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Cootie Williams

Throughout his years with Ellington, and on many occasions under his own name, Cootie consistently displayed a vigorous command of his instrument. Whether playing the muted colourful compositions of Ellington, or playing in the full-throated manner that reflected his admiration for Louis Armstrong, the distinctive trumpet playing of Cootie Williams remains one of the lasting joys of jazz. He was born, Charles Melvin Williams, in Mobile, Alabama, on 10 July 1911. As a small child, he played various instruments in school bands but then took up the trumpet on which he was largely self-taught

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dinosaur: To The Earth

Read "To The Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Edition label has remained independent of London's post-2015 alternative jazz scene, whose aesthetic is formed in part by the emphases of identity politics and which now, in 2020, has gone overground with the signing of three bands led by movement auteur Shabaka Hutchings to Impulse! in the US. Edition, which was founded in 2008 by ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rastko Obradovic Quartet: The Northern Experience

Read "The Northern Experience" reviewed by Chris May

Heads up. New kid on the block. Rastko Obradovic is a 24-year old Serbian saxophonist with bags of talent. He has his own voice, is a characterful composer and resourceful arranger, and sounds like he has what it takes to go the distance. Born and raised in Belgrade, Obradovic studied Jazz Performance at the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

July Jazz Birthdays

Read "July Jazz Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Celebrate and give thanks for these jazz voices—honored in this month of their births. Playlist Junior Cook “Illusion of Grandeur" from Somethin's Cookin' (Muse) 00:00 Cal Tjader “Mood For Milt" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 09:25 Cal Tjader “Cubano Chant" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 13:49 Don Patterson “S'Bout Time" from The Exciting New Organ ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Thelonious Monk Revisited

Read "Thelonious Monk Revisited" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Thelonious Monk once said “play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Read "Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Baden Powell: Tristeza on Guitar

Read "Tristeza on Guitar" reviewed by Chris May

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD reissue programme has begun. Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell's Tristeza on Guitar is among the first of these discs. Originally released in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Raphael Confiant: Madame St-Clair

Read "Raphael Confiant: Madame St-Clair" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Madame St-Clair, la regina di Harlem Raphaël Confiant 240 pagine ISBN: # 978-8862225663 Stampa Alternativa 2017 Pur non eguagliando i capolavori del genere, “Madame St-Clair" è un esito letterario ben fecondo dell'afrocentrismo contemporaneo. Ne è autore lo scrittore martinicano RaRaphaël Confiant, cantore dell'identità creola-antillana in stretto rapporto con il ...


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