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ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Chick Corea Trilogy At The Flynn Center

Read "The Chick Corea Trilogy At The Flynn Center" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade
The Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
Burlington, Vermont
October 15, 2019

The Chick Corea Trilogy may have played it safe on the Flynn Mainstage October 15th, but that didn't prevent frequent eruptions of robust applause from around the stately venue ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Read "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from flutist Haruna Fukazawa, vocalists Svetlana, Emma Frank and Jazzmeia Horn, soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, plus a rediscovered Miles Davis recording, with birthday shout outs to Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes"), Claire Martin, Tom Wopat, Alyssa Allgood and Lorraine Feather, among others.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gregg Allman: Laid Back Deluxe Edition

Read "Laid Back Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back (Capricorn, 1973), is the ideal candidate for a Deluxe Edition reissue and remaster. Not only is the record an exquisite, one-of-a-kind piece of work in its original form, but the backstory is eminently worth telling as it sheds light not only on the creation of the album itself, but ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Brubeck at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Read "Chris Brubeck at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Chris Brubeck
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Jazz at the Bechtler
Charlotte, NC
October 4, 2019

The “Jazz at the Bechtler" series celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and next year is composer/pianist Dave Brubeck's centenary. So it is appropriate that Dave's son Chris was the special guest for a ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy

Read "John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

John Law is one of the most prominent pianists on the British jazz scene and he is also a distinctive composer. So far, he has focused primarily on building a substantial compositional body of work, culminating in his ambitious Art of Sound tetralogy (33 Jazz, 2007-2009), followed by strong records like Three Leaps of the Gazelle ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz

Read "Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Two rather contrasting recordings highlight this episode: Dan Weiss with his trio augmented by a second bassist and Rubberband, the once-shelved and now revived release from Miles Davis which was recorded after he had left Columbia. On Weiss' album, he displays the chops (often with heavy rock influences) that make him such a high-in-demand player, while ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stanley Nelson: How Do You Make A Film Do Justice To Miles Davis And His Music?

Read "Stanley Nelson: How Do You Make A Film Do Justice To Miles Davis And His Music?" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Miles Davis is far more than a legendary jazz great. He was and is a cultural and musical icon whose life was largely compelled by five driving forces: 1) his groundbreaking innovations in cool jazz, modal music, fusion, and beyond; 2) his “cool" persona, which has influenced and inspired several generations; 3) his tempestuous love life; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet: Long Waves

Read "Long Waves" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran Swiss jazz trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Franco Ambrosetti leads what amounts to a blowing session: mostly his originals, plus a couple of standards. But what a band it is. In bebop's heyday the group likely would have been billed as “All Stars." Guitarist John Scofield, pianist Uri Caine, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Jack DeJohnette have an illustrious ...