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Meet Little Jimmy Scott

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All About Jazz: You've been out of the country recently? Jimmy Scott: Yes, I was in France and Italy. I was there with my regular group. Hilliard Greene is on bass, Michael Keenan is on piano, and Victor Jones is on drums. Hilliard has been with me for twelve years, and the other two ...


Article: Album Review

John Hart: Scenes From A Song

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You can't keep a good guitarist down for long, in spite of the vagaries of the recording industry. John Hart, who has gained attention for his individualistic approach on a series of Blue Note and Concord releases in the past dozen years, has jumped to the HepJazz label, thereby extending his stream of self-assured and musically ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Rochinski: Otherwise

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A presence in the Northeast jazz scene, and certainly known by the students and faculty of the Berklee School Of Music, guitarist Steve Rochinski unfortunately was unable to scrape together the resources for more than a self-produced CD until recently. His “Until Further Notice" garnered the acclaim of those who heard it, but without distribution and ...


Article: Album Review

Jack Wilkins: Reunion

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Reunion is just that.And for jazz listeners who missed Jack Wilkins' outstanding 1977 release, Merge, the first time out, or for those who are too young to remember it, Reunion brings back that group for a brief moment in time.It wasn't easy. Schedules conflicted and everyone was busy, but they found a ...


Article: Album Review

The Ganz Brothers: First Steps

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Growing up in Greenboro, North Carolina, the Ganz brothers recorded “First Steps" in 1999, a year after guitarist Keith Ganz joined Steve in New York for a career in music. Now, in 2001, the CD finally is released on Steve's self-produced label, Extravaganza Records. The results are aurally illuminating.In their early thirties, the Ganz ...


Article: Album Review

Avram Fefer: Calling All Spirits

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Even though Avram Fefer has been performing on the periphery of public consciousness, he actually has been in the center of several important jazz scenes. As a result, he has absorbed strong influences and contributed to the development of new forms in several jazz centers.Born in Seattle, moving to Harvard to receive a degree ...


Article: Album Review

Benny Green: Green's Blues

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Benny Green's talent is such that he can adapt to any situation, as proven by the ultimate testing grounds of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Betty Carter's group, not to mention Ray Brown's trio--all of which Green joined. As the aggressive hard bop pianist or the unpredictable Carter's accompanist who slips from one thought to the ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Soul Insider

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With the release of Soul Insider, saxophonist Bill Evans lays his own claim to the funk and groove that seems to be linear descendants from the work that Eddie Harris and Les McCann did in the 1960’s. Lest anyone mistake Evans’ intentions and the derivation of the music he honors, McCann contributes the vocals to two ...


Article: Album Review

Clark Terry: One On One

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At the age of 80, Clark Terry finally is being acknowledged as one of the greatest trumpet players in jazz. The crescendo of recognition started for his 75th birthday, when he made the cover of Down Beat, when he earned “Lifetime Recognition" awards left and right, and as, although not signed to a single label, he ...


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