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Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

Shirley: From a Bright Clearing

Read "From a Bright Clearing" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when “fusion" became a dirty word in jazz, but it definitely occurred sometime in the 1980s. Although fusion had been embraced by many musicians and fans, there was suddenly an overriding philosophy that “real" jazz did not incorporate electric instruments or electronics. This idea has lost currency over the ...

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The Teaching: 12.26.09 Live at Dazzle

Read "12.26.09 Live at Dazzle" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

One of the most inspiring stories in jazz concerns saxophonist John Coltrane's valiant attempt to kick heroin. In the midst of a physical firestorm, Coltrane had a spiritual awakening, and he asked God to give him the means and privilege to make others happy through music--which he ultimately did, creating jazz history in the process.


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