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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club

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Bob DeVos Quartet
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair, NJ
January 26, 2018

We live in a time when some of the septuagenarian jazz survivors, with roots in the music's venerated years, are taking a well-deserved victory lap. They've earned the right to expect audiences to pay to hear them ...

Akiko Tsuruga: So Cute, So Bad

Read "So Cute, So Bad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On more than one occasion I've sat back while listening to jazz organ giants of yore and thought to myself, “they don't make 'em like this anymore." And while it's true that one-of-a-kind greats like Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff are gone for good, and nobody ...

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Keyboard Event: 1981

Keyboard Event: 1981

On January 20, 1981, a keyboard concert was held at New York's Carnegie Hall featuring Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Eubie Blake, Buddy Williams, Sir Roland Hanna, Kenny Barron, Bobby Hutcherson, Hubert Laws, Stanley Clarke, Arthur Blythe, George Duke, Bob James, Charles Earland and Rodney Franklin. The following video features the entire One Night Stand: A Keyboard ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet: That Feelin'

Read "That Feelin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike LeDonne's splendid Groover Quartet has earned a cozy groove for itself, somewhere between fresh from the oven and the halcyon days of organ combos led by Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson and others. While embracing their essential groundwork on the one hand, LeDonne moves steadily forward with the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Catalano, Jimmy Chamberlain, David Sanborn: Bye Bye Blackbird

Read "Bye Bye Blackbird" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Frank Catalano dev'essere stufo dell'etichetta di “giovane prodigio." Alla soglia dei 40 anni con una carriera ventennale, il musicista di Chicago ha tutte le carte in regola per essere considerato un esponente di punta tra i sassofonisti Rhythm & Blues, i cosiddetti honkers. Ha esordito a 17 anni con l'organista Charles Earland, l'anno seguente era già ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974

Read "Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

When saxophonist and composer, Kamasi Washington, released his tripple album, The Epic in 2015, it was celebrated widely, not only in the spheres of jazz, but also in rock magazines. Washington was clearly on to something, forging a new spiritual sound that married world music, orchestral funk and free jazz.

However, new sounds ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob DeVos: Six String Solos

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It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Bob DeVos' work as a leader that, in the absence of a band, the guitarist's virtues remain intact and shine even brighter. One goes to DeVos' gigs--mostly in and around northern New Jersey, usually in trio and quartet formats--with high expectations. Encompassing the simultaneous employment of ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Music Education Monday: B-3 for beginners

Music Education Monday: B-3 for beginners

The sound of the Hammond B-3 organ is an integral part of many American musical genres, from blues and funk to gospel and soul. It's been part of jazz, too, almost since its invention in 1935, but really came into prominence starting in the 1950s thanks to Jimmy Smith. Smith, a jny: Philadelphia native who started as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bob DeVos Quartet at the 12th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest

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Bob DeVos Quartet
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
12h Annual Jazz and Brew Fest
West Orange, NJ
September 19, 2015

A loud, protracted rumble, not unlike the sound of aircraft hovering overhead, briefly marred the second selection of a set by guitarist Bob DeVos' Quartet. It took a minute ...