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Bennie Wallace

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 18, 1946, Bennie Lee Wallace took up the tenor saxophone at age 12. He worked after hours clubs around Tennessee during his high school and college years and graduated on clarinet from the University of Tennessee in 1968. Three years later he moved to New York where he played concerts and club gigs with musicians like Barry Harris, Cecil McBee, Buddy Rich, Monty Alexander, Glen Moore and others. In 1979, Bennie Wallace burst onto the international Jazz scene with his award-winning first release on Enja Records, The Fourteen Bar Blues. The critical acclaim was overwhelming, hailing Bennie Wallace as the "New Saxophone Giant", the youngest of a lineage including Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins. New York Arts Journal called Bennie Wallace "the most important reed player since Dolphy's and Coleman's startling work in the early sixties", and continued: "Everything lacking in Sonny Rollins' present work is abundantly manifest in the brilliant debut album of the 32-year-old tenor saxist Bennie Wallace

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Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

The New York-based Mingus Big Band will host the non-profit charity Experience Ayiti (XA) during October, to bring awareness and raise funds for XA’s mission in Haiti. The residency will take place at New York’s Jazz Standard on Mondays beginning October 7, followed by each consecutive Monday that month; October 14, 21, and 28. Sets are ...

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Nichols, Newk with Kenny/Elmo, Prez & More

Read "Nichols, Newk with Kenny/Elmo, Prez & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're rotating through our 2019 centenarians--this week Herbie Nichols with tracks from his first Blue Note LP. Our artist log tells me it's time for another deep dive into the vault, including another piano faceoff (because you loved the last one): this time Fats Waller versus Teddy Wilson & Art Tatum. There's more Newk too, recordings ...

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I Sing the Lineup Eclectic

Read "I Sing the Lineup Eclectic" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Cool organ, hot tenor, acapella movie theme and third-stream oboe musings—this episode has everything but a theme. While the albums discussed span the era from 1972 to 2014 the insights are timeless-probably. After that wide-ranging exploration of jazz and jazz adjacent fun, pop matters explores Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden as well as releases by Frank ...

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November Birthday Salutes

Read "November Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's time to celebrate November birthdays! Among the worthies, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Phil Woods recording Alive and Well in Paris, which was slated for release on Impulse! in the States, but never released here; there must be a story about this, but I'm in the dark. It is an absolutely stunning ...

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Bennie Wallace - Thangs

Featuring the music of Bennie Wallace
Duration: 4:48

Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone, Danton Boller, bass; and Alvin Queen, drums, good live recording.

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Matthias Winckelmann: Happy Birthday ENJA!

Read "Matthias Winckelmann: Happy Birthday ENJA!" reviewed by Bob Hatteau

ECM, ACT, Winter & Winter, FMP, MPS, ENJA... Germany sounds like a generous land for creative jazz record labels. ENJA Records, the Münich-based jazz label, was founded in 1971 by Matthias Winckelmann and Horst Weber. For the last forty years ENJA has built an impressive catalog, with more than seven hundred releases that ...

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ENJA Records' Matthias Winckelmann Interviewed at All About Jazz!

ENJA Records' Matthias Winckelmann Interviewed at All About Jazz!

ECM, ACT, Winter & Winter, FMP, MPS, ENJA... Germany sounds like a generous land for creative jazz record labels. ENJA Records, the Münich-based jazz label, was founded in 1971 by Matthias Winckelmann and Horst Weber. For the last forty years ENJA has built an impressive catalog, with more than seven hundred releases that cover a wide ...

Enja Records

Read "Enja Records" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Matthias Winckelmann's favorite recording of the hundreds he's made is the one just finished. Over the years, he's documented music from all over the world and of many different stripes and has always been eloquent and passionate. His label Enja has been in existence for 38 years and a look at the catalogue tells you that ...

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3 Play+: American Waltz

Read "American Waltz" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The music of a band is determined by its players. 3 Play+ assimilates its diverse influences to bring about a confluent whole. The music scopes a wide panorama, from lilting waltz to startlingly fractured-time piece. Each track is a miniature encapsulation of its innovation, an inspired journey into the known and the unexpected. 3 Play+ is ...


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