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50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition" reviewed by Marc Cohn

During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Igor Willcox Quartet: Live at The Jazz Room (Canada)

Read "Live at The Jazz Room (Canada)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With his second live release in as many years, Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox continues to display--with equal parts potent suppleness and sheer fusion momentum--the high energy level at the core of his game. Add to that Newton's Third Law--that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction--and you've got a really clear read on ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master

Read "June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master" reviewed by Marc Cohn

June jazz birthdays! Our featured honoree is bassist Reggie Workman, 82 years young, who got a fine birthday present: a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So, we have three tracks from his own recordings, which may surprise you. One features Andrew Hill and Julian Priester. Other birthday honors include Marcus Belgrave (Horace ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Marici Saxes at the London Saxophone Festival

Read "Marici Saxes at the London Saxophone Festival" reviewed by Martin McFie

Marici Saxophones London Saxophone Festival London June 11, 2019 As part of the second London Saxophone Festival, a number of London jazz clubs and venues featured music played on this quintessentially jazz instrument. Invented by Adolphe Sax in jny: Paris, 60 years before jazz came to life, it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Duende Libre: Drift

Read "Drift" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Duende Libre is an energetic trio of Seattle musicians utilizing the American jazz tradition as a jumping off point for exploration of global musical forms. The creative vision for the band is perhaps that of pianist/composer Alex Chadsey, yet it is his two mates, drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch, and uber bassist Farko Dosumov that bring his musical ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

Read "Jazz House Kids:  The House that Jazz Built" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Hans Ulrik: Still Searching

Read "Hans Ulrik: Still Searching" reviewed by Robin Arends

It is not easy to classify Danish saxophonist Hans Ulrik. He dedicates himself as easily to movie soundtracks and jingles as to an album of Latin or Christmas music. At the same time it is not difficult to recognize Ulrik's dreamy, Nordic voice. Like other European jazz musicians Ulrik started his career in the United States. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Return to Forever: Returns

Read "Returns" reviewed by John Kelman

Seventies fusion supergroup Return to Forever's reunion and 2008 world tour was one of the year's biggest jazz events. At performances including its Ottawa International Jazz Festival show, the group did more than give a bunch of grays and no-hairs a chance to relive their youth. With a combination of prerequisite testosterone ("This is a man's ...


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