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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ

Read "Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Miles Electric Band
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
June 11, 2016

Since his death in 1991, one month after his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl, there has been a vacancy in the jazz trumpet chair. While many have risen as stars on the instrument, no one has quite matched Miles ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Smith: Drummer For All Seasons

Read "Steve Smith: Drummer For All Seasons" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Drummer Steve Smith has traced the history of jazz drumming--pretty much most of American music drumming--in his storied career that has seen him drive big bands, small jazz combos, and fiery fusion groups, including tenures with Jean Luc Ponty and the rock band Journey.

Though sometimes--as in the case of jazz-rock fusion--he was thrown ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz

Read "Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Any blues played by Oz Noy would have to be a little twisted. Drawing on influences ranging from the classic jazz guitarists of yesteryear to the trailblazers of more recent vintage, Noy's instantly recognizable voice is also heavily influenced by blues and heavy metal guitarists.

Two and a half years have passed since Twisted ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis: Legendary Concerts

Read "Legendary Concerts" reviewed by Chris May

Like the curate's egg, parts of trumpeter Miles Davis' 1980s recordings and performances were excellent, and others considerably less so. The 1985 Columbia album, You're Under Arrest--of which the CD/DVD set Legendary Concerts was a partial live performance, with one important personnel change--was the strongest of the early to mid 1980s albums, on which keyboardist Robert ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Beasley: Everyone Loves John

Read "John Beasley: Everyone Loves John" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Keyboardist John Beasley (aka “The Bease" to friends and family) is a musician's musician and one of the busiest professionals in the game. His biography and list of credits are so broad and deep that they could fill an NFL playbook.

If NASA or MIT were to invent a device that could measure creative and ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

Read "Death, Rebirth & New Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland, October 26-28, 2012

Read "Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland, October 26-28, 2012" reviewed by Martin Longley

Cork Jazz Festival 2012
Cork, Ireland
October 26-28, 2012

Cork is Ireland's second city, but it still doesn't feel like too much of a metropolis. Its jazz festival has been running for 34 years, and is always scheduled to coincide with the national public holiday weekend at the ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Miles Evans: Two-Part Harmony

Read "Miles Evans: Two-Part Harmony" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

Trumpeter Miles Evans, like saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, has faced the plus/minus of being the son of a jazz icon--in this case, legendary composer/arranger/bandleader Gil Evans. But if Ravi's exposure to his father was cut short by the saxophonist's too-early demise in 1967, just shy of the youngster's second birthday, Miles had the opportunity to grow up ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz Festival: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 6-8, 2012

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North Sea Jazz Festival
Ahoy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 6-8, 2012

The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands seems ideal for a jazz festival. It's a large enough metropolis to hold things of interest for any tourist--arts, culture, architecture, fine eateries, interesting activities--while at the same time being friendly, laidback and manageable. Toss the mammoth ...