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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Walter Smith III: Twio

Read "Twio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The unashamedly retro cover art of Twio accurately signposts the content of this imaginative album's track selection of jazz classics and standards. The only exception to this programme is Walter Smith III's original composition “Contrafact," chordally based on “Like Someone In Love" but given a 5/4 makeover. This involves the twin tenors of Smith and guest ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Taylor: Along The Way

Read "Along The Way" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On almost half of the nine tracks on Along the Way, tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor's close-knit quartet is actually a quintet thanks to the emphatic presence of the renowned Philadelphia-based tenor, Larry McKenna. Taylor's impressive visitor, two months shy of his eightieth birthday when the album was recorded in May 2017, keeps on playing with the ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz

Read "Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin is known as a forceful and dynamic soloist, both in small group and big band settings. His views of the jazz music scene, both past and present, are equally compelling.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Mr. Tabackin for this interview. Rather than insert ...

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: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

La Elemental Music ristampa il catalogo della Xanadu Records

Read "La Elemental Music ristampa il catalogo della Xanadu Records" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Grazie a produttori illuminati come Don Schlitten, il jazz degli anni Settanta ebbe modo di sottrarsi alle facili contaminazioni del rock o bossa nova. Il catalogo della sua label indipendente, la Xanadu, testimonia la capacità di attrarre con rispetto della tradizione il nuovo pubblico del jazz, riservando ampio spazio ai cosiddetti musician's musicians: artisti di culto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men

Read "The Candy Men" reviewed by Jack Bowers

At times, there is something to be said for glancing backward while moving forward, for saluting the past while embracing the present. In 1973, the Carpenters recorded another in a long series of hit songs, “Yesterday Once More," which noted how the past often parallels the present. Sometimes revisiting bygone days is a good thing; at ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kurt Jarnberg Quintet: Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package

Read "Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the late 1960s, trombonist and sometime trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg led a popular jazz quintet in his native Sweden, one that lasted for only a couple of years before disbanding. Jarnberg came back with another small group in the mid-'70s, adding vocalist Ruth Asenlund (Jarnberg) to the mix, disbanded again, then returned to action with yet ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon

Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon

Tenor saxophone giants Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon recorded together only once—on Oct. 22, 1976, for the Xanadu label. The result of the lengthy New York session were two albums—True Blue and Silver Blue. Cohn was recording regularly for Xanadu at the time and Gordon had only recently relocated to the States after spending 14 years ...