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ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Django: A Film As Much About History and Culture as About A Musical Icon

Read "Django: A Film As Much About History and Culture as About A Musical Icon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Django
Director: √Čtienne Comar
Milky Way
2017

Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) practically invented jazz guitar. A product of gypsy culture and music, living and working in Paris in the 1930s-40s, he and his group, the Hot Club Quintet, which notably included violinist Stephane Grappelli, brought their own brand of swing to the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Portolese: Plectrum Jazz Guitar Solos

Read "Plectrum Jazz Guitar Solos" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Solo jazz guitar is a harsh and unforgiving lover. The piano provides a more complete performance experience as a solo instrument for technical reasons, though this same completeness can be achieved on guitar by a precious few, talented enough to achieve such artistic parity. Add to this the stipulation that a plectrum (guitar pick) be used ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

2011 is Now, "Live Jazz" Thrives at APAP since 2007

By Daniel Kassell For the fourth consecutive year Jazz Journalist Association members have noted the influx of Jazz presenters showcases highlighted at the Association of Performing Presenters (APAP) in New York's Hilton Hotel and in 2011 concurrently at every conceivable venue in NYC. APAP's vision is to develop and support professionals who offer “Live" performance such as Talent ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Jentsch: Cycles and Reflecting on the Journey

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John Coltrane once said, “Let the music speak for itself." The guitarist/composer and band leader Christopher Jentsch adds an interesting twist on that subject by opting to describe himself when asked about the broader subject of how to capture his music in his own words. “I think of myself as a composer/guitarist working with contemporary improvisational ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo-Coaster

Read "Rollo-Coaster" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

An odd couple of sorts, this union between accordion and saxophone is at once curious but proves a match made in heaven with Chris Cheek and Victor Prieto's collaborative release Rollo-Coaster. With great aplomb, they cover a wide scope of music from Tango to improvisational stints and other influences.

Prieto, originally from Galicia, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Modern Jazz Quartet: Django

Read "Django" reviewed by Douglas Payne

The longevity, popularity and surprising durability of the Modern Jazz Quartet is striking upon listening to Django , the group's very first full-length LP. Recorded at various times between 1953 and 1955, it introduces what amounts to Dizzy Gillespie's big band rhythm section, with pianist John Lewis (b. 1920), bassist Percy Heath (b. 1923, who replaced ...