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NEWS: RECORDING

Art Van Damme with Flutes

Art Van Damme with Flutes

Between now and the end of 2017, the entire MPS jazz catalog of 500 albums will be reissued digitally as downloads. The German record label known for its sterling sound was founded in 1968 and lasted until 1983, when the rights were sold to Polygram. MPS stood for Musik Produktion Schwarzwald—or Music Production Black Forest, where ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Art Van Damme: A Perfect Match

Art Van Damme: A Perfect Match

Jammed with writing assignments this week, I spent yesterday working and listening to accordionist Art Van Damme. It makes no sense to tell you how much Van Damme swings, since all great jazz accordionists swing. What made Van Damme singular were his thick chord voicings and his groovy attack, which sounded almost vocal. So teaming with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

North America Jazz Alliance: The Montreal Sessions

Read "The Montreal Sessions" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The North America Jazz Alliance brings together two American and four Canadian musicians to perform the music heard in the nightclubs of the 60s and 70s on The Montreal Sessions. Producer Peter Maxymych further wanted to focus on the accordion-led bands of the era of which, the most famous was that of the late Art Van ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

North America Jazz Alliance: The Montreal Sessions

Read "The Montreal Sessions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A producer's wish to recapture the sound of an accordion legend's band set the ball in motion for this recording. Producer Peter Maxymych wanted to “recreate a sound that was heard in clubs and other venues in the 1960s and '70s." Maxymych goes on to note that “accordion was the lead instrument in those groups and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?

Read "For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Did you know that April is Jazz Appreciation Month? Neither did I until I chanced upon a press release to that effect. According to the Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Jazz website, there are “celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries." If I'm not mistaken, New Mexico is one of those 50 states, and no one here ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo Coaster

Read "Rollo Coaster" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Chances are you have never heard the accordion played the way Victor Prieto plays it. Indeed, much like Toots Thielemans established the harmonica in the jazz lore huffing and puffing bop lines through his teeth, Prieto breaks the glass ceiling hovering above the crown of Cyrillus Demian's patented invention, squeezing improvised airs with a technical assurance ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Accordion Jazz Legend Art Van Damme, 1920-2010

Accordion Jazz Legend Art Van Damme, 1920-2010

By Rob Howard Art Van Damme died on February 15th 2010 after being ill with pneumonia for several weeks. A Memorial to this great accordion jazz legend is now online and you can add your Tribute to his Tribute Wall on the Art Van Damme memorials site. Art Van Damme was born on April 9th 1920 in Norway, ...