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Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

Meet John Reilly

Read "Meet John Reilly" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

John Reilly--yet another of our Super Fans who works for the city of New York--was born on Staten Island, where he still lives. We don't know if it's something to do with working for the city, or just a function of growing up in the capital of jazz, but John is the real thing. The son ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Meet Kenny Garrett

Read "Meet Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Craig Jolley

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

First tier alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is notorious for his energy and for his ability to spontaneously compose (improvise). He announced himself twenty years ago in the bands of Freddie Hubbard ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Hutcherson: A Life In Jazz

Read "Bobby Hutcherson: A Life In Jazz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in February 1999.

Listen to any one of Bobby Hutcherson's albums for Blue Note during the mid-'60's and '70's, he made well over thirty, and you will see just why he is the best vibraphonist in jazz. Dialogue with Andrew Hill, Components with a fiery ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages

Read "Ask the Ages" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 1994, guitarist Sonny Sharrock died from a sudden heart attack at age 53, leaving behind a body of cutting-edge jazz guitar compositions and recordings that still sounds ahead of its time.

Ask the Ages (1991, Island), Sharrock's last official release, literally was one for the ages, recorded with an amazing quartet which teamed the ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More

Read "Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Terry Adams
Talk Thelonious
Clang! Records / Euclid Records
2015

Thelonious Monk's music has been more misunderstood and misinterpreted than most composers.' How you play Monk's music is just as important as what you play, and what you don't play is often just as important as what you ...

Ornette Coleman and Humanity: Parts 1 and 2

Read "Ornette Coleman and Humanity: Parts 1 and 2" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Part One

When we sleep, we're often in commune with our soul. As you wake, you may receive some gentle messages for you to try and remember or use. A few years back as I was waking up I felt that everything in my life was about to change in a way I could ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charnett Moffett: Spirit Of Sound

Read "Spirit Of Sound" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett's first two releases on the Motéma imprint came out two years apart; his third and fourth releases for the same label--The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (Motéma Music, 2013) and the outing under discussion here--arrive a mere three months apart. His working pace has clearly quickened, but the quality of the music hasn't suffered ...

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Motema Takes Flight With Steady Stream of Breakthrough Albums

Motéma Music's tenth anniversary year is in full swing, and as the summer heats up, the Harlem-based label has much cause for celebration. The month of July kicked off with vibraphonist Joe Locke's May release Lay Down My Heart, spending two weeks in the #1 slot on the Jazz Week chart. For the week of July ...

Alone Together: Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary on Motéma

Read "Alone Together: Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary on Motéma" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Motéma Music has a tremendous amount of material coming through the pipeline as the imprint celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013. Drummer Jaimeo Brown's forward-thinking debut, vibraphonist Joe Locke's take on the mellow and bluesy, vocalist Rondi Charleston's most mature outing to date, and a trio release from pianist Eldar Djangirov are all hitting shelves around ...