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The oldest of the three Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and Elvin), Henry "Hank" Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, where he studied piano at an early age and came under the influence of Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. By the age of 13 Jones was performing locally in Michigan and Ohio. While playing with territory bands in Grand Rapids and Lansing he met Lucky Thompson, who invited him to New York City in 1944 to work at the Onyx Club with Hot Lips Page. In New York, Jones regularly listened to leading bop musicians, and was inspired to master the new style

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Article: Interview

Shai Maestro: Human, All Too Human

Read "Shai Maestro: Human, All Too Human" reviewed by Scott Krane


ECM recording artist and erstwhile pianist for bassist, Avishai Cohen, Shai Maestro is both a firebrand and a lightning rod. Human, his sixth record as leader and second for ECM, features Jorge Roeder on bass, Ofri Nehemya on drums, and, making his debut in Maestro's combo, Philip Dizack on trumpet. Creamy and richly layered, Human flirts ...

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Article: Album Review

Ray Gallon: Make Your Move

Read "Make Your Move" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Although pianist Ray Gallon has been part of the jazz scene for many years, both as a player (with Ron Carter, Art Farmer, Grady Tate) and educator (City College Of New York), Make Your Move is his first release as a leader. Supported by a rhythm section of bassist David Wong and the impeccable drummer Kenny ...

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Article: Album Review

Martin Wind, Philip Catherine, Ack Van Rooyen: White Noise

Read "White Noise" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Il silenzio è diventato sempre più un lusso—dice Martin Wind—con White Noise ho voluto creare un polo acustico opposto. Una sorta di oasi sonora in cui il pubblico può rilassarsi e godere la musica fino alla sua massima espressione». Per ottenere questo il contrabbassista tedesco—a New York da 25 anni—ha voluto accanto a ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Album Review

@-Quartet: ¡En Seguida!

Read "¡En Seguida!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On ¡En Seguida!, its third album as a unit, French guitarist Didier Verna's astutely-named @-Quartet is lyrically clever and charming, rhythmically sharp and strong, and never banal or boring. One reason for this is the many bright and pleasing sounds Verna coaxes from his guitars (regular and fretless), guitar synth and sitar; a second is his ...

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Article: Album Review

"Grandpa" Al Lewis: Sings Swing Street Favorites

Read "Sings Swing Street Favorites" reviewed by Ken Dryden


"Grandpa" Al Lewis is best remembered for his sitcom roles in Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, though the vaudeville veteran had a number of different careers in addition to television and comedy. He earned a doctorate in child psychology, wrote children's books, taught school and was a circus performer as well.But ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Ghosts In The Machine, Part 4: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music

Read "Ghosts In The Machine, Part 4: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Part 4: Jazz in the Trenches In my previous articles, I detailed the enormous influence that jazz musicians have had on popular music since the 1960s. This may, early on, have been a matter of survival; as the popularity of ...

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Article: Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


That pianist Shai Maestro dreams music is an understatement: With an intense romanticist's heart, he also plays in said dream state. And it is re-affirming to know that, after the hellish year the world has been dragged kicking through, that we can all dream too. Human dreams broadly with sunrises, sunsets and all the ...

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Article: Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Chris May


After paying his dues with Avishai Cohen, with whose Trio he recorded four well received albums, pianist Shai Maestro cut loose on his own, debuting with Shai Maestro Trio (Laborie) in 2013. Human is Maestro's sixth own-name album and his second on ECM, followingThe Dream Thief in 2018. The new disc is elegant, expansive, emotionally charged ...


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