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Charles Mingus

One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church— choir and group singing— and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old." He studied double bass and composition in a formal way (five years with H. Rheinshagen, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and compositional techniques with the legendary Lloyd Reese) while absorbing vernacular music from the great jazz masters, first-hand

Record Store Day 2020

Read "Record Store Day 2020" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Twice a year, I find myself in a long line before sunrise waiting for my local record store to open. It might be rainy or cold, but I'm always there along with a large group of other people waiting patiently. Why do we do it? Simply because it's Record Store Day, and for many record collectors, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 2

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Our sequestration continues. But so does this mix-tape series featuring music selected by jazz musicians to whom we have asked to share one song they rely on when they need to be uplifted, or soothed, and to make us fly beyond the walls that keep us protected from the greatest pandemic of our generation.The ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may still be months away from developing vaccines to tame the threat that COVID19 poses to our bodies. But given the centrality of the mind-body connection for our physical well being, we should not forget that we continue to have music to support our minds during these challenging times. So I have reached ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from Ken Fowser

Read "New Music from Ken Fowser" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The featured album this week is the new release from Ken Fowser Fowser reflects upon the ephemeral aspects of nature to uncover a series of inspirations hidden in the broken fragments of our cultural existence on his latest release with a captivating program of new compositions. He continues to demonstrate a strong and well ...

Meet Tom Kohn

Read "Meet Tom Kohn" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Like many of our Jazz Super Fans, Tom Kohn's passion for music started when he was a teen, with a job in a record store and a penchant for acquiring albums that would impress even the most dedicated adult collectors. He grew up into a music business day job but, after suffering a life-changing event, he ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rosario Giuliani: Tradurre l'amore in musica

Read "Rosario Giuliani: Tradurre l'amore in musica" reviewed by Paolo Marra

A fine gennaio è uscito per l'etichetta Jando Music e Via Veneto Jazz il nuovo disco del sassofonista Rosario Giuliani dal titolo Love in Translation, registrato assieme al vibrafonista americano Joe Locke, il bassista Dario Deidda e il batterista Roberto Gatto. Un disco che fra riletture di standards e brani originali ci porta a sondare le ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Schiller Quintet: Sonoran

Read "Sonoran" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Sonoran Desert lies across the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico. It is where bassist Andrew Schiller was born and it is the inspiration for the music on this CD he has written that draws from jazz, folk and classical sources. Schiller's quintet has a front line of tenor sax, alto sax and bass ...

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Vintage Dolphy

Read "Vintage Dolphy" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Vintage Dolphy appeared originally in 1986/7 on both vinyl and CD. Featuring recordings from three separate live performances from Eric Dolphy, two at Carnegie Hall, both with his own quartet and in two 'third stream' settings devised by Gunther Schuller, the album provided intriguing insights into Dolphy's improvisational skills and approach. Were this not enough, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Massimo Biolcati: Incontre

Read "Incontre" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Massimo Biolcati is somewhat of a quiet giant. This is revealed not only by the elegant way in which he handles his double bass but is furthermore expressed by his humble personality on-stage as well as off. So much for the quiet aspect. Why a giant? Raised in Italy and Sweden, Biolcati graduated from both the ...


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