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British Jazz

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Stan TraceySenior MomentReSteamed2009 Stan TraceyThe Later WorksReSteamed2010 Various ArtistsThe Flamingo Connection: Great British Modern JazzEmber-Future Noise2009 The United Kingdom's recent political crisis ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Dick Hyman: Century of Jazz Piano

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Dick Hyman Century of Jazz Piano Arbors Records 2010 This intimidating, six-disc set (five CDs and a DVD) succeeds on two key levels. Rarely do we find a release that is equally effective in terms of its value as both an educational tool and a source of entertainment. ...


Article: Album Review

Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time

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As one of the most highly influential jazz musicians on earth, pianist Ahmad Jamal enhances that sparkling reputation with his outstanding new studio effort A Quiet Time. The disc features two of the strong supporting players from his previous release, It's Magic (Dreyfus, 2008): James Cammack (bass) and Manolo Badrena (percussion), with Kenny Washington replacing Idris ...


Article: Album Review

Kenny Burrell: Prime: Live at the Downtown Room

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Guitarist Kenny Burrell remains one of the few living jazz giants to emerge from the hard bop movement of the mid-1950s. Set to turn 79 this summer [2010], Burrell still occasionally performs, when he isn't too busy with his position as Head of Jazz Studies at UCLA, including a week at Yoshi's that was culled into ...


Article: Album Review

Modern Jazz Quartet: 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

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For nearly half a century, the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) endured as one of the most well-renowned ensembles in jazz. The original MJQ came together in 1946 as the rhythm section in Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra: Milt Jackson on vibes and John Lewis on piano, as well as bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. Brown and ...


Article: Film Review

Count Basie: Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968

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Count Basie Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968 Impro Jazz 2009 Every jazz fan, while listening to an album by one of their favorite legends of the genre, occasionally closes their eyes to imagine what it might have been like actually to be there for the recording itself. ...


Article: Album Review

Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited LIVE!!! (feat. Candido)

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Led by percussionist Bobby Sanabria, the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra delivers a worthy tribute to one of the greatest AfroCuban jazz recordings ever made: Machito's Kenya. Recorded in 1957, Kenya exists for many as one of the essential albums of its kind. It's absolutely appropriate that, more than half a ...


Article: Profile

John Medeski: Mad Science

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The sight of John Medeski performing on stage--his brow furrowed by intense concentration--can be intimidating. Armed with an arsenal of instruments both traditional and unconventional, he concocts sonic combinations most listeners would never have otherwise conceived. It's obvious that he's there to work--not play. Like a mad scientist who's been stuck in his lab for months, ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Oscar Peterson: The Quintessence & Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle

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Oscar PetersonThe QuintessenceFremeaux2009 Oscar Peterson and Nelson RiddleOscar Peterson/Nelson RiddleRecord Label #2Year This month marks the two-year anniversary of Oscar Peterson's passing. The jazz legend continued to perform live until ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Cellar Live: Cory Weeds & Ross Taggart

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For Canadians, it sure is a good time to be a jazz fan. Much of the reason can be attributed to Cory Weeds; he owns a popular Vancouver venue called the Jazz Cellar, runs record label Cellar Live and—on his “down time"—plays the tenor sax in his own ensemble.On Everything's Coming Up Weeds, the ...


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