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MJQ: On the Road, 1964 + '61

MJQ: On the Road, 1964 + '61

The Modern Jazz Quartet wasn't big on obvious excitement. They tended to be subtle and hushed, more introspective than explosive. But the more carefully you listen, the more you'll hear the tender swing and beauty of pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay. Here's the MJQ in London in April ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jorge Rossy Vibes Quintet: Beyond Sunday

Read "Beyond Sunday" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The dreamy “Beyond Sunday" opens this recording and sets the pace for the whole album. Whilst leader Jorge Rossy is better known as a drummer, especially with Brad Mehldau's trio with whom he's made a dozen records, he's only playing vibes here. Meanwhile the drumming is taken care of by the legendary Al Foster. Whilst this ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ornette@50, Bird vs. Hays & more

Read "Ornette@50, Bird vs. Hays & more" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We have a lot of ground to cover this week. After our starting half-hour of 21st century music, we have a compare/contrast of Charlie Parker versus a Kevin Hays deconstruction of “Scrapple from the Apple."

The day of broadcast on WHYR was Art Tatum's birthday; so we have a rare recording of an airshot ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ice, Ice, Baby

Read "Ice, Ice, Baby" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Mike's apparently random picks for this episode, whose release dates range from the mid-fifties to this very year, turn out to have at least one aspect in common: the artists involved illustrate different aspects of “cool."

After detours exploring Michel Petrucciani's personal life and Mike's beef with British jazz critics, we wind things ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Sarah Benasouli

Sarah Benasouli and her Sarah Benasouli Quartet is a new Jazz-style project that combines original compositions, colourful arrangements and varied influences. Sarah Benasouli is a singer, creator and writer. She fully welcomes the audience into her musical world and exciting mix of jazz, soul and ethnic music blending together a wide range of cultures and rhythms that have inspired Sarah to create a musical experience that is both unique and extraordinary in the current landscape. Born and raised in Paris, Sarah moved to Israel at the age of 14 where she began her involvement with music

The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko: Elective Affinities

Read "Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko: Elective Affinities" reviewed by AAJ Staff

In memory of Tomasz Stanko. This article was first published at All About Jazz on October 18, 2017.

Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko have recently launched an ECM super-group with which in July they toured all over Europe, performing in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Romania, as well as in their native countries, ...

Tomasz Stanko & Enrico Rava: Le Affinità Elettive

Read "Tomasz Stanko & Enrico Rava: Le Affinità Elettive" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Questo articolo era stato pubblicato l'11 settembre 2017 e viene ora riproposto in home page per ricordare il grande trombettista polacco scomparso il 29 luglio 2018.

Lo scorso luglio Enrico Rava e Tomasz Stanko hanno varato un super-gruppo ECM per un tour europeo di oltre due settimane, in Italia e Polonia, ovviamente, ma anche ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...