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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Art of Conduction

Read "The Art of Conduction" reviewed by Riccardo Brazzale

The Art of Conduction. A conduction Workbook
Lawrence “Butch" Morris (Daniela Veronesi -ed.)
Karma
224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1942607427

Lawrence Douglas “Butch" Morris was undoubtedly one of the most unusual and, at the same time, influential figures on the “New Jazz" scene of the last decades.

Born on ...

Paul Van Kemenade Quartet: Checking Out

Read "Checking Out" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Paul van Kemenade might just be the least publicly known (at least outside of Europe) jazz musician who has a discography going back to 1979.

His latest effort Checking Out, featuring Han Bennink on drums, bassist Ernst Glerum and trombonist Ray Anderson, will hopefully bring him and his music much more notoriety. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Thomas Jäderlund Amazing Trio: Plays Jazz

Read "Plays Jazz" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

In questo gradevolissimo CD, il veterano sassofonista svedese Thomas Jäderlund guida il proprio trio alla riscoperta di quattro temi di Ornette Coleman e altrettanti di Charles Mingus. Lui si divide fra il sax alto, su cui sfoggia una bella voce schiettamente ornettiana (appunto), e il sopranino (due soli brani, entrambi di Mingus: “Fables of Faubus" e ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut

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Harold McNair
Harold McNair / Flute & Nut
Dutton Vocalion
2012 (1968/1969)

The story of Jamaican saxophonist/flautist Harold McNair is one of the great “what-might've-beens" of British jazz. He was, by all accounts, a charming, well-mannered guy with a beautiful sound on tenor, alto and, in particular, on flute, and the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joe McPhee: Artistic Sacrifice from a Musical Prophet

Read "Joe McPhee: Artistic Sacrifice from a Musical Prophet" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

He could have easily chosen a different path: a more successful one or, perhaps we should say, a more commercial one. But that has never been the style or the character of multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. His saint-like humility reflects a gentle and wise creative spirit; his music and poetry are a mirror into the human condition. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior

Read "Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

For many decades, Philadelphia has been home to a cadre of multi-generational jazz musicians who go on year-after-year composing, arranging and performing some of the best, highest level music to be heard anywhere. This tradition is exemplified in no better way than by alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Bobby Zankel.

Zankel apprenticed with legendary ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Bassist Charnett Moffett Interviewed at AAJ

Bassist Charnett Moffett Interviewed at AAJ

"I enjoy all of the music, just as I enjoy different aspects of color in paintings, or different people, or different types of food, or things of that nature. For me, it seems to be a more interesting way of life to have an appreciation for all that is offered on the planet."

With that simple ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charnett Moffett: Improvisational Artistry

Read "Charnett Moffett: Improvisational Artistry" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I enjoy all of the music, just as I enjoy different aspects of color in paintings, or different people, or different types of food, or things of that nature. For me, it seems to be a more interesting way of life to have an appreciation for all that is offered on the planet."

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Bradford: Self-Determination in the Great Basin

Read "Bobby Bradford: Self-Determination in the Great Basin" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Born in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1934 and raised between Dallas and Los Angeles, trumpeter Bobby Bradford began playing with Ornette Coleman in Los Angeles in the 1950s, and replaced Don Cherry in an unrecorded Coleman quartet during the early 1960s. However, the most significant partnership in Bradford's musical life was with the clarinetist and composer John ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bobby Bradford: With John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble

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Bobby Bradford
With John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Nessa Records
2009

In the instances that European and American improvisers have commingled and produced concerts and recordings, especially in the halcyon days of European free improvisation (the 1970s), a significant number of these situations resulted from expatriation. And it's ...