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The Musician/Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts

The Musician/Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts

BY B.D. LENZ
February 2, 2023

Throughout my Chats with Cats columns I've tried to seek out information and advice from professionals across the jazz spectrum to give musicians, like myself, the tools to forward their own careers. This is an unprecedented time where technology has put it all out there for the taking. I discuss all of this in my Mind Your Business columns as well. In this installment I interviewed a prime example of the musician/entrepreneur. Eddie Roberts, best known as the ......

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Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding at Jazz Alley

Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding at Jazz Alley

BY PAUL RAUCH
February 2, 2023

Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding Jazz Alley Seattle, WA January 24, 2023 The musical union of pianist Fred Hersch and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding at first evokes images of the iconic pianist playing duo with one of the prominent voices of twenty-first century jazz, a bassist of note and a formidable vocalist. But as is exemplified on their new recording, Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto, 2023), the current tour features Hersch with Spalding ......

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Brazilian Vibraphonist Lucas Amorim Releases Debut 'Live in New York City'

Brazilian Vibraphonist Lucas Amorim Releases Debut 'Live in New York City'

BY MICHAEL RICCI
February 2, 2023

From humble beginnings in Florianopolis, the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, rising vibraphonist Lucas Amorim readies to assert himself into New York City’s never sleeps jazz world with his vigorously tuneful, live action debut Lucas Amorim: Live in New York City. Stirred to express himself after falling under the spell of Milt Jackson and Gary Burton (notably Burton’s four mallet “pianistic" approach), Amorim left his boyhood drum set and began studying the vibes with a laser focus. Gigs ......

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Experimental Rock Group Carbonworks Releases Jazz Fusion Single 'Athena' From New Album, 'Vanishing Act,' Out April 21, 2023

Experimental Rock Group Carbonworks Releases Jazz Fusion Single 'Athena' From New Album, 'Vanishing Act,' Out April 21, 2023

BY BEATRICE KIMMEL
February 1, 2023

Who are we? Where do we come from? Avant-garde rock group CarbonWorks ponders these theoretical unknowns in their jazz fusion single “Athena,” out now on all music streaming platforms. Led by composer and guitarist Neal Barnard, the experimental group questions the complexities of the world and human purpose with an international flair provided by singer-songwriter Lara Lotz (Ben & Lola). Sung predominately in French with a touch of Latin to close out the track, “Athena” is from the group’s second ......

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ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2

ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2

BY DAN MCCLENAGHAN
February 1, 2023

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 This second edition of “ECM Touchstones" explores more of the label's early recordings, repackaged and offered up as a way to present music that had perhaps slipped through time's cracks, into the hard-to-find category. Of these, four were re-released in 2019, one in 2008—32 to 43 years after their original releases. The music on these albums is stylistically diverse and uniformly excellent. All of it has stood the test of ......

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All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: January 2023

All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: January 2023

BY MICHAEL RICCI
February 1, 2023

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the songs featured in January, these ten represent our reader's favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Songs Big Daddy Randolph Noel From: Elements And Orbits 05:53 Frankenfanny Tobin Mueller From: Best of Tobin Mueller, Volume 1: JAZZ Originals (remastered) ...

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Carmen McRae: At the Great American Music Hall

Carmen McRae: At the Great American Music Hall

BY JOSEPH VELLA
February 1, 2023

From 1977, this live recording is one of the finest jazz vocal albums of all time. It captures Carmen McRae at her height performing a standout repertoire of standards and popular songs of the day in a small group setting (with special guest Dizzy Gillespie). Capturing Carmen's true brilliance as a jazz singer, her impeccable timing, dynamics, interpretative genius, and intimate lyrical storytelling is on full display here along with her magnetic rapport with the audience. Musicians of any genre ......

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New Titus Maz Album 'Subject To Change' Out Now On All Streaming Platforms

New Titus Maz Album 'Subject To Change' Out Now On All Streaming Platforms

BY TITO MAZZETTI
January 31, 2023

Recorded in jny: London, guitarist Titus Maz's Subject To Change features international guests including Jason Garb, Andre Louis, Max Saidi, Will Jackson, and Antonio Gallucci. The project swerves in and out of fusion, touches many sides of contemporary jazz and takes some unexpected turns when played live. Since its release on September 2022, two of the eight tracks from Subject To Change have been selected by the “Fresh Finds Jazz” and “All New Jazz” Spotify editorial playlists and are currently ......

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Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo

Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo

BY JOSEPH VELLA
January 31, 2023

Who doesn't love the playing of Lou Donaldson? This late-'60s gem is one of those recordings where everything hits right. It is not only brilliant (and wonderfully dated) but it's also the type of record even your non-jazz friends can snap and tap to. The combo of hard bop and soul jazz is infectious. Right from the opening title track, Lou and Co. set a groove and take us on a compelling sonic hang. George Benson's guitar and the tasty ......

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Pianist / Vocalist Maggie Herron Releases 'My Story In Song' On February 7, 2023

Pianist / Vocalist Maggie Herron Releases 'My Story In Song' On February 7, 2023

BY MAGGIE HERRON
January 30, 2023

A Hawaii Institution for More Than Four decades, Award-Winning Jazz Vocalist, Pianist and Songwriter Maggie Herron Releases Her Most Revelatory Album with My Story In Song. A polished and prolific singer/songwriter who has often mined her eventful life for material, Maggie Herron is no stranger to self-revealing recordings. With her seventh album, My Story In Song, the Hawaii-based jazz pianist has created her most personal and ambitious project yet. Slated for release on February 7, 2023 on her Herron Song ......

