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Herbie Mann

The world according to flutist and composer Herbie Mann was a utopian musical paradise where jazz is made up of of Afro-Cuban, Middle-Eastern, R&B, and nearly every other kind of music. In the 1960s, he discovered Brazil's bossa-nova; in the 1970s, he even found disco rhythms in jazz. Unlike most of his contemporaries in jazz, when Mann began playing flute in 1940s he had no forefathers to learn from, no pioneers of jazz flute to idolize. He was forced to look elsewhere—both inside and outside of jazz—to develop his approach to jazz and the flute. Among numerous musical influences, Mann was particularly drawn to rhythms and melodies from South America and the Caribbean. Herbie Mann was born Herbert Jay Solomon in Brooklyn, New York, on April 16, 1930

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Big April Birthdays & More

Read "Big April Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

April birthdays this week on G&M with the Carmen McRae centennial, along with the 90th birthdays of Herbie Mann, pianist Frank Strazzeri (who toured in the 1970's with Elvis!), Claude Bolling and Richard Davis (the latter 2 still with us); as well as the 80th birthdays of George Adams and the very much alive Herbie Hancock! ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)

Read "Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Chick Corea began recording as a sideman for artists like Mongo Santamaria, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Cal Tjader in 1962. In 1966, he started his career as a leader, while still touring with Stan Getz. Like many others, his studio work and touring with Miles Davis from 1968--1970 raised his profile, leading him to a ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker

Read "Craft Recording's "Chet" is a Rare Win for Baker" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

"There's a little white cat out here who's going to eat you up." —Charlie Parker (to Miles Davis) Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Two trumpet players born three years apart. Both unusually handsome and slight of build. Both lacking, as trumpeters, the qualities most often associated with those brass alphas of the jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chet Baker: Chet

Read "Chet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early 1950s, the rural Oklahoman Chet Baker established prominent connections in the jazz world; gigs with Charlie Parker and Stan Getz led to his first recordings. The trappings of both musicians' circles were dusted with heroin and Baker's career breaks coincided with his introduction to the disease that would stifle his musical development and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Alexander Zonjic & Friends At Middle C Jazz

Read "Alexander Zonjic & Friends At Middle C Jazz" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Alexander Zonjic & Friends Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC December 21, 2019 Flutist Alexander Zonjic was born in Canada, but has made his home in jny: Detroit for many years. As he was tuning his guitar onstage he chatted with audience members from Windsor (there were several), and from Detroit (lots ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kerry Politzer: Diagonal

Read "Diagonal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Portland, Oregon-based pianist Kerry Politzer has a thing for bossa nova. Her immersion into sounds from Brazil comes into full blossom with her sixth album, Diagonal. Brazil's bossa nova sound came to world wide attention initially via the music from saxophonist Stan Getz on Jazz Samba (Verve, 1962), followed by early 1960s recordings from ...

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What's the Concept?

Read "What's the Concept?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Can jazz have “concept albums?" Probably not, but some records do work harder at sustaining a mood--or a sense of narrative--than others. The boys look at five test cases--one brand new, two from that prime year 1969, and two from the transition from the eighties to the nineties. Madge gets a look in during pop matters, ...

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Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day! 50 years later we celebrate the ...

Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers

Read "Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Train to Nowhere “Train to Nowhere" by Dave Dupree was the aptly named single released by Challenge Records on January 15, 1958. Newly founded by Gene Autrey, “The Singing Cowboy" of Hollywood fame, the jny: Los Angeles based label was looking to land its first hit record. The single itself was on the road to “nowhere" ...


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