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Charles Davis

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Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Charles graduated from the famous DuSable High School, studied at the Chicago School of Music and was a private student of John Hauser. 50’s -- Played in the bands of Billie Holiday and Ben Webster, Sun Ra and Dinah Washington. Performed and recorded with Kenny Dorham with whom he had a musical association that lasted many years. 60’s -- Performed and recorded with Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Griffin, Steve Lacy, Ahmad Jamal and worked with Blue Mitchell, Erskine Hawkins, John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan, among others

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Article: Album Review

Archie Shepp: The Way Ahead, Kwanza, The Magic Of Ju-ju Revisited

Read "The Way Ahead, Kwanza, The Magic Of Ju-ju Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


2023 kicks off with the bangingest back-in-the-day bang from the Swiss-based ezz-thetics label, whose carefully curated and remastered 1960s sessions from Archie Shepp, Horace Silver, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler lit up the reissue calendar in 2022. Shepp's The Way Ahead, Kwanza, The Magic Of Ju-ju Revisited comes in at a whisker over ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Why Jazz: Part 1

Read "Why Jazz: Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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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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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution

Read "Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When people's anger and frustration spill onto Beirut's streets, music is one of the first things to suffer. Every few years, it seems, roads are blocked, and crowds swell the downtown area—angry at Syrian intervention or political assassination, enraged by Israeli attack, sick to the teeth of inadequate garbage collection. There's always something to ...

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For The Love Of Lori

Label: Reade Street Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Begues; What'll I Do?; Juliano; KD; For The Love Of Lori; Into Himalayas; Cedar's Blues; I'll Be Seeing You.

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Heath BIg Band: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Inciso al Blue Note di New York, questo CD riunisce una big band stellare comprendente alcuni dei migliori jazzisti contemporanei. La guida il magnifico sassofonista Jimmy Heath, uno dei musician's musicians per eccellenza nel jazz. Sembra incredibile, ma questo è solo il suo terzo CD per big band in 60 anni di carriera a fronte di ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Davis: For The Love Of Lori

Read "For The Love Of Lori" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Charles Davis' paean to his late wife, For the Love of Lori, is more of a musical celebration of her spirit than a requiem. Sure, there are moments of intense sorrow and nostalgic melancholy but they are enveloped in positive, swinging creativity. On “What'll I Do?" for instance, Davis' wistful soliloquy is filled ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Davis: For The Love Of Lori

Read "For The Love Of Lori" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Coping with loss is never easy. Some are completely defeated by the death of a loved one, choosing to retreat into isolation. Others prefer to reflect, celebrate the life that was lived, and play on. Saxophonist Charles Davis is part of the latter group. Davis lost his wife--Lori Samet-Davis--in April of 2012, but he didn't let ...

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Article: Live Review

Celebrating Sun Ra at the Painted Bride Art Center

Read "Celebrating Sun Ra at the Painted Bride Art Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound and the Sun Ra Centennial Arkestra The Painted Bride Art Center “Still the New Thing" Philadelphia, PA April 19, 2014 This concert concluded a tripartite series curated by saxophonist, band leader, and composer/arranger Bobby Zankel entitled “Still the New Thing" honoring three icons of ...


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