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NEWS: OPINION

Vinyl is Not Dead (Never Has Been)

Vinyl is Not Dead (Never Has Been)

Blue Note Records gives vinyl a boost, releasing several classic albums for the Turntable Despite the origin of the CD roughly three decades ago and the more recent digital revolution, the old fashioned “record album," spinning at a rate of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, never went out off style. Some companies have produced them all along. ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY
NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Brubeck to Join Walk of Fame in Saratoga

Brubeck to Join Walk of Fame in Saratoga

Dave Brubeck played the Jazz Festival in Saratoga 13 different years, far more than anyone in its 35-year history The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, has hosted a world-class jazz festival since 1978. Invented by George Wein—an icon who invented the music festival, most famously the Newport Jazz Festival (though that only scratches the ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Lovano at 60

Lovano at 60

Heralded as one of the greats of his generation (my generation), Lovano keeps moving forward. But knows where he came from. Joe Lovano plays the shit out of the saxophone, that much is clear. He's paid all his dues, come up though the ranks, including stints with big bands like Woody Herman. But he doesn't just play. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wayne's Best in a While

Wayne Shorter's New CD Captures the Essence of His Quartet Wayne Shorter released this month his first Blue Note Records CD in 40+plus years. That's really not the relevant part. People change record labels all the time. And Blue Note, while a strong label, doesn't bear the indelible stamp it did back in the day under Alfred ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Top Recordings - 2012

A ton of fine music came out in 2012, like most years, making these year-end lists very difficult. A lot we don't get to hear. So that limits some. For example, I've not yet heard the 2012 disks of Jack DeJohnette, Christian Scott or John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. Having seen each of them live ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Golfing with Branford

Golfing with Branford

Saxophonist Marsalis Expounds on the State of Jazz While Walking the Links It's not often one gets to chat seriously about music with a top-flight musician who is making his comments in between shots on the golf course. Unusual to say the least. Such was the case recently with Branford Marsalis. Wait. Marsalis? One of the hard-liners from ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Farewell Dave Brubeck

Farewell Dave Brubeck

Iconic Pianist/Composer Is American Legend, Icon, Music Master, Worldwide Legend Dave Brubeck would have been 92 today. Instead, the world mourns the loss of his passing yesterday at the age of 91. A master of music, particularly that which we call jazz. He knew and composed much more music than that. He did so much in his ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Belated Cheers to Buddy Guy

Belated Cheers to Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy is Best of the Blues A bit late on the draw, but one of the great blues man of all time has been named a recipient in the next round of Kennedy Center Honors, a prestigious national award in the field of the arts. Sonny Rollins is a recent recipient. Buddy Guy is one of the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The Fabulous Cohen Brothers ... Plus Sister

Early this year in a conversation with Anat Cohen, she expressed the joy she feels when she performs with her two equally talented siblings, brothers Yuval (older) and Avishai (younger) on sax and trumpet, respectively. She said she had been watching Albert and Jimmy Heath and marveled at the vibe between them. (As also existed when Percy ...