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Herlin Riley

Since coming of age in the nurturing environment of a very musical family and a distinguished bloodline of drummers, New Orleans native Herlin Riley emerged from that most creative era of all things rhythmic in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to enliven the ensembles of such influential and demanding improvisers as pianist Ahmad Jamal and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis through his commanding yet elegant rhythmic presence. His authoritative style of melodic percussion is deeply imbued in the fertile creative soil of the Crescent City, encompassing as it does the entire length and breadth of America’s ongoing musical journey. Now with the release of his debut recording for Mack Avenue Records, Riley’s New Direction is an engaging, wide-ranging recital that distills a lifetime of experience into a swinging body of new music that defines what a big tent the music of New Orleans has always represented stylistically and spiritually. “You see,” Riley explains, “New Direction reflects a personal transition from being a musical associate with the likes of Ahmad and Wynton, to functioning in a leadership capacity, both as a bandleader and a composer

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Listeners’ Favorites

Read "Listeners’ Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week (drum roll....), it's listeners' favorites from shows 431 to 440. From classic jazz to today's music, our listeners have discerning and eclectic taste—never forgetting the blues and funk. Enjoy the show! Playlist Don Braden, Karl Latham “Grover Miles" from Big Funk Live (Creative Perspective) 00:00 Grant Green “Let The Music Take ...

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Into the ‘Now’s The Time’ Warp & Much More

Read "Into the ‘Now’s The Time’ Warp & Much More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Oh, what a show for you! We start with twenty-first century New-Orleans-centric sounds from Charlie Dennard on the B-3, Billy Martin's Wicked Knee, Binker Golding, and a sexy song from Herlin Riley. We celebrate the life of Sonny Rollins with tracks from his Jazz Contrasts sideman gig with Kenny Dorham. And then there are two really ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2019

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2019" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2019. The number to the right of the date published represents the article's read count as of December 30th. In The Key Of The Universe Joey DeFrancesco by ...

Perpetual Optimism

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Rush Hour; Be There When I Get There; Borders Without Lines; You Don’t Know What Love Is; Perpetual Optimism; Touched; Wings and Roots; Wang Dang Doodle; Stella By Starlight; Twelve’s It.

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Listeners' Recent Faves

Read "Listeners' Recent Faves" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks ...

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Jazz In Marciac 2019

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Jazz In Marciac Marciac, France July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019 How does a remote village in South West France end up hosting an international jazz festival for 42 years? The logistics come later, but the answers to most questions about Jazz in Marciac lie in the superb quality ...

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Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More

Read "Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A light schedule of Blue Note 50th anniversaries this month: Hank Mobley's The Flip. But we missed a Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra recording (originally on Solid State but reissued on Blue Note) last month due to an error in our working discography. So, we feature album that as well. To celebrate Blue Note's 80th anniversary, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism

Read "Perpetual Optimism" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Herlin Riley, a drummer from New Orleans, is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. Indeed, he played a large part in developing the drum parts for the Pulitzer Prize-winning album by Marsalis, Blood on the Fields (Columbia, 1997). On his own album, Riley leads a mainstream quintet ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...


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