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Let Yourself Go: The Lives of Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch

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Fred Hersch Let Yourself Go: The Lives of Fred Hersch AHA! DVD 2008Katja Duregger's intimate documentary about virtuoso pianist Fred Hersch has the personal touch of a home movie. Broken down into four sections that are viewed individually on the DVD, the film covers all aspects of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chick Corea / John McLaughlin: Five Peace Band Live

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From the psychedelic cover art to the expansive and innovative playing, Five Peace Band Live is a throwback to the great live albums Miles Davis made in the late-1960s-1970s, with some of the same musicians. Chick Corea and John McLaughlin actually met in 1969 during the recording sessions that would become the classic fusion albums In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk

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The remastered Monk is actually two mini-sets melded into one with the first quintet consisting of the underrated trumpeter Ray Copeland, tenor saxophonist Frank Foster and bassist Curly Russell, with the legendary Art Blakey holding it all together on drums. These first four tracks (including a beautiful rendition of the Jerome Kern classic “Smoke Gets in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Garage a Trois: Power Patriot

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The lines between jazz and rock can become blurred inside of a really good groove. That's exactly what happens on Garage a Trois' Power Patriot. In spite of its hokey title with red state overtones, the ten songs it contains are tightly constructed jams composed largely by Mike Dillon and pianist Marco Benevento, whose own trio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vijay Iyer: Historicity

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Pianist Vijay Iyer's compositions are ferociously paced and fractured with a sense of urgency that informs each note he plays. Historicity's title track opens the record, grabbing the listener immediately with the pianist's unique touch, carrying through on other original compositions such as “Helix"--a ballad on the surface that explodes midway through with frenetic energy. This ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Chet Baker's Quiet Sound Endures

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Chet Baker Strollin' Enja 2008 Chet Baker Broken Wing Inner City 2009 John Proulx Baker's Dozen MAXJAZZ 2009 As iconic as any ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

New Morning Paris Concert

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Al Foster New Morning Paris Concert Inakustik 2009 Al Foster played with Miles Davis for several years in the '70s, appearing on Get Up With It, On The Corner, Big Fun, Dark Magus, Agharta, and reuniting with him in the '80s for The Man With The Horn, We ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Liebman / Michael Stephans: Nomads

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Veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman is no stranger to experimentation, cutting his teeth playing with Elvin Jones and then Miles Davis' groundbreaking fusion group in the '70s. Drummer/poet Michael Stephans has played with everyone from Pharoah Sanders and John Patitucci to classic rock legends David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. On Nomads, the duo takes on many ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Badal Roy: Keeping the Groove

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India-born tabla player Badal Roy has spent the past four decades playing with some of jazz's greatest giants, including John McLaughlin, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. He has been playing with fellow On the Corner alum Michael Henderson, as part of the Miles from India tour. Backstage before a recent concert at the Iridium in New ...


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