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Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report

Read "Retro Report" reviewed by Kevin Press

Go ahead. Judge this album by its cover. That 1970-something Ford grill tells you everything you need to know. It's big, funky and stamped Made In USA.

These 11 cuts are Hammond-organ groovy. Which is to say Delbert Bump groovy. And the only thing better than a Bump groove is one paired with former ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

Read "Formats – Solo Through Nonet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Holiday 2017 III - Popular

Read "Holiday 2017 III - Popular" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare.

David Ian
Vintage Christmas Trio
Prescott Records
2017

Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens.

Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

Read "Groovin’ Hard In Every Style" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

The Phil Norman Tentet: Then and Now

Read "Then and Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There comes a time, usually during the fifth or sixth rendition of a “franchise" movie (think “Rocky" or “Star Trek"), when the phrase “enough is enough" inevitably springs to mind. While Then and Now, the seventh album by saxophonist Phil Norman's L.A.-based all-star Tentet, lands somewhere this side of overkill, its premise--to update and reintroduce classic ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

All About Jazz is celebrating Vince Guaraldi's birthday today!

By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie pianist"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed “Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln ...

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Go Slow: The Life Of Julie London

Read "Go Slow: The Life Of Julie London" reviewed by Michael Owen

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 12: For the Night People" of Go Slow: The Life of Julie London by Michael Owen (Chicago Review Press, 2017). All Rights Reserved.

In 1965, after three years of largely recording pop tunes under Liberty Records' hit-making producer Snuff Garrett, Julie London was eager to ...

Meet Donna M.

Read "Meet Donna M." reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Reader: Are you a jazz Super Fan? Do you know a jazz Super Fan? If so, be sure to see the call-to-action at the end of this column. But first, meet our Super Fan for June, Donna M.:

Raised on soul music, Donna M. was a relative late-comer to jazz (Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts score ...