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NEA jazz master Bobby Hutcherson is the most accomplished vibraphonist of his generation. He is a master of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic improvisation on both the vibes and the marimba. He has performed or recorded with nearly every major living jazz musician. Born in Los Angeles in 1941, and raised in Pasadena, Hutcherson took a few piano lessons at an early age. But, he says, "I only played piano for my own enjoyment." Returned to the vibes after hearing the music of Milt Jackson. "One day I was walking down the street and I heard one of his records and that started it I have never tried to directly copy his style, but he's been a great influence on me…” He briefly studied the vibes with Dave Pike. While still a teenager, Hutcherson worked around Los Angeles with such top musicians as Charles Lloyd and Curtis Amy


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Sonny Sitt, Kris Davis, Rufus Reid

Read "Sonny Sitt, Kris Davis, Rufus Reid" reviewed by David Brown

This week, a series of mini-sets featuring Sonny Sitt, Tommy Flanagan, Esperanza Spalding, Harold Land, Kris Davis and Rufus Reid. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective.Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" ...

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Simon Moullier Trio: Inception

Read "Inception" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il giovane vibrafonista vincitore dell'ultimo Critics Poll di Down Beat nella categoria rising star, torna al trio e agli standard con cui aveva pubblicato nel 2021 Countdown. Ritroviamo quindi Luca Alemanno al contrabbasso e Jongkuk Kim alla batteria che avevano lasciato spazio al quartetto di Isla dove Simon Moullier presentava molte sue composizioni. Inutile ...


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Empirical: Wonder Is The Beginning

Read "Wonder Is The Beginning" reviewed by Chris May

London's Empirical quartet, which first recorded in 2007 as a quintet, has had a steady lineup since 2009's sophomore album, Out 'n' In (Naim): Nathaniel Facey on alto saxophone, Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Tom Farmer on double bass and Shaney Forbes on drums. A stable lineup has given the group a certain consistency of sound, though ...

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Eric Dolphy: At Five Spot to Iron Man Revisited

Read "At Five Spot to Iron Man Revisited" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Riunire in un unico CD di quasi ottanta minuti due capolavori cosa determina? Un capolavoro al quadrato, ovviamente, ed è quanto avviene in questo album semplicemente maestoso, i cui primi tre brani riprendono il live inciso al Five Spot il 16 luglio 1961 dal quintetto da favola riunito per l'occasione da Eric Dolphy, all'epoca trentatreenne, il ...


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Anthony Pirog, Les Paul, Ethan Philion and More

Read "Anthony Pirog, Les Paul, Ethan Philion and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show has electronics, guitarists, vintage Chicago avant work, and much more. Musicians heard include Anthony Pirog, Les Paul, Philip Cohran, Ethan Philion, and Bobby Hutcherson. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Jeremy Dutton “The ...


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The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...


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Freedom Suite, Blanche Calloway, Jazz at the Philharmonic

Read "Freedom Suite, Blanche Calloway, Jazz at the Philharmonic" reviewed by David Brown

This week we'll celebrate the recording milestone of Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite, recorded 66 years ago this weekend on February 11, 1958; then a birthday tribute to singer, bandleader Blanche Calloway born this weened in 1902 who was a first woman to lean an all-male jazz band; and we'll tour with Jazz at the Philharmonic for ...


Article: Interview

David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience: 50 Years in the Making

Read "David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience: 50 Years in the Making" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Modern jazz has never been more prolific. Nonsense you say? With most recording and touring jazz musicians coming out of institutions of higher learning these days, jazz listeners can encounter top line players in virtually any major city in the United States. What's happening in New York is happening in Seattle, Denver, Detroit or Cleveland in ...


At Five Spot to Iron Man Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Fire Waltz; Bee Vamp; The Prophet; Iron Man; Burning Spear; Mandrake; Jitterbug Waltz.


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