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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rosario Bonaccorso Quartet: A New Home

Read "A New Home" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a trend in jazz today to abandon beauty for technical ability. Odd meter and eccentric changes replace sympathetic music making, favoring skills over art. Thank the heavens there are those who have never abandoned beauty. One such musician is bassist Rosario Bonaccorso. His quartet recording A New Home is an exercise in elegance and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobbi Humphrey: Blacks And Blues

Read "Blacks And Blues" reviewed by Chris May

The title of the album and that of its opening track ("Chicago, Damn"), the original release date (1973) and the 'fro might suggest flautist Bobbi Humphrey's Blacks And Blues came with a clenched-fist salute and a political manifesto. But hey, Humphrey's third Blue Note release was composed and produced in La La Land by brothers Fonce ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Lawrence: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by Thad Aerts

On Contrast, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory's second recording for Posi-Tone, the group executes a classic framework held together with tight chemistry. Lawrence may be the leader, but the gist of the end product is a very democratic arrangement where no one musician or group of musicians takes precedence. Each shine at various times throughout Contrast. ...

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 ...

Laid-Back Jazz Guitar: Kenny Burrell and Grant Green

Read "Laid-Back Jazz Guitar: Kenny Burrell and Grant Green" reviewed by Marc Davis

When I'm in the mood for jazz guitar, I have two go-to albums: Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue and Grant Green's Idle Moments.

It always surprises me. Growing up in the 1960s and '70s, I was a big fan of hard and fast rock guitars. Who wasn't? Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan

Read "Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan
Ellen Johnson
234 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8108-8836-4
Rowman & Littlefield
2014

That Ellen Johnson's revealing portrait of Sheila Jordan is the first full biography of the eighty five-year old Pennsylvanian-born singer reaffirms the notion that the dominant jazz narrative has always lionized ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Read "Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Uncompromising Expression:75 Years of the Finest in Jazz
Richard Havers
400 pages
ISBN: # 978-1-4521-4144-2
Chronicle Books
2014

It's probably still a bit of an understatement to suggest that Blue Note Records has become one of the most iconic labels associated with recorded jazz. Now in its 75th year, ...

Hank Mobley: The Feelin's Good

Read "Hank Mobley: The Feelin's Good" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The mists of time have a way of obscuring the motives behind people's decisions. “What were they thinking?" and “It must have seemed like a good idea at the time" must be among the most universal human sentiments. In the music business, a session gets recorded, and often it gets released, but occasionally it doesn't. Sometimes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfest Berlin 2012: Berlin, Germany, November 1-4, 2012

Read "Jazzfest Berlin 2012: Berlin, Germany, November 1-4, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzfest Berlin 2012
Berlin, Germany
November 1-4, 2012
In 1964, famous pioneering jazz aficionado and impresario Joachim E. Behrendt founded the legendary Berlin Jazztage. The event, nowadays named Jazzfest Berlin, with its tumultuous history and multitude of faces, has since worked with a variety of different artistic directors. This year was the beginning of a new ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

ACT: 20 Years of Magical Music

Read "ACT: 20 Years of Magical Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Nowadays, creating a record label is closer to the norm than the exception. The real sign of success in a fleeting music business, where the sale of records constantly declines, is staying power. This year, 2012, the German record label ACT Music is able to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Not a mean feat for a company ...