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Dexter Gordon: Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975

Read "Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though in many regards a standard, none-too-frenetic quartet setting, Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 is still as grand a starting point for Elemental Music's inaugural launch of previously unreleased jazz performances as can be.

Gordon found himself exuberantly liberated from the antiquated (and sadly all too present) prejudices of America during his fourteen-year expatriation ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Summer 2018

Read "Summer 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Fred Hersch Trio
Heartsong
Sunnyside Records
2018

The longer Fred Hersch plays, the ...

Woody Shaw: Tokyo 1981

Read "Tokyo 1981" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That trumpeter Woody Shaw is considered “underrated" may be a considerable understatement. Shaw died at age 44 in 1989, but he managed to release 33 recordings as a leader (27 in his lifetime) and worked in collaboration with Gary Bartz, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell, Eric Dolphy and most notably with Dexter Gordon, on his ...

Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975

Read "Tokyo 1975" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Elemental Music is a record label that can be uttered in the same breath with Omnivore Records and Resonance Records. These labels can be credited with significant additions to the universal jazz catalog. Near recent examples of unreleased performances put out by Elemental Music include: Art Pepper Live At Fat Tuesday's (2015) and Red Garland's Swingin' ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Tornano i tesori della Xanadu

Read "Tornano i tesori della Xanadu" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Proseguono le riedizioni dei dischi della Xanadu grazie all'accordo tra Zev Feldman e Jordi Soley di Elemental Music e la società The Orchard, attuale proprietaria dell'etichetta fondata da Don Schlitten. Dopo un primo assaggio di sei dischi uscito qualche mese fa, il nuovo capitolo della Master Edition Series è corposo e ci dà l'occasione per rievocare ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Art Pepper: Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s

Read "Art Pepper: Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The discovery and release of Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday's is a surprising and welcome event that has some precedence in jazz reportage. “Art Pepper, 1926-1982" is a much anthologized obituary on Pepper by jazz writer Gary Giddins, originally published in his book Rhythm-a-ning (Da Capo Press, 1985) written shortly after the saxophonist's death. In ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Red Garland: Swingin’ on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner

Read "Swingin’ on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's often been written about many (sometimes less deserving) artists, but in his case it's genuinely true: Pianist Red Garland played on too many classic jazz albums--especially in bop quintets led by Miles Davis and John Coltrane--to fully count. Swingin' on the Korner, a 1977 trio date with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Philly Joe Jones ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Red Garland: Swingin’ on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner

Read "Swingin’ on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dismissed as a subpar “cocktail pianist" when he joined Miles Davis' first great quintet in 1955 when Davis had returned from chemical exile, William “Red" Garland would go on to define mainstream jazz piano on a series of recordings (as leader and sideman) taped between 1955 and 1962. Readily identifiable was his easy swing, supreme command ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Red Garland Trio: Swingin' on the Korner

Read "Swingin' on the Korner" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il fiuto di Red Garland, a suo tempo, suggerì a Miles Davis di ingaggiare prima Philly Joe Jones e poi John Coltrane, per formare un simpatico quintetto. Solo per queste intuizioni Garland andrebbe posto su un piedistallo nel mondo del jazz. Ma William Red era anche un gran pianista, realizzatore di una sintesi mirabile tra l'eredità ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4: New York Concerts

Read "New York Concerts" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Documento di importanza storica, portato alla preziosa pubblicazione dalla tenacia del produttore Zev Feldman che lo ha rinvenuto nel 2012 nell'archivio di George Klabin, presidente dell'etichetta Resonace Records, New York Concerts rimedia a una lacuna nella produzione di Jimmy Giuffre e nel contempo dà modo di ascoltare alcune tra le sue musiche più significative. A renderle ...