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Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a limited range, she used it like an accomplished jazz instrumentalist, stretching and condensing phrases in an ever-shifting dialogue with accompanying musicians. Famous for delivering lyrics a bit behind the beat, she alternately endowed them with sadness, sensuality, languor, and irony

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Bettye LaVette: Blackbirds

Read "Blackbirds" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Com'è accaduto a Sharon Jones anche Bettye Lavette ha incontrato il successo in età matura--o nel suo caso avanzata--ottenendo quei riconoscimenti che non ebbe negli anni d'oro della soul music. È stato l'album del 2003 A Woman Like Me, quando aveva già 57 anni, a darle quel successo che attendeva da tempo, aprendole un percorso ricco ...

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Steven Feifke Big Band: Kinetic

Read "Kinetic" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Assimilare la tradizione per poi creare cose originali. È questo il percorso che hanno seguito e continuano a seguire i musicisti jazz, in forme e approfondimenti diversi. A 30 anni esatti il pianista Steven Feifke è ancora al primo passo ma in questo scintillante debutto orchestrale dimostra di avere tutte le carte in regola per sviluppare ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Billie Holiday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Billie Holiday

All About Jazz is celebrating Billie Holiday's birthday today! Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a ...

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Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Read "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The hard bop, Philadelphia pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali had a short, troubled life. On what was believed his only recording, The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic, 1965), the drummer placed Ali's full image front and center, his name in a larger font on the LP cover. Within the Philadelphia jazz community, he was ...

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: In Tribute to Billie

Read "Women in Jazz: In Tribute to Billie" reviewed by Russell Perry


In 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth. In 2020, the documentary Billie was released and now the flawed biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday has come out. In the last several years, there have been significant tribute records by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson and José James. In addition, songs from ...

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Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

Read "This Bitter Earth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ad appena 26 anni Veronica Swift firma il suo album più avvincente e maturo, imponendosi come la vocalist stilisticamente più completa emersa nel nuovo millennio. Dotata di un talento prodigioso, s'è imposta nell'affollato panorama odierno delle cantanti per inventiva e virtuosismo, rinnovando l'eredità di grandi interpreti degli anni cinquanta come Anita O'Day e Dinah Washington.

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Dominique Fils-Aimé: The Power of Change

Read "Dominique Fils-Aimé: The Power of Change" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Dominique Fils-Aimé is one of the most interesting revelations of contemporary jazz and soul, a unique artist. Her discographic journey with Ensoul Records began in 2018 with Nameless , continued with Stay Tuned! in 2019 (which earned her a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Canada's equivalent of a Grammy Award) and ended ...

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La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez

Read "La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Articolo originariamente pubblicato nel marzo 2003 e ora riproposto in occasione del mese dedicato al contributo femminile al jazz Per la sua spiccata componente di oralità, la Jazz Poetry è probabilmente l'espressione che meglio di altre connota—insieme al jazz stesso—l'esperienza artistica afroamericana del '900, in quanto trait d'union fra improvvisazione e composizione scritta.

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Dominique Fils-Aimé: Il Potere del Cambiamento

Read "Dominique Fils-Aimé: Il Potere del Cambiamento" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Dominique Fils-Aimé è una delle più interessanti rivelazioni del jazz e del soul contemporaneo, un'artista unica. Il suo percorso discografico è iniziato nel 2018 con Nameless, è continuato con Stay Tuned! nel 2019 (che le è valso un Juno Award come “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year," l'equivalente canadese di un Grammy Award) e si è ...


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