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Cecil McBee

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World-acclaimed Bassist Cecil McBee was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a community of rich and varied musical roots. His musical career started in high school, where he first played the clarinet. He and his sister Shirley soon gained local notoriety performing clarinet duets at concerts around the state. By the age of 17, he began to experiment with the string bass and played steadily at local nightclubs with top Jazz and Rhythm and Blues groups. Because of the great promise he showed on the clarinet, Cecil was offered a full scholarship to attend Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and upon his arrival to college, he was immediately embraced as both a fine clarinetist and a promising young bassist

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Article: Album Review

Chris Mondak: Glass Spheres

Read "Glass Spheres" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Until now, bassist Chris Mondak has been impressing only live audiences. With his album debut, Glass Spheres, he hopes to connect with a wider audience. Mondak's life has been far from ordinary. He was born in Venezuela and raised in Illinois. While in high school, he was awarded Illinois All-State Musician three times and received numerous ...

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Article: Live Review

Joe Block Quartet Featuring Vocalist Jamile At Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Joe Block Quartet Featuring Vocalist Jamile At Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Joe Block Quartet featuring vocalist Jamile Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA June 17, 2022 Although this reviewer recently interviewed pianist Joe Block for All About Jazz, he never heard Block leading his own group live. So he seized this opportunity to get an up close hearing at ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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Understanding

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Side A: Prelude to Understanding; Side B: Understanding.
Disc Two: Side C: Billie's Bounce; Side D: Zoltan.
Disc Three: Side E: Taurus Woman; Side F: Taurus Woman (Continuation); The Theme.

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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Article: Album Review

Roy Brooks: Understanding

Read "Understanding" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il doppio compact di Roy Brooks pubblicato da qualche giorno (anche in lussuoso triplo vinile e in versione digitale) non è solo un tributo a uno dei massimi batteristi dei decenni sessanta/ottanta. Registrato il 1° novembre 1970 a Baltimora, presenta uno dei concerti più esaltanti del jazz contemporaneo, un hard bop intriso d'avanguardia—in particolare John Coltrane—che ...

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Article: Album Review

Roy Brooks: Understanding

Read "Understanding" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Roy Brooks was a preeminent hard-bop drummer who early on participated in seminal recording dates led by Horace Silver, Yusef Lateef and Sonny Stitt. In this release entitled Understanding, produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman for Reel To Real Records, Brooks is documented live by The Left Bank Jazz Society at The Famous Ballroom in ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Liebman: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo Water (1997), Air (2006) e Fire (2016), Dave Liebman completa il ventennale progetto volto a rappresentare in musica i quattro elementi naturali che danno origine alla materia, il cui riferimento è comune alle antiche cosmogonie occidentali e orientali. Come alcuni ricorderanno al primo disco parteciparono Pat Metheny, Billy Hart e Cecil McBee; ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2 Debuts = 2 Quartets

Read "2 Debuts = 2 Quartets" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Bebop idioms prove far from extinct on these debut albums from two hungry cats, leading vigorous quartets with the mission to carry the bop torch of a young jazz generation. Nathan Francis Nathan Francis Quartet Ajabu! Records 2021 American bassist Nathan Francis has been based out of Helsinki, ...


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