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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

All About Jazz is celebrating Herbie Hancock's birthday today!

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie\'s success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century\'s visionaries. With an ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

Read "Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he approached the age of ninety, Cecil Taylor could be excused for some of his indulgences. Still highly opinionated on a range of subjects; still chain smoking, still harboring old resentments, and so on. For a man from whom new ideas sprang constantly and effortlessly, Taylor could get stuck in real-world dramas. He had a ...

Kamaal Williams: The Return

Read "The Return" reviewed by Chris May

Cross-pollination of jazz and hip hop has spread fast during the 2010s. In-the-moment creativity and giving-the-drummer-some are powerful synergies. In the US, key players include Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Christian Scott. In Britain, they include the extended family of musicians associated with reed player Shabaka Hutchings and the Brownswood Recordings label. Some of the British players ...

Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, ...

Spirit Fingers: Spirit Fingers

Read "Spirit Fingers" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the debut album and brainchild of leader, pianist and composer Greg Spero, an undeniably gifted pianist and composer who has been mentored by fellow keyboardists and Miles Davis alumni Robert Irving III and Herbie Hancock. The musicians Spero assembled for his project amount to a veritable supergroup in terms of their prodigious talent. The ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Suite Theory

Read "Suite Theory" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In 2005 Mica Bethea was studying music at the University of Northern Florida when he was involved in a serious traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic. That ended his being able to play any musical instruments so instead he threw his energies into learning composition and arrangement. He has released two previous albums of music ...

Nils Frahm: All Melody

Read "All Melody" reviewed by Phil Barnes

As we try and make sense of our world there is always a temptation to simplify the complex, to set parameters or limiting factors on a choice or decision to make it manageable. For many this translates into only feeling successful if particular pre-conditions are met--say if a particular person or clique acknowledges our worth, maybe ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Herbie Hancock: Quintessential Quintet Live

Read "Herbie Hancock: Quintessential Quintet Live" reviewed by Jim Worsley

It was a thunderous, sprawling, and intoxicatingly brilliant performance. And that was just the first fifteen minutes of Herbie Hancock's extraordinary concert Wednesday night, March 7, at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego, presented by the La Jolla Music Society.

Before introducing his exceptionally talented bandmates, Hancock jokingly told the crowd that he, ...

David Series: Meerkat Parade

Read "Meerkat Parade" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Apparently the official term is “clan" or “mob" when meerkats gather in a group. Despite their being social animals, nothing suggests they'd be organized enough for anything resembling a parade--that would only be a silly distraction from the business of burrowing, foraging and avoiding the jackals. Nonetheless David Series and a sharp crew find some good ...