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Charles Mingus

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

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz/Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz/Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Zakir Hussain turns 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Charles Mingus: @ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Read "@ Bremen 1964 & 1975" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

"In questo paese--sentenziò Charles Mingus--percepisco ancora intatto il puzzo delle camere a gas e dei campi di concentramento. Ma non fatevi troppi problemi: gli Stati Uniti d'America sono anch'essi un grande campo di concentramento." Il paese era la Germania Ovest, la città era Brema, l'anno il 1964. La dichiarazione è riportata da ...

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Di Zappa di più

Read "Di Zappa di più" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Sono passati 27 anni da quando Frank Zappa ci ha prematuramente lasciato, ma la sua figura di musicista è ben lontana dall'essere dimenticata, o anche semplicemente messa da parte. Questo sicuramente anche grazie all'attività dei figli Dweezil e Ahmet, il primo con i tour mondiali della sua band Zappa plays Zappa dedicata alla musica del padre, ...

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Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how ...

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Sabu Toyozumi / Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai

Read "Hokusai" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This tantalizing duo between Mats Gustafsson and Sabu Toyozumi was recorded at two live concerts in Chiba, Japan in 2018. Probably most listeners are familiar with the Swedish saxophonist from his avant--garage trio The Thing with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love and dozens of other ensembles including Fire! Orchestra, The End, and Cuts with Masami ...

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2020 Releases Deserving Recognition

Read "2020 Releases Deserving Recognition" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pandemic or no pandemic, there were a lot of worthwhile jazz CDs released in 2020, more than could be covered within the year. Here are quick reviews of six of them. Benny Rubin Jr. Quartet Know Say Or See Self-Produced 2020 Benny Rubin Jr is a young ...

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Meroli: Notturni

Read "Notturni" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz has a great track record when it comes to film scores. Standouts include Miles Davis' soundtrack for Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958), Charles Mingus' for John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959) and Krzysztof Komeda's for Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (1962). There are dozens more, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s, before rock became the ...

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Joe Chambers: Samba De Maracatu

Read "Samba De Maracatu" reviewed by Chris May

Drummer Joe Chambers was unusual among the drummers who emerged on the Blue Note label in the mid 1960s in that not only did he generate a powerful beat, he wrote strong tunes, too. He played on, and often composed pieces for, albums by such Blue Note luminaries as saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, vibraphonist ...

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Francesco Caligiuri Orchestra: Arcaico Mare

Read "Arcaico Mare" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo l'eccellente Renaissance del 2019--un quintetto rafforzato sulla timbrica grave dalla tuba di Michel Godard--il multistrumentista cosentino Francesco Caligiuri pubblica ancora per l'etichetta Dodicilune un progetto orchestrale nato per il Roccella Jazz Festival e poi inciso in studio nel febbraio 2020. L'organico è costituito dalla sezione ritmica più un quintetto di ottoni, una ...


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