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ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

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With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

CTI on BGO

Read "CTI on BGO" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The echo of Charles Dickens' famous novel A Tale of Two Cities is suitable to describe the climate of jazz when Creed Taylor launched CTI. It was 1970 and acoustic jazz was in crisis. Following the invasion of rock, it had survived by becoming ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2

Read "Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2" reviewed by Chris May

A raft of scholarly theories can be put forward to explain the affinities linking the genres represented on this compilation, subtitled Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77. But there is a simple explanation: grass and acid, the lingua franca of the era's counterculture. True, there is only circumstantial evidence to suggest that John Coltrane and Joe Zawinul, both ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans

Read "Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

In his own unassuming way, Bill Evans changed the face of jazz piano trio forever. He made the piano a lyrical, expressive voice for the most subtle and deep emotions, and he transformed the rhythm section from a time-beating, swing-maintaining outfit into an intimate, conversational musical unit. He loved tradition. It was just his grasp of ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Joe Farrell Plays the Flute

Joe Farrell Plays the Flute

Recently, I was e-chatting with saxophonist Bill Kirchner about jazz flutists. I think it was just after my post on Harold McNair. At any rate, Bill noted that Joe Farrell (1937-1986) was one of the finest jazz flutists. Said Bill, “If there's a better sounding alto flute on a jazz record, I haven't heard it." [Photo ...

Meet John Reilly

Read "Meet John Reilly" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

John Reilly--yet another of our Super Fans who works for the city of New York--was born on Staten Island, where he still lives. We don't know if it's something to do with working for the city, or just a function of growing up in the capital of jazz, but John is the real thing. The son ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Audio Fidelity To Release Two Jazz-Fusion Classics On Hybrid SACD By Weather Report And Return To Forever

Audio Fidelity To Release Two Jazz-Fusion Classics On Hybrid SACD By Weather Report And Return To Forever

Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Weather Report, Tale Spinnin' and Return to Forever, Musicmagic on Hybrid SACD. Both recordings are considered essentials from the jazz fusion era of the mid-'70s. Recorded in early 1975, Tale Spinnin', Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. The album stands with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays

Read "All My Yesterdays" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La Resonance Records ha appena pubblicato (in un lussuoso cofanetto di due CD più un libro di 92 pagine), le primissime incisioni della Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, riprese al Village Vanguard il 7 febbraio e il 21 marzo 1966.
Sono trascorsi 50 anni dalla nascita della formazione e, agli inizi di febbraio, lo storico ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Marta Sanchez

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Marta Sanchez" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Jaki Byard --The Last from Lennie's (Prestige--2003).
Ho ascoltato spesso Jaki Byard durante l'ultimo anno. Ora sto indirizzando la mia attenzione su questo disco con Joe Farrell. La versione di “After You've Gone," suonata in trio è sorprendente. Subito dopo l'esposizione della melodia piano, basso e batteria eseguono dei soli. Lo stride di Jaki ...