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ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Every Now and Den

Read "Every Now and Den" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

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Paris Jazz Diary 2012

Read "Paris Jazz Diary 2012" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Paris is the New York City of the European jazz world. Any night of the week, live jazz is played somewhere in this multicultural metropolis where America's global gift is valued, venerated and celebrated. There are more than 30 live jazz venues, as well as sporadic and spontaneous performances on street corners and bridges, in Metro ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Django Bates Beloved: Confirmation

Read "Confirmation" reviewed by John Kelman

In the jazz world, groups often convene for special projects, though, more often than not, the participants then usually go their separate ways, even if the underlying concept- -or, even, just the band's chemistry--suggests further continuance. When Django Bates put together Belovèd Bird (Lost Marble, 2010), it seemed likely that the maverick British pianist, composer and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

Read "Latin Bird" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label debut for Motema, his ninth release as a leader, reworks eight of Parker's tunes in Afro-Cuban, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions

Read "Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

T. K. BlueLatin BirdMotéma Music2011 Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Jazz vs Racism

Read "Jazz vs Racism" reviewed by Greg Thomas

Jazz saved me from becoming a racist. Back in the early to mid-1980s, while attending Hamilton College in central New York, I learned details about the transatlantic slave trade that sickened and angered me. I read about the history of the abolitionist movement in the 1800s, and the civil rights movements of last ...

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation: Varieties of Religious Experience Suite

Read "Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation: Varieties of Religious Experience Suite" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Gene Pritsker's Sound LiberationVarieties of Religious Experience SuiteInnova Records2010 There are times when certain music--usually symphonic in scope--suggests the character of a new cultural epoch. Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, also known as the Eroica symphony, was one such, and it set the tone for the Romantic era. His 9th ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Don Cherry: From Out of the Shadows

Read "Don Cherry: From Out of the Shadows" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It was cool in Bombay that July in 1985, or was it 1986? Somehow the year does not seem to matter quite as much as it did when the phenomenon first occurred. The other details, of course, I remember clear as day. Association PC were tearing it up on stage at the fabled arena of the ...


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