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Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

Read "Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows" reviewed by Jim Gerard

On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite

Read "The Shirley Horn Suite" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Ezra Weiss' love of Shirley Horn's music began in his youth, coming to fruition on lovingly crafted The Shirley Horn Suite, his tribute to the singer and pianist who died in 2005. A mix of originals and standards, his fifth album as leader is a sophisticated work, with some fresh compositions and terrific performances.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Wynton Marsalis

Read "Take Five with Wynton Marsalis" reviewed by Mark Scoop Malinowski

Status: Nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz performer. DOB: October 18, 1961 In: New Orleans, LA Hobbies/Interests: “Play basketball. I like to read. I like to play chess." Favorite Movies: “[Pause]...see, it's so many. Let me see if I can...any Hitchcock. Elie Kazan's. John Ford. [Pause]...favorite movies...there's so many good ones...I can't ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Robert Levin: The War is Over - A Conversation About Jazz

Read "Robert Levin: The War is Over - A Conversation About Jazz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

[Editor's Note: Interview conducted by Eleanor Brietel, New York Editor of The Drill Press. Most of this interview, originally published on the Buzzle website, was conducted via email.] Eleanor Brietel: You've published fiction and you also write essays on a variety of subjects. I want, however, to confine this discussion to your ...


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