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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

All About Jazz is celebrating Chico Hamilton's birthday today!

Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Is in the (H)air!

Read "Jazz Is in the (H)air!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Inspired by Head Full of Hair, Heart of Full of Song, Pyeng Threadgill's investigation in music about the role of hair in her life, family, community and throughout the African diaspora, this episode of Mondo Jazz builds a narrative about hair, because --whether it's a braided bun or flowing tendrils --hair has always mirrored the cultural ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

Eric Dolphy: Gone In The Air

Read "Eric Dolphy: Gone In The Air" reviewed by Mark Werlin

Newly-remastered SACD reissues of Eric Dolphy's albums for the Prestige label mark the 90th anniversary of his birth.

The recording sessions that Eric Dolphy led in the last four years of his life advanced the evolution of jazz. It was a tragedy that Eric Dolphy gave himself so completely and unselfishly to art ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

Read "Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Stax Records defined the “Memphis Sound" of soul music in the 1960s. With a roster that took in Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, Stax and its sister label Volt provided the main competition to Motown as a home to classic soul acts.

Three separate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Introducing Phil Stewart: Melodious Drum

Read "Melodious Drum" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cellar Live Records continues its run of admirable mainstream albums with Melodious Drum, Canadian-born and New York City-based Phil Stewart's debut as leader of his own groups, which range from trio to sextet. It's an interesting title, as Stewart's drums may be congenial but aren't melodious in the manner of, say, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Thigpen, Shelly ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Gift of Music (Part 2)

Read "The Gift of Music (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The holiday season continues and so does the gift-giving. Here's the second of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note.

Happy Listening!

Playlist

Alicia Hall Moran “Two Wings" from Here Today (Yes Records) ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Traveling (Part 2)

Read "Traveling (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz and Travel... what a natural fit!

In this installment of Mondo Jazz we continue exploring music that was inspired by the relentless travels that jazz musicians have to endure in order to share their music with their audiences, their departures and arrivals, their discoveries, adventures and misadventures using trains and planes and the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

As the years progressed in the 1950s, a growing number of movies began to feature jazz-flavored scores. Film music's shift to a more contemporary feel was being expressed in virtually all areas of art and design. Starting roughly mid-decade, sleek modernism took hold in architecture, car design, home furnishings and even office furniture as prefabrication, glass, ...

Larry Dickson Jazz Quartet: Donora Autumn

Read "Donora Autumn" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Baritone sax, trumpet, bass and drums: a lineup that may seem more than passably familiar to fans of small-group jazz in general and West Coast jazz in particular. The first of many piano-less quartets--and the one that remains the gold standard-- was the Gerry Mulligan / Chet Baker Quartet, formed in the early '50s with Bob ...

Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

Read "Passin' Thru" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Billed as a ten-year celebration of Lloyd's New Quartet featuring Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers and Jason Moran, this 2016 live set actually marked the quartet's first extended tour in over three years and its first release since the extraordinary Athens Concert (ECM, 2011) -an indication of the difficulties of keeping together a working group of contemporary ...