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Origin Story At Scott's Jazz Club

Origin Story At Scott's Jazz Club

BY IAN PATTERSON
January 30, 2023

Origin Story Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 20, 2023 It is a fairly quick jaunt up the motorway from Dublin to Belfast these days and jazz musicians from The Dub are making the journey more frequently than was once the case. Part of the problem was always the lack of a dedicated jazz venue in the northern capital. Pop-up, ad hoc jazz venues would appear and disappear just as quickly. But now ......

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All About Jazz Premium Musician Page Service Upgrade

All About Jazz Premium Musician Page Service Upgrade

BY MICHAEL RICCI
January 30, 2023

We have some exciting news to share about a major upgrade to All About Jazz’s Premium Musician page service. We’re talking big, sweeping improvements that have already delivered profound results. Manage Your Content / Maximize Your Presence Prior to the upgrade, a user clicked the green gear icon on their musician page to manage their content (photos, events, albums, etc.) All this, and more, can be done straight from the page’s much-improved update form. Call it improved content handling. WYSIWYG ......

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Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8

Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8

BY JOSEPH VELLA
January 30, 2023

UK-based musician and composer Nala Sinephro's ambient jazz recording is completely captivating. Joined by a refreshing cast of musicians mostly based in the UK, Nala plays pedal harp and keyboards. The sax by Nubya Garcia, James Mollison and Ahnanse help tie it all together. Presented as a suite of pieces that flow seamlessly, the recording builds from soothing motifs into busier, textured melodic movements and then cools down into a wondrous bath of mesmerizing synth. With just her first outing, ......

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Inside Scofield

Inside Scofield

BY MIKE JACOBS
January 29, 2023

John Scofield Inside Scofield I'm Filming Productions 2022 With jazz being an increasingly marginalized art form (at least in the commercial sense), any news of serious documentary work about one of its more iconic practitioners is likely to garner an immediate hallelujah from the chorus. Perhaps this is doubly so when the subject is someone like guitarist John Scofield—a contemporary jazz hero who has yet to receive such treatment. But then, as always, there follows ......

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Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux

Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux

BY PAUL RAUCH
January 29, 2023

There are a myriad of reasons as to why two musicians may have a special chemistry. They may be aesthetic pertaining to style, or philosophical in terms of what direction their personal musical journeys are headed. For pianist Hal Galper and guitarist John Scofield, two recordings on the German Enja label in 1979 and 1980 demonstrated in no uncertain terms, that the two were well grounded in musical paths that while being decidedly different, coalesced peacefully in a hub of ......

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Thomas Marriott: Live From the Heat Dome

Thomas Marriott: Live From the Heat Dome

BY PAUL RAUCH
January 28, 2023

A “heat dome" is created when an area of high pressure hovers over an area for days or weeks, trapping warm air underneath. The meteorological phenomena is much like a lid on a boiling pot. In late June of 2021, residents of the Pacific Northwest became plainly aware of what a heat dome is by experiencing three days of severe heat topping 108 degrees, in an area more accustomed to temperatures in the low to mid seventies. The three days ......

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Hal Galper Trio: Invitation to Openness

Hal Galper Trio: Invitation to Openness

BY PAUL RAUCH
January 28, 2023

Two and a half hours outside of New York City, the tiny Delaware River town of Callicoon, New York is home to little more than three thousand people. On Upper Main Street, Rafter's Tavern has been a part of this upstate hamlet since the late nineteenth century. In current times, this local eatery, bar and music venue welcomes in forty five year local resident and jazz piano legend Hal Galper and his trio for a weekly matinee performance. Bassist Tony ......

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January 2023

January 2023

BY PAT YOUNGSPIEL
January 27, 2023

Masaki Hayashi Group Blur The Border S/N Alliance 2023 In contrast to its sister-label Nagalu Records, Shinya Fukumori's S/N alliance is devoted to music and musicians outside of Japan, bringing idioms from classical music and improvised streams under one roof, to be shared across borders. And pianist Masaki Hayashi's Blur The Border fits right on the cusp of those idioms—too through-composed and arranged, with traits from European classical music, to simply be considered ......

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How Do You Rate Miles Davis’ Music, On Record and Live, In The 1980s?

How Do You Rate Miles Davis’ Music, On Record and Live, In The 1980s?

BY IAN PATTERSON
January 26, 2023

The release of The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: That's What Happened 1982-1985 invites renewed reflection on Miles Davis' music in the 1980s. A few tracks aside, these studio outtakes from the recording sessions that produced Star People (Columbia, 1983), Decoy (Columbia, 1984) and You're Under Arrest (Columbia, 1985) don't amount to a whole heap of beans, which is hardly surprising if they were not good enough to make the official album releases. But the previously unreleased live album ......

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ECM Records Touchstones: Part 1

ECM Records Touchstones: Part 1

BY DAN MCCLENAGHAN
January 25, 2023

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Every album ever released by ECM Records would be readily available in a better world. But that, understandably, is not the case. The German label, founded by Manfred Eicher--who still holds the helm--debuted in 1969 with pianist Mal Waldron's Free At Last. In the ensuing five-plus decades, the Edition of Contemporary Music (ECM) has made the world a better place, releasing well over 1,700 albums. The label is often said ......

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