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WHILE the 1920's ended on December 30, 1929--and a far different political, social, and sociological climate prevailed during the ensuing decade--a number of highly gifted writers managed to keep alive in the musical theater of the 1930's some of the feverish spirit and the unconventional attitudes of the "roaring Twenties." The most significant of these was Cole Porter. In his lyrics and melodies--for like Irving Berlin he wrote both--he fixed the smartness and cynicism, the freedom in sex attitudes, the lack of inhibitions in speech and behavior, and the outright iconoclasm that had characterized the 1920's

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Clare Foster: Kumbhaka

Read "Kumbhaka" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher

Clare Foster is a multi-talented musician who sings, composes and, along the way, educates. Born in England, she learnt the clarinet and began listening to jazz at the age of five courtesy of her father and recently said in an interview, “he still doesn't believe there's any jazz after 1932!" Foster's inspiration for this ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Solo Statesmen

Read "Solo Statesmen" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Joachim Kühn Touch the Light ACT Music 2021 Centuries-old classical, rock from recent decades, jazz staples both classic and modern—to Joachim Kühn it's all just good music regardless of style, and it seems any material can be suited to the mood at hand when he's in a mind to play with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May

Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Max Haymer: Whirlwind: Live at Sam First

Read "Whirlwind: Live at Sam First" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Los Angeles pianist and composer Max Haymer has been a busy man this past decade, touring as a longtime member of Arturo Sandoval's band, leading his own group and performing as an accompanist to singer Jane Monheit. Accordingly, Whirlwind: Live at Sam First is Haymer's first album since Pickpocket Witness (CD Baby, 2008) twelve years ago. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lisa Hilton: More Than Another Day

Read "More Than Another Day" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's very comforting to know that, as Annus Horribilis (2020) crashes to its long awaited, cursed demise, pianist/composer Lisa Hilton delivers, as she has faithfully over the past few years, a year-end gift to aficionados everywhere with her soulfully bluesy More Than Another Day. When you consider all our anxious caution for the year ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Clarke Quartet: Mirage

Read "Mirage" reviewed by Chris May

The bi-annual Young Jazz Musician competition was launched by Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC, in 2014. As with all arts awards, the final selection tends to be a lottery, with the judges tasked with picking a winner from among five close-matched contestants. 2020 was no exception. The final was televised on November 22 and the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

Read "Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre" reviewed by Martin McFie

The Jan Harbeck Quartet Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark August 27, 2020 A few blocks away from the Christiansborg Palace--the seat of the Danish government--in a street filled with bustle and bicycles, is Jazzhus Montmartre, which has been here, or near here, since it began in 1959, that magical ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Paul Kelly/Paul Grabowsky Please Leave Your Light On Cooking Vinyl 2020 Less the blues in ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Un prezioso inedito: Enrico Pieranunzi, Paul Motian, Marc Johnson

Read "Un prezioso inedito: Enrico Pieranunzi, Paul Motian, Marc Johnson" reviewed by Paolo Marra

L'etichetta danese Storyville sta per pubblicare un disco dal vivo di Enrico Pieranunzi in trio con Paul Motian e Marc Johnson che documenta una performance tenuta il 2 Dicembre del 1996 alla Jazzhouse di Copenhagen. In occasione della pubblicazione di questa registrazione, rimasta finora inedita, il pianista romano ci ha raccontato la genesi e la successiva ...


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