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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

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This past February Peter Erskine greeted me at his studio with a warm smile and welcoming handshake. Nearly two hours later we had discussed many aspects of his long and storied career. We talked at length about his experiences with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul in Weather ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Dillon: Force Field

Read "Force Field" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It doesn't take long to realize that Sam Dillon is on to something here. With drummer Anwar Marshall and bassist David Wong laying a grooving foundation on the opening title track, the tenor saxophonist sets off on a mighty chromatic quest. The lines, and what rumbles beneath them, set up an open playing field where pianist ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)

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For its second night of music on January 4, the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay welcomed saxophonist Gary Smulyan playing the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with bassist David Wong, drummer Rodney Green and trumpeter Diego Urcola. Also onstage were the Aaron Diehl trio with Paul Sikivie and Quincy Davis as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Terell Stafford/Dick Oatts/Bruce Barth/Tim Warfield/David Wong/Byron Landham: Family Feeling

Read "Family Feeling" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's not uncommon for a familial air to surround a band or a recording session. The bonds forged through the music, after all, play up trust and sympathies to a high degree. But some albums even go a step beyond that norm in their connective magnetism, and this is most certainly one of them.

NEWS: RECORDING

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

Benny Green: Live in Santa Cruz

Read "Live in Santa Cruz" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Di sicuro Benny Green è un pianista dalle eccellenti doti. Vulcanico, inventivo, tecnicamente impeccabile, in Live in Santa Cruz Green declina in maniera eccelsa il linguaggio tradizionale del jazz. Elaborate con gusto e senso della melodia, le nove tracce del disco dichiarano la loro appartenenza al mondo hard bop. Nel fraseggiare con scioltezza e decisione insieme, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benny Green: Happiness!

Read "Happiness!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Happiness is listening to Benny Green. He brings joie de vivre to the piano keys with his Herculean chops, in-the-pocket soulfulness, and tight arrangements, all of which can be heard in spades on this live date.

The scene for this spirited recording was the Kuumbwa Jazz Center--a gem of a venue in California ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Read "50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Dave Lisik and Eric Allen
316 Pages
ISBN: #9780692808580
SkyDeck
2017

During the heydays of the big bands, people swooned and jitterbugged to the swinging sounds of these large ensembles. Names like Count Basie, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dmitry Baevsky: The Day After

Read "The Day After" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Imagine a group that, in large measure, references the bebop revolution of nearly seventy-five years ago, yet steers clear of the pitfalls of nostalgia, hero worship, and blatant imitation, and ultimately wins the day with an adroit blend of teamwork and compelling individual voices. For those who believe that nothing good can come from contemporary players ...