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Carl Michel: Music in Motian

Read "Music in Motian" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Late drummer, texturalist, bandleader, and composer Paul Motian holds a revered space in the post-bop of the last half century. From early stints with Lennie Tristano and Coleman Hawkins to his seared-into-legend work with Bill Evans on Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Riverside Records, 1961), and Waltz for Debby (Riverside Records, 1962)); through his fiery live ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

Read "Tiddy Boom" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Michael Blake cita espressamente tre sassofonisti nelle rarefatte note di copertina di questo album: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young e Ross Taggart. I primi due sono la fonte di ispirazione di questo eccellente Tiddy Boom, mentre Taggart viene menzionato soprattutto per ricordarne la figura, di recente scomparsa.
Ma non sarebbe sbagliato tirare fuori dall'armadio anche ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli

Read "The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

bal * lad
:noun \'ba-ləd\
A slow popular song that is typically about love.

The ballad remains one of the most durable vehicles in any music genre. In jazz, it is a make-or-break format capable of revealing the haves and haves not in the jazz vocals department. There have been ...