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NEWS: OBITUARY

Frank Foster R.I.P.

Frank Foster R.I.P.

The great composer, band leader, educator, humanitarian and reed player Frank Foster, died today of complications from kidney failure at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was 82. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 23, 1928, Frank Benjamin Foster took up the clarinet at age 11, switching to alto saxophone two years later. He became so ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! 2-on-1 - Celebrating 50 Years of Impulse Records!

Impulse! 2-on-1: More Than Just A Label. An Identity. A Statement. Impulse Records was more than just a label. It was an identity. It was a statement. Impulse Records was a musical brand of artistry that provided some of jazz's greatest creators with a platform for making some of their very best music. The new wave of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gerry Mulligan "Watching and Waiting"

Gerry Mulligan "Watching and Waiting"

Dave Grusin, like fellow Silver Age film composer Lalo Schifrin, has steadily slowed the pace of his movie scoring down over the last few years. Like Schifrin, Grusin—also a jazz pianist—has devoted more of his attention to other facets of his remarkable musicality. But even as Dave Grusin seems to have moved away from film, he ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Return to Forever - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

Return to Forever - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

After a prodigious session career in the 1960s, several solo albums that toyed with both the traditional and freer forms of jazz and a mercurial period of experimentation with Miles Davis between 1968 and 1972, pianist and composer Chick Corea crystalized the notion of his first “group" endeavor, to be known as Return to Forever. Corea recorded ...

NEWS: RECORDING

George Benson "Benson Burner"

George Benson "Benson Burner"

When guitarist George Benson's Warner Bros. debut Breezin' was issued in March 1976, it immediately became a hit; indeed one of the largest hits jazz has ever known. Guided by the successful hit single “This Masquerade" (Leon Russell's 1972 original, previously covered by Helen Reddy and The Carpenters), Breezin' went on to win three Grammy awards ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Son of a Preacher Man

In the late 1960s British singing sensation Dusty Springfield (1939-99) signed to Atlantic Records, home of one of her soul idols, Aretha Franklin, in the hopes of reinvigorating her career and boosting her artistic credibility. She wanted to make a true soul album with some of the folks who made some of the finest American soul ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Stan Getz - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

Stan Getz - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

Know what's really cool to a music lover? When record labels that own a big chunk of an important artist's output release it as thoroughly, as nicely and as affordably as Sony is doing in its “The Complete" reissue series available on the newly-launched online retailer Pop Market. Pop Market at popmarket.com is a resource for some ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Bernard Herrmann at 100

Composer Bernard Herrmann emerged from the Golden Age of cinema and contributed a signature sound to some of history's most significant films. While his name may not be known to most of today's filmgoers—he died, after all, a full generation or two ago in 1975—Bernard Herrmann's music is undoubtedly some of the best and best known ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nicola Conte "Love and Revolution"

Nicola Conte "Love and Revolution"

For more than a decade now Nicola Conte has scored brilliantly as a DJ, promoter, producer, compiler and recording artist. From his earliest recording, 2000's still remarkable Jet Sounds (also issued in the US as Bossa Per Due), Conte has also displayed a retro appreciation for the lounge appeal of bossa nova combined with a soulful ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin

A very happy 79th birthday to Lalo Schifrin, one of the greatest composers jazz and film has ever known, a damned fine pianist and truly one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. Born June 21, 1932, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lalo Schifrin's resume would be impossible to list here (check out my discography ...