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Jay Thomas Quartet: Upside

Read "Upside" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle-based musician Jay Thomas may be considered the oddest of ducks in the jazz universe. By that, I am referring to his fierce musicality expressed both on trumpet and saxophone, as well as most members of the brass and woodwind families. Inspired early in his career by the like minded veteran Ira Sullivan, Thomas in a ...

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

A Garland of Red

Read "A Garland of Red" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Like pianist Wynton Kelly and Kelly's debut recording New Faces -New Sounds (Blue Note, 1951), William McKinley Red Garland performed for years as a sideman before releasing his first recording as a leader, A Garland of Red. Originally from jny: Dallas, Texas, Garland migrated to jny: New York City after a stint with Hot Lips Page ...

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Lockjaw Meets the Hawk

Lockjaw Meets the Hawk

To the best of my knowledge, tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Coleman Hawkins recorded together as a duo only once (Very Saxy was a group session with saxophonists Buddy Tate and Arnett Cobb). Davis—like Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson and others— was deeply influenced by Hawkins's gruff, boastful attack. So teaming up with his ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Cory Weeds, Mugrew Miller, Artie Shaw & More

Read "Cory Weeds, Mugrew Miller, Artie Shaw & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the prowess of, This week we open Neon Jazz with a tribute to Rashied Ali, courtesy of Dutch bassist Joris Teepe. We then move on to sample some tasty new tracks by the Pete Coco Trio, Angela Verbrugge and the incredible Cory Weeds. In between, the show is full of legends from Artie ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The MUH Trio: The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark

Read "The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dating back to the 1980s, Italian jazz pianist Roberto Magris had been working with jazz luminaries such as Kai Winding and Eddie Lockjaw Davis while also performing extensively with Eastern and Central European artists. Late in that decade he recorded three albums with his quartet/quintet formation on they performed across that same region. In the 1990s ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bobby Zankel: Revisiting Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

Read "Bobby Zankel: Revisiting Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

John Coltrane's iconic A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1965) is a jazz perennial, continuing to attract and move listeners around the globe nearly five decades after it was released. Great musicians, such as guitarists John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana, and saxophonist Joshua Redman cite its profound influence on their career. The Branford Marsalis Quartet , with A ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Sommer: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It takes self-confidence and talent for a new musician to lock horns with a more experienced practitioner of the same instrument, and tenor saxophonist Peter Sommer has plenty of both. His only other recording was a collaborative effort with pianist Art Lande, and this second recording is his first as a leader. On ...


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