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Earl Bostic

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Bostic's distinctive style, strong on the sax and heavy on the beat, was quite successful in the rhythm and blues market in the 1950s. One of the few jazz musicians of his generation with formal training, Bostic studied composition at Xavier University in New Orleans in the early 1930s, and then spent several years performing with territory bands in the Midwest as well as with Fate Marable, who led one of the last Mississippi riverboat bands. His reputation as a superb instrumentalist earned him an invitation to come to New York City, where he played with Hot Lips Page and Lionel Hampton

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden Of Jewels

Read "Garden Of Jewels" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Garden of Jewels is an apt title for this CD. It contains music that is luminous and multifaceted like a jewel, sparkling from many different angles. The musicians here, saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey all developed individual sounds out of the musical freedom principles pioneered in the Sixties, and have played ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

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Article: Interview

Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U

Read "Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U" reviewed by Scott H. Thompson


Drummer Jimmy Cobb was a 91-year old NEA Jazz Master who was (until recently) still playing hard and keeping the groove with his trio consisting of Tadataka Unno on piano and Paolo Benedettini on drums. Remembering U (his 12th album as a leader and first release on his own Jimmy Cobb World label) was released in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More

Read "Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Modern jazz legend Joe Lovano talks about the new COVID-19 world and so much more as we tailor our hour of jazz around his sound. We also profile the Kansas City group Guitar Elation and new material from GoGo Penguin. Dig. Playlist Joe Lovano “Seeds of Change" Trio Tapestry (ECM Records) 00:00 Host talks ...

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Article: Live Review

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne


Gary Bartz Liberty Avenue Stage Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 23, 2010 The 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featured a heavyweight lineup of world-renowned saxophone players, including Charles Lloyd, Nubya Garcia, and Gary Bartz. Bartz was scheduled to perform selections from Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way ...

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Article: Album Review

The NJE: Afloat

Read "Afloat" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


When a jazz act takes on Jimi Hendrix, you know they do not lack for confidence. Are they experienced? They certainly are, for The NJE (Near Jazz Experience) is led by saxophonist Terry Edwards, whose many credits include Keziah Jones, Tom Waits and P J Harvey. The NJE trio tackles Hendrix's “Voodoo Child" with ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzkaar 2017

Read "Jazzkaar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jazzkaar 2017 Tallinn, Estonia April 21-30, 2017 Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst ...

News: Recording

Earl Bostic: Alto-tude

Earl Bostic: Alto-tude

From Earl Bostic's first record date in 1939 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra on Haven't Named It Yet , it was clear that the alto saxophonist was different. There was a sharp eagerness in his alto saxophone, a jumping swing feel at age 27 that was fresh and aggressive. He was a natural storyteller on the ...

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Article: Book Review

Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson

Read "Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Whisper Not Benny Golson and Jim Merod 335 Pages ISBN: 9781439913338 Temple University Press 2016 jny: Philadelphia has always been a cradle for outstanding jazz talent, though when it comes to durability surely none can match Benny Golson, who began playing seventy years ago. At 87, Golson--an NEA ...


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