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Article: Radio

Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and ...

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Article: Radio

Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr

Read "Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cheryl Bentyne Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim Artist Share Records 2017 Sometimes, a gathering of our better angels happens, resulting in an exceptional event. In the present case, these better angels are: post-bop jazz, jazz arrangement, Stephen Sondheim and the irrepressible Cheryl Bentyne. All of these elements are ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Michael Bailey’s Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Shifting priorities in 2016 prevented me from either listening to or reviewing as much music as I have in the past. Thus, I did not take a swing at many fine recordings that by all accounts should be on this list like: John Scofield's Country for Old Men (Impulse!); Keith Jarrett's A Multitude of Angels (ECM); ...

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Article: Album Review

Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi: Strength & Power

Read "Strength & Power" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Octogenarian Roswell Rudd just released a frighteningly traditional recording with vocalist Heather Masse on the brilliant August Love Song (Red House, 2016). But that is not what he is most known for. Rudd has been a jazz freedom fighter who made his bones in the 1960s, when Rudd collaborated with free jazz functionaries: New York Art ...

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Article: Album Review

Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse: August Love Song

Read "August Love Song" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


I am reading a book entitled When Breathe Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. The book details the most fundamental things of life, those things as close to us as skin. He derives his title from the 17th Century sonnet series by Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, an Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and statesman who sat in ...

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Article: Year in Review

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2013

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Always a tricky thing is the selection of “best of" lists for the year. I don't get to hear everything that comes out, so a lot of fine music is missed. Also, the selection itself is subject to whims. An album may hit you right from the get-go. Another might take time to grow on you, ...

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Article: Year in Review

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2013

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2013" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The annual rite of writing a “best of" list at All About Jazz is a most pleasurable and difficult task; pleasurable for the reflections on great art that come along with the task and difficult because of the need to make hard choices. I've been inspired by dozens of new jazz recordings this year, but I've ...

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News: Recording

Brian Adler's Helium Project - "Phase 1"

Brian Adler's Helium Project - "Phase 1"

By Richard B. Kamins For a fairly young man, drummer-composer Brian Adler has had a busy life. He's studied with such modern “masters" as Billy Hart, John Hollenbeck, Billy Higgins, Bob Moses, Joe Morris and Cecil McBee as well as sharing the stage with Pablo Aslan, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Helias, Erik Lawrence, ...


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