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ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer

Read "Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer" 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: RADIO

Bass Is the Place!

Read "Bass Is the Place!" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Where do rhythm and harmony intersect? Where do you feel the beat, not just with your ears but your whole body? Bass is the place where it all comes together. This week we celebrate some beloved jazz bass players, from riveting soloists to groundbreaking composers and consummate sidemen.

Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mark Lomax II's 400: An Afrikan Epic at Lincoln Theatre

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Mark Lomax II
Lincoln Theatre
400: An Afrikan Epic Premier
Columbus, OH
January 26, 2019

Dr. Mark Lomax II had a problem. He was to premier his creation 400: An Afrikan Epic to a sold out audience at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, but to do so, he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More

Read "Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week, we finish tracking Volume 1 of the Blue Note Review, which is now out-of-print. Volume 2 just arrived and you can listen for it in the months ahead. We also feature selections from Sonny Rollins at his first full recording date as a leader from December 1951. But, of course, there's more--see for yourself, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: MPS: 50 Years

Read "MPS: 50 Years" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 2018, MPS--Musik Produktion Schwarzwald--Records, Germany's first jazz label, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded the first release for MPS after his contract with Verve expired. Its catalog expanded to feature George Duke, Red Garland, Wolfgang Dauner, Horst Jankowski, George Shearing, Monty Alexander and many other pianists. Violin became the label's second most featured ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

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Tony Adamo
Was Out Jazz Zone Mad
Ropeadope
2018

Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joey Alexander Trio With Chris Potter at SFJAZZ

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Joey Alexander Trio with Chris Potter
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
December 13, 2018

Child prodigies have long maintained an important presence in jazz. These have included Bix Beiderbecke, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Keith Jarrett. Jarrett gave his first formal recital at the age of seven. Hancock performed on piano with the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018

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Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Falcarragh, Ireland
December 7-8, 2018

It only rained twice during the inaugural Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival--all day Friday, and then all day Saturday. Still, no amount of rain or wind could dampen the spirits of those who turned out to support this bold initiative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hersch Trio '97: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

Read "Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Fred Hersch paid some dues at the Village Vanguard, sitting in as a sideman there from 1979 on, playing with the bands of saxophonist Joe Henderson, trumpeter Art Farmer, alto sax man Lee Konitz, and bassist Ron Carter. But he waited until 1997 to make his debut as a leader. That debut was captured on ...