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George Russell is a hugely influential, innovative figure in the evolution of modern jazz, the music's only major theorist, one of its most profound composers, and a trail blazer whose ideas have transformed and inspired some of the greatest musicians of our time. Russell was born in Cincinnati in 1923, the adopted son of a registered nurse and a chef on the B&O Railroad. He began playing drums with the Boy Scout Drum and Bugle Corps and eventually received a scholarship to Wilberforce University where he joined the Collegians, whose list of alumni include Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Ben Webster, Cootie Williams, Ernie Wilkins and Frank Foster

Article: My Playlist

Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Annette Peacock, An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000) Un album incredibilmente bello di una delle figure più misteriose, sfuggenti e seducenti ai margini del jazz. 2. Bill Laswell, Baseline (Elektra Records, 1983) A volte il primo album rimane il migliore. 3. Paul Motian Trio ...

Article: Album Review

Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Read "Comes Love: Lost Session 1960" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una registrazione inedita in studio di Sheila Jordan del 1960 (che anticipa di due anni Portrait of Sheila, il debutto ufficiale Blue Note) ci dà gioia. Per valutare appieno il valore della scoperta ricordiamo che le incisioni della Jordan prima del 1975 (quando era già prossima ai cinquanta) sono rare e dei primi ...

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Article: Film Review

The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy

Read "The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


There are plenty of fictional stories about utopian societies where life is good and everybody gets along. Of course, the word utopia literally means “no place," suggesting that an actual utopia is nothing more than an illusion, but that hasn't stopped people from trying. Although there are many utopian societies that didn't work, there are a ...

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Article: Album Review

The New World Jazz Composers Octet: The Next Stage

Read "The Next Stage" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The jazz octet has long been somewhat of a “Swiss Army Knife" for composer-arrangers. Consider, for example, the great Dave Pell, Ornette Coleman, David Murray, and the J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding Octets. In the hands of great arrangers, the eight-piece format allows arrangers to leverage the flexibility and creativity of a “Messengers" frontline with the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Five New Ones from 577 Records and More!

Read "Five New Ones from 577 Records and More!" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we'll feature five brand new albums from 577 Records, and one each from Greenleaf, Tao Forms, International Anthem and ECM. We also dip in the archive for some classic tracks.Playlist Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy “Reconstructing A Dream" from Uma Elmo (ECM) 00:00 Michael Sarian & Matthew Putman “Caught ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Marcio Resende

Read "Take Five with Marcio Resende" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Marcio Resende Recognized as one of Brazil's leading woodwind players, Marcio Resende studied at two prestigious U.S. music institutions early in his career, Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory, before pursuing doctoral studies at New York University. He has studied with Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Joe Allard, Dr. William Thomas McKinley, John ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet Jerome Wilson

Read "Meet Jerome Wilson" reviewed by AAJ Staff


I currently live in: Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC with my five cats, Chloe, Panther, Donovan, Felicia, and Gabriel. I joined All About Jazz in: 2016 Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I was a reader and fan of All About Jazz and I admired the ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Parker: Be Bop Live

Read "Be Bop Live" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The name of the record label is ezz-thetics, which was also a composition by George Russell and an album of the same name (which featured Eric Dolphy) released by Riverside Records in 1961. Maybe a better moniker for the label is “Lest We Forget." Not that we could ever abandon Charlie Parker, but today when streaming ...


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