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Adam Holzman: Truth Decay

Read "Truth Decay" reviewed by John Kelman

Truly a musician's musician, Adam Holzman's career, visibility-wise, has waxed and waned over the keyboardist's thirty-year career, but he's never been less than busy. His time spent with Miles Davis, during the last years of the music icon's life, helped raise the masterful and broad-reaching keyboardist/producer's profile. Certainly, based on his work with jazz artists including ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Neil Slater: Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas

Read "Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1942, a University of North Texas graduate music student, M. E. Hall, was asked to teach dance band arranging to two students, an activity that led to his thesis on a closely related topic. That thesis developed into the foundation of the school's jazz curriculum. Years later, Hall helped launch the jazz program which included ...

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AMP Trio: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Terzo album per questo trio codiretto dal giovane pianista Addison Frei, dal contrabbssista Perrine Grace e dal batterista Matt Young, che si suddividono anche la paternità dei brani -solo la chapliniana “Smile" non è originale. La cifra è quella di un jazz moderno dinamico e tutto sommato leggero, piuttosto convenzionale nelle atmosfere e nelle forme espressive, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 1

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A Protracted Beginning

Ken Prouty, an assistant professor of Musicology and Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and author of Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) has written at length about the early history of jazz education in the US. In his writings, he ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard

Read "David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard" reviewed by David Weiss

Noted trumpeter, composer, and New Jazz Composers Octet founder, David Weiss shares several stories about his experience with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. As told to David Kaufman.

I met Freddie Hubbard soon after he damaged his lip. I guess what basically happened was he had a blister on his lip that popped and got ...

Columbia Years 1968-1969

Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La piccola ma intraprendente casa discografica statunitense, Light in the Attic, in collaborazione con la major Sony/Columbia, piazza un uppercut formidabile che toglie il velo ad uno dei misteri meglio preservati della discografia del secolo scorso. Vengono infatti pubblicati per la prima volta i cinque brani che Betty Davis, nata Betty Mabry e sposata con Miles ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz

Read "Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The setting is a living room in a suburban northern New Jersey home. For the most part, it's filled with things not necessarily available at the furniture outlets that line the local highways. An upright piano takes up most of the wall adjacent to the front door. A harpsichord spans the area between the entrances to ...

Scott Kinsey: Near Life Experience

Read "Near Life Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full decade since Scott Kinsey last released an album under his own name (the 2006 Abstract Logix debut, Kinesthetics) and, if anything, Near Life Experience manages to trump actually its predecessor in both ambition and Kinsey's significant cast of invited contributors. Near Life Experience also continues to hone the cinematic keyboardist's increasingly expansive, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ PRIMER

Thinking Outside The Musical Box

Read "Thinking Outside The Musical Box" reviewed by Donal Fox

What is jazz? It is a state of mind, a spiritual quest for true unfettered artistic expression. A human expression of individual freedom, social freedom and love. Jazz is also about diversity. Diversity is important, isn't it? We expect it in our social lives. We demand respect and honoring in our society as artists and as ...

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Bob Belden Animation: Machine Language

Read "Machine Language" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Intorno all'anima, ai pensieri, ai sogni e ai sentimenti delle macchine sono stati versati fiumi d'inchiostro, così come più di un musicista ha cercato di fornire la personale interpretazione del problema. L'eclettico sassofonista, compositore, arrangiatore Bob Belden, prematuramente scomparso il maggio scorso per problemi cardiaci, ci lascia con Machine Language l'ultima testimonianza della sua arte, attraverso ...