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ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Ben Scholz

Read "Take Five With Ben Scholz" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Meet Ben Scholz:
Ben Scholz is a drummer and percussionist who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. A native of Portland, Oregon, Ben began playing classical piano at eight years of age and continued his studies through college. When he was in middle school his grandparents found his dad's snare drum, a gift William Ludwig ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
April 19-April 27, 2013
There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Neville: My True Story

Read "My True Story" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo aver reinterpretato i classici della soul music (Bring It on Home) e del gospel (I Know I've Been Changed, prodotto da Allen Toussaint) era inevitabile che Aaron Neville si rivolgesse al repertorio del doo-wop, lo stile vocale nato negli anni cinquanta nelle strade di Harlem e Brooklyn che ebbe vastissima popolarità per tutto quel decennio ma le cui tracce ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Neville: My True Story

Read "My True Story" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My True Story is New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville's first recording in three years and his first for Blue Note Records. Most recently, Neville has been covering familiar territory with I Know I've Been Changed (EMI Gospel, 2010), Bring It On Home... The Soul Classics (Burgundy, 2006), Christmas Prayer (EMI Gospel, 2005) and Nature Boy: The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Neville: My True Story

Read "My True Story" reviewed by Chris May

Singer Aaron Neville cut his teeth on doo-wop--a prominent sound of black urban American from the late 1940s through the start of the 1960s--as a teenager in New Orleans. Fashions change, and Neville went on to make his name in funk and soul. In 1985, he made a brief doo-wop touchdown with the EP Orchid In ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

It’s an archetypal story of the modern record business – two guys with a dream running their nascent label out of a West Hollywood garage in the summer of 1962. The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen. The two guys were Herb Alpert ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Aaron Neville - I Know I've Been Changed (2010)

Aaron Neville - I Know I've Been Changed (2010)

By Nick DeRiso With a voice that's axiomatically compared with winged messengers from God, Aaron Neville's gospel records ought to form the cornerstone of his resume, right? Instead, the New Orleans singing legend's two previous attempts felt too forced, like being dragged into church. Not this one. Neville, paired with producer Joe Henry (Elvis Costello; Rodney Crowell; Allen Toussaint, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Africa's Golden Age Revisited: Chopteeth Live!

Bursting with old-school big band power, Afrobeat crew Chopteeth know how to turn skeptical foot-tappers into shirt-whirling, wolf-whistling believers. The group regularly fills DC's dance floors with nostalgic African fans and American-born converts to the style exemplified by the now revered Fela Kuti. They've supported diverse acts from Aaron Neville to Gov't Mule, from Konono No. ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

In Memoriam: Walter Payton

Walter Payton—New Orleans bassist and music educator—has passed away at the age of 68 on Thursday, October 28, after a long illness. A native of the city, Payton taught for twenty-five years in the public school system of New Orleans where he influenced generations of young musicians, including his son, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Mr Payton ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Carlton / Tak Matsumoto: Take Your Pick

Read "Take Your Pick" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a shame that artists' careers are reduced to oversimplifications of who they are and what they're capable of. Guitarist Larry Carlton, for example--despite releasing kick-ass blues-centric records like Sapphire Blue (Bluebird, 2004) and, more recently, the exciting yet unfailingly tasty Live in Tokyo (335 Records, 2007), not to mention delivering iconic solos on Steely Dan ...