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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

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Steve Slagle: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Steve Slagle is one of those players that's often overlooked yet hard to forget. Why this sixty-five-year-old saxophonist who's constantly bringing energy and a spirit of exploration to the fore doesn't get the ink or marquees that come to his musical peers ten years his senior or several decades his junior is something of a head-scratcher. ...

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Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

After a series of albums organized around a theme--Messin' With Mr. T (Strikezone Records, 2015) was dedicated to his former employer, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine; Eight Track II (Strikezone Records, 2016) revisited classic '70s pop tunes--guitarist Dave Stryker returns to his long-standing practice of presenting a program of originals and jazz standards. The band is the same ...

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hot on the heels of his 2016 release, the soul and rock infused Eight Track II comes Dave Stryker's punningly titled Strykin' Ahead with a mix of standards and Stryker originals. Following the lively opener, “Shadowboxing," a Stryker original, comes a rather more sedate version of Wayne Shorter's “Footprints" followed by Stryker's “New You" in which ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Stryker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Stryker

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Stryker's birthday today!

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 25 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

19th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 2-11, 2017 – Lineup Announced

19th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 2-11, 2017 – Lineup Announced

Nineteen years is quite a long time for an underdog festival to exist, but with determination and ambition, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a beloved cultural fixture of the Sonoma County area. With artistic director Jessica Felix at the helm, this yearly gathering of some of the very best jazz artists currently playing continues to ...

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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have ...

Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999

Read "Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999" reviewed by Marc Davis

If the iconic sound of Blue Note Records could be summed up in just one band, it would surely be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years--1955 to 1990--the Messengers were the heart and soul of hard bop, on Blue Note and other labels.

But what happened when Blakey died in 1990? ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track II

Read "Eight Track II" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker had such a good time covering classic '70s pop tunes on Eight Track (Strikezone Records, 2014) that he recorded a second installment. He is once again joined by his regular trio (organist Jared Gold and drummer McClenty Hunter), but with a different guest vibraphonist. That chair is taken by Steve Nelson, best known ...