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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The turkey trot and tango became so popular by 1914 that the Vatican saw fit to denounce them. American ballrooms, once invaded by European dance steps, were now throbbing to these sexier moves. In his eminent book, The History Of Jazz, author Ted Gioia argues that such new currents in social dancing also forced a change ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

Read "Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

Read "Formats – Solo Through Nonet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture

Read "The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Five All About Jazz interviews provided source information for this article. To access them, click on the following links:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[In a series of five interviews entitled “The Many Faces of Jazz: Critical Dialogues," All ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center

Read "Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jim Ridl
Tones and Tomes in Tempo
DiMenna Center
New York, NY
October 19, 2017

Jim Ridl is a brilliant and imaginative pianist whose music is true to his North Dakota origins while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Versatile and adaptive to almost any situation, he fronts his own ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim

Read "John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim" reviewed by Nick Catalano

A few readers may recall a triumphant 1967 recording with Frank Sinatra singing and performing alongside legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album, with arrangements by master arranger Claus Ogerman globally transported Brazilian music into stratospheric heights where it remains to the present day.

To celebrate the album's semicentennial anniversary world-renowned singer/ guitarist John ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2017

Read "Moers Festival 2017" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
June 5, 2017

Most questions and concerns regarding the present or future state of the Moers Festival could probably be answered just a few steps inside the staging grounds by looking at the smiling swarms.

At the same time last year, such a scenario was much ...

The New Vision Sax Ensemble: Musical Journey Through Time

Read "Musical Journey Through Time" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from South Florida, this enterprising quartet was instigated by baritonist Melton R. Mustafa in 1999. There aren't actually that many saxophone-only quartets around, although 29th Street Saxophone Quartet and World Saxophone Quartet are two that spring to mind, and both had an influence on this quartet.

Aside from the lively interpretation of Bobby ...

Fini Bearman: Burn The Boat

Read "Burn The Boat" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vocalist Fini Bearman made an impressive debut as a leader with Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011), a set of her original songs. In 2014 she effectively re-imagined classics on her second album, Porgy And Bess. Burn The Boat returns to the structure of her debut release, presenting another nine of Bearman's original compositions, with the ...