner (l'orchestra di Dave Holland, Oliver Lake, Mulgrew Miller, Orrin Evans, Curtis Fuller etc.).
Questo è il suo terzo disco da leader, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Lawson: Crossing Over and Back

Read "Chad Lawson: Crossing Over and Back" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Chad Lawson is a compelling musical voice that deserves wider attention. He's a masterful pianist with an extensive jazz background, but has crossed genres taking the beauty of his music into the classical world. Recently, he released The Chopin Variations, arrangements of famed composer Frédéric François Chopin. On the album, Lawson re-contextualizes Chopin's piano solo pieces, ...