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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have ...

Ed Neumeister: Suite Ellington

Read "Suite Ellington" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A complete summary of trombonist Ed Neumeister's musical career would date back to his pre-school years. Initially a regular fixture on the San Francisco circuit, he later immersed himself in the New York jazz scene dividing almost thirty-five years between the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Mel Lewis Big Band. His additional experiences with classical orchestras ...

One for All: The Third Decade

Read "The Third Decade" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Hard to believe it will be twenty years ago next year that the hard bop ensemble One For All debuted with Too Soon To Tell on the fledgling Sharp Nine label. Formed as a group that regularly played together at an uptown Broadway club called Augie's, each member was just at the start of their own ...

Jim Rotondi: Dark Blue

Read "Dark Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in 1997 when Introducing Jim Rotondi announced that a major new trumpeter star was on the ascent, few could have predicted how important and prolific Rotondi would become to the mainstream landscape. A foremost stylist in the lineage of Freddie Hubbard and Wood Shaw, Rotondi quickly proved he had absorbed the legacy, only to jettison ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival

Read "Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires Jazz.15 International Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 10-15, 2015

Imagine opening the pages of a major daily newspaper, turning to the Op-Ed section and seeing, prominently placed amidst the usual commentaries on politics and international crises, a tome to the recently deceased jazz singer and composer Mark Murphy. Sound like ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Jazz In Buenos Aires: Fresh Breezes From The South

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Galería Apolo is one of many 1950s-style shopping arcades that flank Avenida Corrientes, the gaudy, pedestrian-packed “Broadway" of Argentina's cosmopolitan and bustling capital city. A dimly lit galería, it's the kind of one-stop-shopping destination where tiny specialty shops sell everything from comic books to costume jewelry and a visitor can get a watch repaired or satisfy ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jim Rotondi: 'At the Bird's Eye'

Jim Rotondi: 'At the Bird's Eye'

Back in the '70s, soul-jazz albums featuring a tight trumpeter and saxophonist backed by a deep groove organist and persistent drummer. Prestige Records probably turned out more recording of that genre than most other lables—with organists like Don Patterson, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff and Leon Spencer Jr. The front line often featured ...

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite

Read "Maiden Voyage Suite" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Imagine a painter, sculptor or writer attempting to recreate a masterpiece done by a Picasso, Michelangelo or Shakespeare. The task redefines challenge and chutzpah. While jazz recreations are more common than those in other arts--Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's marvelous revisit (Americana Music, 2004) of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess (Columbia, 1958), ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Westchester Jazz Orchestra / Sandvika Storband / Band of Bones

Read "Westchester Jazz Orchestra / Sandvika Storband / Band of Bones" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Westchester Jazz Orchestra

Maiden Voyage Suite

WJO

2010

The heavy-hitting Westchester Jazz Orchestra, one of whose ambitions under artistic director Mike Holober is to broaden its musical horizons, devotes its second album to renovating for a sixteen-member ensemble the music of pianist Herbie Hancock's classic recording Maiden Voyage (Blue Note, ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

A Jazz Marriage: Smoke and One For All

Read "A Jazz Marriage: Smoke and One For All" reviewed by Nick Catalano

After 12 years of classic jazz bookings and extraordinary patron loyalty, Smoke deserves legendary status right next to Birdland (the old club of the 50's), Basin Street, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, and a couple of the old 52 St. clubs. In addition to having unique intimacy, a special staff who could give a seminar ...


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