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Article: Album Review

Jay Rattman: In the Towns

Read "In the Towns" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Jay Rattman may not exactly be a household name to some jazz listeners and saxophone hounds. Perhaps he should be. Busy, literate, and creative, Rattman is that rare player who makes one think. In a juxtaposition of styles, genres, and horns, New York-based Rattman, could be accused of what was termed “formalism" in the good old ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hot vs. Cool: A Battle of Jazz + New Releases

Read "Hot vs. Cool: A Battle of Jazz + New Releases" reviewed by David Brown


A battle of bands this week, as we spin Leonard Feather's 1952 recording Hot vs. Cool: A Battle of Jazz. This double 7" EP featuring a bop group led by Dizzy Gillespie and a trad jazz band led by Jimmy McPartland facing off on the stage of Birdland. Then, new releases from Eve Risser, Marta Warelis, ...

Article: Album Review

Mike McGinnis - Elias Bailey - Vinnie Sperazza: Time Is Thicker

Read "Time Is Thicker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Conclusa la notevole parentesi con Art Lande e Steve Swallow per l'etichetta Sunnyside (Recurring Dream del 2017 e Singular Awakening del 2018), Mike McGinnis conferma la formula del trio con due nuovi partner, privilegiando il clarinetto rispetto al sax soprano. Dopo ricercati lavori con medie formazioni dove ha espresso originalità come compositore e arrangiatore, McGinnis evidenzia ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

Read "I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

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Article: Interview

Wardell Gray, "Forgotten Tenor:" An Interview with Filmmaker Abraham Ravett

Read "Wardell Gray, "Forgotten Tenor:" An Interview with Filmmaker Abraham Ravett" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 [This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the revered but neglected tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.]

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Article: The Mort Report

WOW! Bird and Bach: Them two cats really could play!

Read "WOW! Bird and Bach: Them two cats really could play!" reviewed by Mort Weiss


O.K. Now that I've got your attention, what should I write about? The many articles here at AAJ have damn near covered each and every aspect on the topic of jazz and its place (albeit) always in flux and change with each and every up and coming generation of players. Where is jazz in the scheme ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Horn Soliloquy: Mort Weiss & Sam Newsome

Read "Horn Soliloquy: Mort Weiss & Sam Newsome" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Solo horn recitals are nothing new. Both Anthony Braxton and Steve Lacy produced several each. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins released a sparking The Solo Album (Milestone, 1985), while Bobby Watson's alto wailed solo on This Little Light of Mine (Red Records, 1993). No other format allows the horn player more freedom than playing solo. Here are ...

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Article: Interview

Mort Weiss: Mort to Come

Read "Mort Weiss: Mort to Come" reviewed by Sammy Stein


Mort Weiss is a clarinetist with attitude. He has also achieved what few would dare--taking a break from music for almost 40 years and then making a successful comeback. Every man is a sum of his parts, his life story put together like pieces of a jigsaw. For some, the puzzle is simple, pieces slot together ...

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Article: The Mort Report

Why Do I Write These Articles?

Read "Why Do I Write These Articles?" reviewed by Mort Weiss


The following will be an exercise in candor. I like to see my name in print on a Major--the major jazz web site. And I hope it will further better my record sales. I like to think that folks/people are finding things of interest in my remembrances that I've accumulated within my persona over a long ...


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