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ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim

Read "John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim" reviewed by Nick Catalano

A few readers may recall a triumphant 1967 recording with Frank Sinatra singing and performing alongside legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album, with arrangements by master arranger Claus Ogerman globally transported Brazilian music into stratospheric heights where it remains to the present day.

To celebrate the album's semicentennial anniversary world-renowned singer/ guitarist John ...

Ricordiamo Michael Brecker

Read "Ricordiamo Michael Brecker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono trascorsi più di dieci anni dalla morte di Michael Brecker, avvenuta il 13 gennaio 2007, il giorno dopo quella di Alice Coltrane. Brecker è stato il massimo e più influente sax tenore post-coltraniano ed è quanto mai doveroso ricordarne la vita e il percorso artistico.

Il 25 gennaio di quest'anno la comunità jazzistica ...

Bobby Selvaggio: Quantum Man

Read "Quantum Man" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For lack of a better description, the latest project by Cleveland-based musician Bobby Selvaggio is a melding of textures between the saxophonist's jazz quartet and a string quintet consisting of two violins, two violas, and cello. It's a heady assignment that many have tried over the years. In fact, there have been more failures in this ...

Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica: Iberica

Read "Iberica" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Matt Otto presents the ambitious Iberica, a trip into the sounds of music from the Iberian Peninsula--Spain and Portugal. Ensemble Iberica joins him, a guitar trio that adds--in addition to their guitars--the cavaquinto, the oud, and the Cuban tres, crafting a delicate yet expansive soundscape in this tranquil, flowing, chamber jazz outing.

This ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013).

Read "Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013)." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Scomparso il venti marzo di due anni fa all'età di sessantasette anni, Emilio Santiago è stato uno dei più sublimi interpreti della canzone popolare brasiliana. Emerso alla metà degli anni '70, l'artista carioca si è andato via via imponendo come vocalist originale, creativamente colloquiale nelle pirotecniche evoluzioni ritmico-melodiche. Il suo disco d'esordio (Emilio Santiago, 1975) è ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Michael Brecker: Now You See It...(Now You Don't)

Read "Michael Brecker: Now You See It...(Now You Don't)" reviewed by John Kelman

Michael Brecker
Now You See It...(Now You Don't)
MCA
1990

Today's Rediscovery is Now You See It...(Now You Don't), by saxophone giant Michael Brecker.

After the one-two punch of his first two recordings as a leader (excluding his 1982 collaboration with Claus Ogerman, Cityscape)-- Michael Brecker (Impulse!, 1987) and Don't Try ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way

Read "Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Maria Schneider is widely considered one of the finest contemporary band leaders, composers, and arrangers. For two decades, The Maria Schneider Orchestra has generated excitement and sometimes surprise, at club dates, concerts, and festivals and with GRAMMY-winning records on the ArtistShare label, where Schneider pioneered in the process of commissioning recordings by giving subscribers an inside ...

Take Five With Dee Bell

Read "Take Five With Dee Bell" reviewed by Dee Bell

Meet Dee Bell:
Dee Bell has three jazz albums that have all been at the top of the airplay charts. The most recent, Sagacious Grace (Laser Records) with Houston Person, was released in August 2011 and hit the JazzWeek charts at 31. Bell's debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Burstin' Out!

Read "Burstin' Out!" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Covering the Great American Songbook can be tricky, thankless work for a singer. The options for handling the material just aren't as numerous (i.e., nigh infinite) as they are for instrumentalists. Severely warping a melody, chopping it up or getting rid of it altogether work perfectly well if you're blowing through a horn. But such abstractions ...