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Concert: McCoy Tyner in 2002

Concert: McCoy Tyner in 2002

Two musicians who arguably had the biggest impact on the jazz piano in the 1960s were Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner. They not only came from different backgrounds and experiences but also from different directions. Where Evans was lyrical, delicate and poetic, Tyner was percussive and stormy, using modal scales and chords to whip up drama ...

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My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

News: Recording

Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander

Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander

I'm always amazed when young musicians and singers today are passionate about and obsessed with a long-ago jazz era. I just assume that given a choice, these artists would rather stick with post-war jazz movements—from bebop to fusion and beyond. Not Sweet Megg and Ricky Alexander and the musicians they hang out with. For them, the ...

News: Video / DVD

Three New Stan Kenton Videos

Three New Stan Kenton Videos

Cruising through YouTube yesterday, I noticed that three Stan Kenton Orchestra videos had gone up in recent weeks. The first was a short that was filmed in the spring of 1947 as a faux recording session for Capitol. In truth, the short was a showcase for five songs: . Artistry In Rhythm (the Kenton band's theme), ...

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News: Video / DVD

Big 10 by Ben Webster

Big 10 by Ben Webster

After yesterday's post, I decided to spend the day listening to Ben Webster. In his prime, Webster probably had the biggest sound of any tenor saxophonist. And on ballads, it sounded as if he was weeping through his instrument. Best of all, I love the puffs of air he let off in the spaces on ballads, ...

News: Video / DVD

Frans Wieringa: Dutch Blues

Frans Wieringa: Dutch Blues

The last Dutch jazz pianist I turned you on to was Rob Madna. Today, I have another one for you: Frans Wieringa. As far as I can tell, he recorded five or so albums, two of them with Ben Webster in 1969. One with Webster was At Ease, recorded in Heemstede, Holland, in January on the ...

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News: Recording

John Chin: Anything Mose!

John Chin: Anything Mose!

I loved interviewing pianist Mose Allison for The Wall Street Journal and for JazzWax in 2010. Mose was a singular artist with a wry sense of humor and a rich, home-grown keyboard style who understood rural wisdom and suffering. Mose relocated to New York from Mississippi in the mid-1950s, and by the early 1960s, he had ...

News: Video / DVD

Maria Creuza: Queen of Brazilian Ballads

Maria Creuza: Queen of Brazilian Ballads

As part of my ongoing series on great female Brazilian pop singers of the 1960s and '70s, I'm focusing today on Maria Creuza. In particular, I'm looking at the 10 or so albums she recorded for Brazilian RCA from 1973 to 1982. Born in 1944, Creuza's specialty were ballads about heartbreak, and she was Vinicius de ...

News: Video / DVD

Jack McDuff: Live in Concert, 1964

Jack McDuff: Live in Concert, 1964

In 1964, organist Brother Jack McDuff appeared at the Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan-les-Pins, France. He was backed by Red Holloway (ts), George Benson (g) and Joe Dukes (d). Like all videos shot in France, the following concert video provides an up-close look at what made these artists exceptional. A special thanks to Chris Cowles of ...

News: TV / Film

Documentary: Stan Getz

Documentary: Stan Getz

In 1993, Jean-Pierre Larcher released his documentary of Stan Getz called People Time. Issued two years after Getz's death, the film was named for the tenor saxophonist's final album, a duet recording with pianist Kenny Barron. Today, the documentary is hard to come by. I found it in parts at the site of the Stan Getz ...


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