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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1998-2000

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1998-2000" reviewed by Robert Middleton


The recurring theme in the fifth installment of 72 Jazz Thrillers is Middle Eastern music represented by John Zorn's Bar Kokhba Sextet, Either/Orchestra's Ethiopian Suite, and Mark Gross's Riddle of the Sphinx. Middle Eastern music often features complex rhythmic patterns, such as compound time signatures and intricate polyrhythms. Jazz musicians have drawn inspiration from these rhythms, ...

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Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus, Part 2

Read "The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus, Part 2" reviewed by Ellen Johnson


Part 1 | Part 2 Early Years: 1945 to 1953 Charles Mingus demonstrated his prowess as a songwriter even in the early stages of his career. Surprisingly, he started writing songs as early as 1945, a fact that often goes unnoticed. This collection of early vocal compositions includes titles such as “The Texas Hop" ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Frisell Interview: The Textural Minimalist Redefines American Music

Read "Bill Frisell Interview: The Textural Minimalist Redefines American Music" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz on March 2001. It's safe to say, the great American composer/improviser has a new face. Formerly more likely to have been two different people, one committed to the quiet focused existence of composition at a piano while the other roaming the stages of the world, ...

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Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus

Read "The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus" reviewed by Ellen Johnson


Part 1 | Part 2 Part ICharles Mingus is not typically the first name that comes to mind when discussing jazz vocal repertoire, but perhaps it should be. Since the 1940s, Mingus wrote songs in collaboration with other musicians and even penned his own lyrics. His oeuvre encompasses popular songs of the era as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias

Read "Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On New York-based jazz innovators Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Helias, who join us to discuss their latest collaboration with drummer Bobby Previte, 2.3.23 (Radio Legs Music). The recordings on 2.3.23 completely challenge any preconceived notions the listener might have about any “right way" to collaborate or create improvisational music. ...

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The Normyn Suites

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shut Him Down; The Normyn Suite #1: (Denial, Anger, Catharsis, Nostalgia, Acceptance); Radio Is Everything; The Normyn Suite #2: (May the Young Grow Old, Waking from Sedation, Freedom from the Pain, Unconditional Love, La Preghiera, The Dunes of Cahoon Hollow); Shut Him Down (Video Edit); Newspaper Pane; Kenny Dorham; Wayne Shorter.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Vocal Releases

Read "Recent Vocal Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are five recent releases by vocalists who each have their own unique spin on jazz singing. Liz Terrell It's All Right With Me Westmont 2022 Liz Terrell's musical path has led her into the worlds of cabaret, musical theatre and gospel. This is her first recording ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Normyn Suites

Read "The Normyn Suites" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Gli eclettici sviluppi orchestrali di Michael Leonhart, tra maestosi affreschi evocativi e trascinanti momenti rock e soul, tornano a entusiasmarci con questo magistrale The Normyn Suites, dove la poetica della leggerezza convive con scelte di vivo impatto ritmico e timbrico. Le due forti propensioni musicale dell'autore sono ben bilanciate: quella impressionista (che ha caratterizzato opere ammalianti ...

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Article: Album Review

Liz Terrell: It's All Right With Me

Read "It's All Right With Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When Liz Terrell sings something, you believe it. Adding her own strength of expression to every piece she touches, communicating with absolute earnestness, and offering a sound all her own, she makes every melody and musical gesture matter. On this, her debut album, Terrell puts her powerful pipes to great use on an incredibly diverse collection ...


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