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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile

Read "Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile" reviewed by Chris May


In his sleeve note for the audio restored Horace Silver album Live New York Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022), British writer Brian Morton cut to the chase. “[Silver]'s only mistake," he wrote, “was to smile while he was playing... a challenge to the notion that jazz should be deadly serious and played with a pained rictus."

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Read "Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums" reviewed by Chris May


"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So ...

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Article: Year in Review

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonny Rollins: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The quantity and quality of music released in 1959 have led many to call it a watershed year for modern jazz. Even just cursory research calls up such landmark titles as John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

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Article: The Vinyl Post

Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver

Read "Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


If you are a Blue Note fan, you undoubtedly know that over the course of their 75th anniversary year Blue Note has been reissuing important titles from the catalog at a rate of about five albums per month. It is really a fast-paced program that will appeal to folks on many levels. Some might be starting ...

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Article: Interview

Chick Corea: Creative Giant

Read "Chick Corea: Creative Giant" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan


Virtuosity is a beautiful thing. One would somehow like to believe that anybody can learn how to play any given instrument with delicate, enchanting energy; but truth be told, some are simply born with a gift that most can only dream of. The ability to amaze others through music, enriching the hearts and widening the creative ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Editions

Read "The Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Editions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


As far as jazz goes from the hard bop era, two names are synonymous with their groundbreaking work of the period-Blue Note Records and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Blue Note released a canon of recordings that have been revered by collectors and musicians alike over the years and Van Gelder was the man behind the ...

Album

Song For My Father

Label: Blue Note
Released: 1964
Track listing: Song for My Father; The Natives Are Restless Tonight; Calcutta Cutie; Que Pasa; The Kicker; Lonely Woman.


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