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Charles Mingus

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One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church— choir and group singing— and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old." He studied double bass and composition in a formal way (five years with H. Rheinshagen, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and compositional techniques with the legendary Lloyd Reese) while absorbing vernacular music from the great jazz masters, first-hand

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Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Atlantic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Introduction; Peggy’s Blue Skylight; Celia; Fables Of Faubus. CD2: Big Alice; Perdido; C Jam Blues.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1

Read "The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Certain musicians like to stick to a formula. Others, like Elvis Costello (featured today), continually reinvent themselves. Looking back at Costello's career, it seems like his sense of adventurous restlessness has been both the cause and the effect of his many high-profile collaborations, including those in the jazz world—from Michael Leonhart to Roy Nathanson, from the ...

Article: Album Review

Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Read "Comes Love: Lost Session 1960" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una registrazione inedita in studio di Sheila Jordan del 1960 (che anticipa di due anni Portrait of Sheila, il debutto ufficiale Blue Note) ci dà gioia. Per valutare appieno il valore della scoperta ricordiamo che le incisioni della Jordan prima del 1975 (quando era già prossima ai cinquanta) sono rare e dei primi ...

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Article: Album Review

Donald Edwards Quintet: The Color Of US Suite

Read "The Color Of US Suite" reviewed by Chris May


This is an album one really wants to love but ends up applauding more for its intention than its realisation. Drummer Donald Edwards has composed a suite which addresses the race hate which besmirches America and which, observed from the other side of the pond, seems to have become more bitter and entrenched with the passing ...

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 It seemed inevitable that Zakir Hussain would collaborate with jazz musicians as the '70s unfolded. Jazz had been sidling up to Indian classical music gradually since the early '60s. In 1962, Gary Peacock and Bud Shank played on Ravi Shankar's album Improvisations (World Pacific), although this was ...

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Article: Live Review

Siena Jazz 2021

Read "Siena Jazz 2021" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Durante una chiacchierata con il contrabbassista Paolino Dalla Porta e il batterista Fabrizio Sferra, alla fine della mia permanenza alla cinquantunesima edizione dei Seminari Estivi Internazionali di Siena Jazz, ho capito cosa significhi davvero vivere il jazz. Le lezioni si sono appena concluse e ci ritroviamo nell'atrio della Fortezza Medicea (sede della scuola), prima ...

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Article: Live Review

North Sea Round Town 2021

Read "North Sea Round Town 2021" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Sun-Mi Hong Diverse venues/sites: Laurenskerk, Goethe Institute, De Doelen, Worm, Boerderij Driebergen (Three Mountains Farm), private homes North Sea Round Town Rotterdam July 2-9, 2021 North Sea Round Town is a strongly community-based city festival in Rotterdam, deep in the Dutch delta. Founded 15 years ago, it takes place ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine: The Last Call

Read "The Last Call" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


ACT Music released this exceptional concert recording four years to the day after the February 19, 2017 death of 73-year old master guitarist Larry Coryell. The album documents a sensational set Coryell played with the equally skillful Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine at the Berlin Philharmonic. The event was an unplanned but fitting conclusion to their series ...


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