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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Mighty Arnett Cobb

The Mighty Arnett Cobb

Known as the “Wild Man of the Tenor Sax," Arnett Cobb began his recording career with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1943. He quickly became one of the band's stars, and his solos were eagerly awaited by audiences. But Cobb would suffer several Job-like misfortunes, only to fight his way back to the microphone, where he ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano

Read "Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non è vero che il jazz italiano sta bene. Non è vero che siamo il paese dei festival e che abbiamo musicisti che tutto il mondo ci invidia. Possiamo raccontarcela tra di noi, se vi va. Facendo finta che questo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili e che il sole dell'avvenire splenda alto sopra l'orizzonte, ma ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Read "In the Wee Small Hours" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

Read "James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation" reviewed by David Perrine

The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Read "John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Drummer John Engels has the energy of two forty-year olds, which is pretty impressive, since he will soon be turning 80. He will celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Vogel Vrij (Free as a Bird) tour, a series of concerts at diverse venues throughout jny: the Netherlands (with saxophonists Benny Golson and Benjamin Herman) which began ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Golson and Trane Dissed in Philly (circa 1944)

Read "Golson and Trane Dissed in Philly (circa 1944)" reviewed by Bob Jacobson

This article was originally published at All About Jazz in 1999.

John Coltrane and Benny Golson stand among the major figures of jazz in the second half of the twentieth century, Coltrane primarily as a player and Golson primarily as a composer. But in 1944 jny: Philadelphia they were teenagers just getting their feet ...

Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual

Read "Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual" reviewed by Joan Gannij

The Bimhuis is turning 40 and is still very much in its prime. Beginning October 1, jny: Amsterdam's venerable jazz club will celebrate this milestone with a variety of concerts, activities and special events. The Bimhuis opened in 1974 after a lengthy search for a suitable venue for improvising musicians. Over the next decades it would ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Even More Big Tenors

Even More Big Tenors

Since I'm now tenor crazy after featuring great saxophonists all week, I went in search of video featuring even mightier reed players. How about Dexter Gordon, Budd Johnson, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb on the same stage engaging in a tenor battle?  Here's the clip. Jacquet is in the cream suit, Tate is in the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Arnett Cobb: Tough Tenor

Arnett Cobb: Tough Tenor

It's shaping up to be tenor sax sort of week. After all that Charlie Ventura over the past bunch of days, I found myself in the mood for Arnett Cobb. Born in Houston, Cobb played in locally bands until 1942, when he joined the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Cobb played with Hampton until 1947—a critical period during ...