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Falling in Love with Jazz

Read "Falling in Love with Jazz" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This week we dive into the music that got me hooked on jazz, from crossover hits like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Dave Brubeck's “Take Five" to maybe lesser-known, but equally fabulous, tracks by Marc Ribot, Dave Holland, and more.

If you don't usually listen to jazz, this episode could be a good place ...

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The Fourth Of July, 2017

The Fourth Of July, 2017

It is always a challenge to decide how Rifftides should celebrate the anniversary of the independence of The United States Of America. In 2017, we are observing it with pieces by artists whose careers began on the west coast of the US before their names and their music became familiar around the world. Both works are short traditional ...

Nick Millevoi

Read "Nick Millevoi" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nick Millevoi, a young guitarist and composer of jny: Philadelphia, likes to surprise, as the sheer diversity of his project demonstrates. He has the innate curiosity of the best music explorers and is equally at ease composing for large ensembles as for small rock bands. As his bio aptly puts it, Nick Millevoi is a guitarist ...

Eddie Palmieri: Sabiduria/Wisdom

Read "Sabiduria/Wisdom" reviewed by James Nadal

In celebration of his eightieth birthday, and sixty years as a professional musician, pianist Eddie Palmieri presents Sabiduria/Wisdom, a prodigious testament to his avowed spirit of investigation, and amazing zest for life. Throughout his illustrious recording career, Palmieri has expanded upon the complexities of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, combining them with the serious elements in the melodic and ...

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: Intenso!

Read "Intenso!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il pianista, compositore e arrangiatore Clare Fischer scomparso nel 2012, resta uno dei grandi sottovalutati del jazz e questo splendido disco, prodotto dal figlio Brent, ce lo ricorda.

Il suo multiforme talento espresso nel mondo della musica latina e nel pop, lo ha portatto a undici Grammy Nominations (con due vittorie postume) ma ...

Nick Millevoi

Read "Nick Millevoi" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Jeff Parker -New Breed (International Anthem -2016).
Sto ascoltando questo disco ogni giorno da una settimana. È una splendida combinazione di loops, ritmi e suoni dal vivo. Grandi brani e l'intero album possiede uno straordinario groove, è divertente e ha un suono unico.

02. Grant Green -Goin' West (Blue Note -1969). ...

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Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo

Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo

There are plenty of jazz albums in the rock era that, on paper, never should have worked but did and still do, exceptionally well. Joe Pass's The Stones Jazz (1966) is one. Paul Desmond's Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) is another. Add Lena & Gabor (1970) to the list. When the album by vocalist Lena Horne backed ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH

Read "Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Jason Marsalis Quartet
SOUTH
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2015

It is difficult under normal circumstances for the youngest sibling in a family. When that family is named Marsalis then the dynamic changes and there exists a whole slew of standards and expectations. That is the environment that Jason ...

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Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

In 1980 when Benny Goodman appeared at the Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo, he called on Eddie Duran to solo on Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss.” The video allows us an opportunity—far too rare—to see and hear the elegance of a guitarist whose vast experience includes playing with Charlie Parker, Cal Tjader, Stan Getz, Vince ...

Meet Don Shire

Read "Meet Don Shire" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Don Shire's club-hopping habit started in Pittsburgh, but his introduction to the capital of jazz was a 1971 Freddie Hubbard gig at New York jazz institution, the Village Vanguard. And he's still going strong 45 years later. One concert particularly stands out. “When it was over, the people just looked at each other. The feeling was, ...