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The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel: The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

Read "The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well as possibly encoded in our spiritual genome. This orchestral music has endured a variety of ...

Miles Davis: Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6

Read "Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As discussed at length in the liners by Ashley Kahn, the general consensus at the time (and a theory Miles' held strongly too) was that his landmark Quintet --Miles Davis, John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and flight fingered pianist Wynton Kelly--was on its last leg, and you could cut the personal and creative ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 24-25, 2017

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and it was done in fine fashion. Acts from the very first festival in 1978 (A George Wein creation) appeared, as well as young up-and-coming artists. The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marco Pesatori, sotto le stelle del jazz

Read "Marco Pesatori, sotto le stelle del jazz" reviewed by Rosarita Crisafi

Marco Pesatori è un noto astrologo italiano e un intellettuale eclettico. Scrittore, laureato in Storia della critica d'arte con una tesi sul movimento Dada, è stato collaboratore di Gianni Sassi nella Cooperativa Intrapresa, un laboratorio che influenzò profondamente la cultura e l'industria discografica italiana ed europea a cavallo tra gli anni '70 e '80. Nel suo ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

John Scofield: Live

Read "John Scofield: Live" reviewed by John Kelman

John Scofield
Live
Enja Records
1977

After a lengthy hiatus, Rediscovery returns with an album that may not have represented the first time I'd heard John Scofield...but it was certainly the album that cemented my already firm impression that this was a guitarist on whom I'd have to keep a close watch. Nearly ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

ON

Read "ON" reviewed by John Kelman

While it's true that, in the rock world, there are relatively few female guitarists, especially those leaning towards the heavier and more progressive side of the equation, that doesn't mean that those intrepid enough to enter what has traditionally been a man's world should be assessed on anything but their own merits. Good guitarists are good ...

Julia Hülsmann Quartet w/ Theo Bleckmann: A Clear Midnight - Weill and America

Read "Julia Hülsmann Quartet w/ Theo Bleckmann: A Clear Midnight - Weill and America" reviewed by John Kelman

Given enough time, things in life often come around full circle. Julia Hülsmann's three recordings for Munich's ACT label were all vocal affairs, where the German pianist's core trio--with bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling--were joined by singers ranging from Norway's Rebekka Bakken to Germany's Roger Cicero. Since moving to another Munich label, the more ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds

Read "Two Birds" reviewed by Mark Corroto

On December 21st 1947 Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach recorded four Parker compositions for Savoy at United Sound Systems recording studio in Detroit, Michigan. Parker's Quintet was in town for two weeks, performing and backing Sarah Vaughan at the El Sino Club. It appears that Parker hustled to lay down ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Brecker Brothers: Heavy Metal Bebop

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The Brecker Brothers
Heavy Metal Bebop
Arista
1978

While artists more often than not look for an album title that in some way reflects the music contained within, few have come up with a name that, in three simple words, says it all as much as today's Rediscovery: The Brecker Brothers' Heavy Metal Bebop. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

Read "Manhattan Stories" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In most cases, the folklore of a happening is much stronger than the actual event. The “older I get, the better it was" credo applies to so much of the remembered past. Not so for the only documented recordings by Charles Lloyd's Quartet of guitarist Gábor Szabó, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Pete La Roca.