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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

James Chance and Les Contortions: Cologne, Germany, Germany, February 28. 2013

Read "James Chance and Les Contortions: Cologne, Germany, Germany, February 28. 2013" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

James Chance and Les Contortions
Gebaude 9
Cologne, Germany
February 28, 2013

James Chance--still influential after his role as a catalyst in New York City's seventies-based No Wave movement--proved his enduring career amidst the upper creative edges is no novelty act.

Chance and his cohesive backing trio (bassist Jacques Auvergne, guitarist Pierre ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer

Read "Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bob Belden is a jazz renaissance man: a flutist and saxophonist who began his career with Woody Herman's big band. He's also a composer and arranger, who has orchestrated jazz treatments of Puccini's opera Turandot as well as the music of The Beatles, Sting and Prince. His pair of tributes to trumpeter Miles Davis--Miles from India ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

Read "Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows" reviewed by Jim Gerard

On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

The Beginnings of Free Form

Read "The Beginnings of Free Form" reviewed by Sammy Stein

"Free form" is a term used to encompass a whole genre--or genres--outside mainstream jazz. Jazz has its roots in spiritual music, Dixieland, New Orleans, blues and ragtime, and after the 1940s these became fused into a catch-all assignation of genre. Jazz took on a predictability that was largely influenced not by the limitations of the players, ...