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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Brian Lynch Big Band: The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music

Read "The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Aside from being a multi-award-winning trumpeter and composer, Brian Lynch appears to be an avid reader and social arbiter as well. His twenty-third album as leader, a two-CD set whose protracted and austere name, The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music, belies its bold and free-hearted nature, is dedicated to a number ...

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Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation!

Read "Jubilation!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The complete title of this splendid album by alto saxophonist Jim Snidero and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's New York-based quintet is Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley. In other words, honoring the life and music of one of the jazz world's most illustrious altos, a consummate artist (and showman) who ranks alongside Bird, Stitt, Pepper, Konitz, Desmond, Woods, McLean ...

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McClenty Hunter Jr.: The Groove Hunter

Read "The Groove Hunter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer McClenty Hunter Jr. has left an indelible mark on the scene in the years since his move from the Washington D.C. area to the New York proving grounds. Whether taking to the studio with Jim Snidero, tearing it up on stage with icons like Curtis Fuller and Lou Donaldson, or holding down the fort during ...

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Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley

Read "Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Jim Snidero and Jeremy Pelt celebrate the late, great alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley. On this release, the band pays homage to the artist's classic quintet, as Pelt's meaty tone rekindles the aura of trumpeter Nat Adderley. The tunes--largely composed by Julian or Nat--capture a portion of the original quintet's setlist, with the festivities enriched by ...

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Neil Slater: Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas

Read "Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1942, a University of North Texas graduate music student, M. E. Hall, was asked to teach dance band arranging to two students, an activity that led to his thesis on a closely related topic. That thesis developed into the foundation of the school's jazz curriculum. Years later, Hall helped launch the jazz program which included ...

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Jim Snidero: MD66

Read "MD66" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Sin dal titolo MD66 mette in evidenza le linee estetiche di questo progetto di Jim Snidero, che intende omaggiare il secondo quintetto davisiano degli anni Sessanta. Le composizioni originali presentano brevi cellule melodiche come volano per una solida trama ritmica, attraversata da un ottimo interplay. Non è un disco che ridefinisce il futuro del ...

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Il meglio del 2016 secondo Maurizio Zerbo

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Maurizio Zerbo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

il 2016 non è stato particolarmente felice per chi ama il jazz, non mi è stato facile stilare questa lista di 12 CD da consigliare. Particolarmente degni di nota il nuovo album di Dino e Franco Piana e soprattutto l'omaggio di Brian Lynch allo sfortunato trombettista Woody Shaw. Da amare e consigliare anche le ristampe Blue ...

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Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

Read "Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound. He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New ...

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The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix

Read "The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix" reviewed by Patricia Myers

The Nash Second Anniversary The Nash/Private Home Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona October 31, November 1-2, 2014 There's something about the way Lewis Nash plays drums. No, there's everything about the way he plays drums--selectively, tastefully, underplaying vs. bombastic; in a word, elegantly. Nash's classy combination of swing and sophistication was abundantly evident during ...


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