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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Henderson: The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2

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If any jazz performance from the 1980s could be thought of as a landmark statement, Joe Henderson's live State of the Tenor sessions would surely float to the top of the list. Recorded at the Village Vanguard over three nights in November 1985 and originally released on Blue Note Records two years later, State of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

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My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Pat Martino Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 24, 2017

This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz

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Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz
Fred Hersch
307 Pages
ISBN: #9781101904343
Crown Archetype Press
2017

Disclaimer #1: Like the author, I harbor a blood pathogen (he HIV, me Leukemia) that is intent on killing me.

Disclaimer #2: Being of similar ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
August 18, 2017

In this supremely swinging hard bop set, Toronto-born New York saxophonist Grant Stewart joined long-time Philadelphia musicians: organist Lucas Brown, drummer Dan Monaghan, and special guest John Swana to knock out standards with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Melissa Aldana: Back Home

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Back Home, quarto disco da leader di Melissa Aldana, sassofonista cilena vincitrice del prestigioso Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competion 2013, ha tutte le caratteristiche per diventare un piccolo classico del genere. Per la maturità dimostrata dalla ventisettenne sassofonista, la rigorosità del repertorio, la solidità del trio, la definizione del suono. Le nove composizioni del disco, otto ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way

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Morality matters to all of us. We protest when we are robbed or defrauded. We praise heroes and heroines. We condemn moral monsters. We laud a Mother Teresa and condemn a Ted Bundy. We recognize good and bad habits. We rebuke those who do evil; we praise those who do good. We attempt to honor our ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms: From the Region

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An imagined overheard conversation in heaven between Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi goes something like this: “If only all music could swing this hard, there would be no need for war."

Okay, maybe it wasn't MLK and Gandhi, but it could have been Horace Silver and Joey Ramone.

In a trio format, Vibraphonist ...

Miles Davis, Volume 1 and 2 -- Blue Note 1501 and 1502

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Miles Davis didn't record much for Blue Note Records, just three sessions in three years. So it's odd that the very first two CDs in Blue Note's classic 1500 series--the 100 albums from the 1950s that made Blue Note the top label in hard bop--are from Miles Davis.

They're not bad records, but they're ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

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Azar Lawrence Quartet
RG Club
Venice, CA
January-September 2013

2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...