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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

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In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wardell Gray, "Forgotten Tenor:" An Interview with Filmmaker Abraham Ravett

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the revered but neglected tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.]

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

WOW! Bird and Bach: Them two cats really could play!

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O.K. Now that I've got your attention, what should I write about? The many articles here at AAJ have damn near covered each and every aspect on the topic of jazz and its place (albeit) always in flux and change with each and every up and coming generation of players. Where is jazz in the scheme ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Horn Soliloquy: Mort Weiss & Sam Newsome

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Solo horn recitals are nothing new. Both Anthony Braxton and Steve Lacy produced several each. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins released a sparking The Solo Album (Milestone, 1985), while Bobby Watson's alto wailed solo on This Little Light of Mine (Red Records, 1993). No other format allows the horn player more freedom than playing solo. Here are ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mort Weiss: Mort to Come

Read "Mort Weiss: Mort to Come" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Mort Weiss is a clarinetist with attitude. He has also achieved what few would dare--taking a break from music for almost 40 years and then making a successful comeback. Every man is a sum of his parts, his life story put together like pieces of a jigsaw. For some, the puzzle is simple, pieces slot together ...

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

Why Do I Write These Articles?

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The following will be an exercise in candor. I like to see my name in print on a Major--the major jazz web site. And I hope it will further better my record sales. I like to think that folks/people are finding things of interest in my remembrances that I've accumulated within my persona over a long ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Marching to a Jazz Tempo

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March came in like a lion in Albuquerque with no less than four blue-chip jazz concerts in the first five days, three of which I attended, passing on the first (the Charlie Christian Project featuring guitarist Michael Anthony and trumpeter Bobby Shew at The Outpost Performance Space) because Betty and I had seen basically the same ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Boris Kozlov

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Meet Boris Kozlov:

Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Buddy de Franco + Sonny Clark, PT 2

Buddy de Franco + Sonny Clark, PT 2

By 1954, the clarinet was all but finished as a solo instrument. Benny Goodman was largely a nostalgia act. Artie Shaw was completing his final recordings with his Gramercy Five. And other leading jazz musicians who played the “stick" did so out of necessity for studio work or as a secondary instrument. One of the only ...