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Cannonball Adderley

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Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop. Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S. Naval Academy and then led an army band while stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Originally nicknamed "Cannibal" in high school for his voracious appetite, the nickname mutated into "Cannonball" and stuck. In 1955, Adderley traveled to New York City with his younger brother and lifelong musical partner, Nat Jr. (cornet)

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Article: Interview

Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities

Read "Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Idit Shner, a saxophonist from Israel based in jny: Eugene, Oregon, has a wide range of musical influences in the projects she has recorded. Her albums have been published on OA2 Records and Origin Classical and have something to offer for any listener. Grounded in the jazz traditions, she has kept reinventing herself musically, so that ...

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

Read "Meeco: Keeping It Real" reviewed by Chris May


The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

Read "Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

What Next After Kind of Blue?

Read "What Next After Kind of Blue?" reviewed by Steve Cook


For those dipping a first toe into jazz, the Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959) is a common initial purchase or listen for many plausible reasons. Web searches for “best jazz albums of all time," or the like, bring up numerous lists that put it at the top and on newcomers' radars. Prominent placement ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger: To Oblivion and Beyond

Read "Brian Auger: To Oblivion and Beyond" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Brian Auger is recognized as one of the most charismatic organists on the planet. For six decades he has stayed current through projects that were in sync with, and often ahead of, the times, thanks to a firm vision and well-chosen artistic partnerships. Through a career that has seen him play with the likes of Tony ...

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Article: Interview

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Album Review

Hal Galper Trio: Invitation To Openness

Read "Invitation To Openness" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Hall Galper turned away from the life of touring in 2000, and eased into “the shed," to work on some innovative ideas that would change the shape of the piano trio. Rubato is where he went--a style of playing that stretches time, making it flexible, unpredictable and free. It takes special trio mates to assist ...


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