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Steve Haines: And the Third Floor Orchestra

Read "And the Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the Fifties and Sixties it was very common to have jazz recordings that would feature a vocal or instrumental soloist like Ella Fitzgerald or Stan Getz in front of a full orchestra. That still happens today but nowhere as frequently as it once did. Bassist and composer Steve Haines revives that tradition with an amazing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Austin, Jr: Songs in the Key of Wonder

Read "Songs in the Key of Wonder" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, James Austin, Jr. has established himself as an accomplished pianist and bandleader. He honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary musicians, including extensive study with renowned jazz educator Barry Harris, receiving numerous accolades and awards along the way, including the honor of being selected as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Broom: Soul Fingers

Read "Soul Fingers" reviewed by Jim Trageser

A thematic sequel to his 2007 release, Song and Dance, Bobby Broom's Soul Fingers is a deep-pile take on late 1960s--early 1970s pop, with Broom in his best Wes Montgomery vein, giving new soul-jazz life to one-time chart hits.

And yet, it's also a break from Song and Dance because Broom has changed his ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today

Read "Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today" reviewed by Corey Hall

What would your sensibilities say if an established jazz guitarist, supported by organ and drums, reinterpreted Seals and Crofts' “Summer Breeze," the Beatles' “Come Together," and Steely Dan's “Do It Again"?

Perhaps you have heard this guitarist before with Sonny Rollins or Stanley Turrentine; maybe you heard the album where his guitar-acoustic bass-drums trio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kobie Watkins: Movement

Read "Movement" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Solidifying a musical 'voice' could take five years, or it could take 15 years. Yet when an artist's 'voice' or style comes, well, you just know it. The result is work with musical moves that are distinctive and ideas that are au courant. Drummer/Composer/Bandleader Kobie Watkins' voice resounds with artistic certainty and savoir faire on his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage

Read "Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage" reviewed by K. Shackelford

jny: Chicago native Kobie Watkins is a leading voice in the new generation of jazz drummers. I saw Watkins several months ago at The Jazz Room in jny: Charlotte and his performance was bananas--the crowd was in awe and after each solo there was thundering applause. An absolute wonder to watch, his polyrhythmic creativity and concepts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Spin Quartet: In Circles

Read "In Circles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

2014 has been a stellar year for jazz quartets working without chording instruments--two horns, bass/drums, no piano, no guitar. Trumpeter Tom Harrell released the marvelous a very groove-based Trip (High Note Records); a somewhat old-timey sounding Riverside (Greenleaf Music), featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas; the smoldering and hypnotic The Lathe of Heaven (ECM Records) by the Mark ...

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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The third installment of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' live performances, Road Shows, Volume 3 is the most uniformly outstanding of the series. A task that is hard to achieve since the first two albums were superb musical gems in their own right. Despite covering a span of 11 years the current disc demonstrates extreme thematic cohesiveness, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Since launching his Doxy label in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album Sonny, Please, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been turning to his vast archive of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in Doxy’s acclaimed Road Shows series. The selections in Volume 1 (2008) spanned nearly 30 years and included ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins: Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival, Spain, November 20, 2012

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Sonny Rollins
Palau de la Música
44 Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
November 20, 2012

Traditionally marked in the calendar for being fascist dictator Franco's death anniversary, November 20--or 20-N, as referred to in Spain--has frequently been accompanied by some infamous demonstrations where the restrictive and attacking attitudes that would, by now, hopefully be a ...