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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans

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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 ...

Take Five With Roberta Piket

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About Roberta Piket
Born in Queens, New York, Roberta inherited a passion for music from both her parents. Her father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, who made significant contributions to both the musical liturgy of Reform Judaism and the concert hall with works performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Dimitri Metropolis. From ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich Rides Again

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Those who believe that Buddy Rich is the greatest big-band drummer who ever lived (yes, I'm one of them) can look forward to a marvelous treat this spring when Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute present Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion May 19-22 at the Sheraton Gateway / LAX Hotel. The four-day ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Video: Bill Evans in Iowa, 1979

Video: Bill Evans in Iowa, 1979

Two months after appearing on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio show in November 1978, Bill Evans hit the road. Right after the new year, the pianist was in Iowa with his trio—bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera—at the Maintenance Shop in Ames. During their run, the trio was taped for Public Television. You can ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Martin Wind Quartet at Kitano

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Martin Wind Quartet
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
May 31, 2014

It was a clear, warm late spring evening in Manhattan, and Jazz at Kitano, by now a familiar part of the New York nightclub scene, provided a perfect setting for a CD release event, a place with great ...

Bill Cote: Where Do You Start

Read "Where Do You Start" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Sometimes preconceived notions about recordings can be smashed to smithereens in the most wonderful way. What, yet another GAS-and-jazz-standards recording--this one a debut from a middle-age male vocalist whose main gig is law? Well, quoting TV Land's “Gomer Pyle," “Surprise, surprise!" And, a most enjoyable musical discovery in the Cracker Jack® box it is.

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

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Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 2014

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2014" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter
Orvieto
28.12.2013-1.1.2014

Come sempre il cartellone di Umbria Jazz Winter, nel clima festoso a cavallo di Capodanno in vari prestigiosi spazi di Orvieto, si è presentato articolato, giostrando fra nomi più o meno noti, fra protagonisti italiani e americani. I nomi emergenti da non lasciarsi sfuggire ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA

Read "The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's an interesting phenomenon how certain families enter and distinguish themselves in this marvelous world of jazz--The Joneses, Heaths, Candolis, Royals, Breckers, Mangiones, and others. Over the last five decades--even many more if one goes farther back to when they were young children playing in the family band with Mom and Pop--the La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe ...


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