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A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxophonist's of his generation. Blythe's beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validates his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times. Blythe's work is notable for its exploration of harmony, group counterpoint, and unusual instrumentation. These features, coupled with his rapid, wide vibrato, his swinging style, and his interest in the standard jazz repertory, have won him praise from a wide audience. Arthur Blythe was born 1940 in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego where his parents moved 1944

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Article: Play This!

Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown

Read "Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown" reviewed by Chris May


One of the most egregiously underestimated albums in jazz history, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe's Lenox Avenue Breakdown was released on vinyl by Columbia in 1979 and on CD by Columbia (Japan) in 1995 and Koch Jazz in 1998. That's it bar a dodgy fourfer. Blythe fronts a septet completed by flautist James Newton, tubaist Bob Stewart, ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk

Read "Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk" reviewed by Ken Dryden


There are numerous examples of talented American jazz musicians who had long careers but were overlooked by critics, broadcasters and much of the jazz audience, often because they spent decades as full time jazz educators, which limited their opportunities to tour in support of their recordings. Nathan Davis, primarily known as a tenor and soprano saxophonist, ...

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News: Recording

Saxophonist Borys Janczarski Goes It Alone with 'Time Remembered'

Saxophonist Borys Janczarski Goes It Alone with 'Time Remembered'

Polish tenor saxophonist Borys Janczarski, who for some years co-led an excellent quintet with drummer Stephen McCraven, has since gone his own way with a quartet of which he is sole leader. This is their first release, Time Remembered, is available exclusively on Bandcamp. Interestingly, the album was made three and a half years ago, in ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums since 1969: 1996-1998

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums since 1969: 1996-1998" reviewed by Robert Middleton


The albums featured in the fourth installment of 72 Jazz Thrillers are from some of the most famous and accomplished bandleaders in all of jazz. The artists featured here, some with careers of as long as 60 years and half of whom are still living and recording, made albums that prove the timelessness of jazz. From ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gard Nilssen, Damon Locks, Alberto Dipace & HIIT

Read "Gard Nilssen, Damon Locks, Alberto Dipace & HIIT" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen has packed his Supersonic Orchestra with 17 of the top players from Scandinavia and Northern Europe and the result has been acclaimed. If you missed the band's debut “If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours," you can hear a track from Nilssen and the ensemble's latest Family. After sitting on a ...

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Article: Album Review

Horace Tapscott: 60 Years

Read "60 Years" reviewed by Danen Jobe


In the world of the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, it is impossible to separate community and music. The band is all from the South Central LA community, and they are playing for the community. They are composing songs about family, about people they see, about overcoming immense adversity. There is a distinct sound to this ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

All About Jazz is celebrating Arthur Blythe's birthday today! A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxophonist's of his generation. Blythe's beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validates his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times. Blythe's work is notable for its exploration ...

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Article: Album Review

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: 60 Years

Read "60 Years" reviewed by Chris May


The 2 x LP 60 Years celebrates the history of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA), which was founded by the pianist, composer and community activist Horace Tapscott in South Central Los Angeles in 1961, and directed by him until he passed in 1999. The release, albeit of archive material, also reminds us that the Arkestra ...

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Article: Interview

An AAJ Interview with Ben Allison

Read "An AAJ Interview with Ben Allison" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This interview, conducted by Allen Huotari, was first published at All About Jazz in September 1999. As history has taught us, it's not enough to be gifted with talent, one must live up to the burden that “potential" brings. Paradoxically and ironically, the blessing of having one's abilities recognized in public forum is the ...


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