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When Horace Silver once wrote out his rules for musical composition (in the liner notes to the 1968 record, Serenade to a Soul Sister), he expounded on the importance of "meaningful simplicity." The pianist could have just as easily been describing his own life. For more than fifty years, Silver has simply written some of the most enduring tunes in jazz while performing them in a distinctively personal style. It's all been straight forward enough, while decades of incredible experiences have provided the meaning. Silver was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on September 2, 1928. His father had immigrated to the United States from Cape Verde—-and that island nation's Portuguese influences would play a big part in Silver's own music later on


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Two Tenors South Africa Style

Read "Two Tenors South Africa Style" reviewed by Chris May

The latest batch of albums from Canada's We Are Busy Bodies label, which specialises in vinyl reissues of South African jazz, spotlights saxophonists Winston Mankunku Ngozi and Mike Makhalemele, separately and together, on three discs originally released in 1975 and 1976. Ngozi and Makhalemele both opted to remain in South Africa during the apartheid era, thus ...


Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds: Home Cookin'

Read "Home Cookin'" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Cory Weeds, a prominent figure in the contemporary jazz scene, has made a remarkable statement with his Little Big Band's latest album Home Cookin'. The session showcases a vibrant collection of compositions/arrangements carefully curated to resonate with his personal journey, including those by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Oliver Nelson, which are essential to him for ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Angelica Sanchez Nonet, Terry Gibbs/Terry Pollard, David Murray

Read "Angelica Sanchez Nonet, Terry Gibbs/Terry Pollard, David Murray" reviewed by David Brown

This week we work our way through recent record store finds and some new releases. Our featured album is Nighttime Creatures by the Angelica Sanchez Nonet. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from ...


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Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer

Read "Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jakob Dreyer Jakob Dreyer is a New York City based jazz musician, bassist, and composer. Born and raised in Germany he moved to New York in 2014. He appears on over 30 albums as a sideman, and as a leader he has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent: Songs, Hymns & Ballads Vol. ...


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Robert Edwards: Up Swing

Read "Up Swing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist, educator and bandleader Robert Edwards is a fixture of New York City jazz scene, performing in many of the jazz venues in the city and, as of this writing, becoming the newest member of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Edwards fronts a marvelous quintet that has been performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club for ...


Article: Album Review

Doug Richards Orchestra: Through a Sonic Prism

Read "Through a Sonic Prism" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If the title of the Doug Richards Orchestra's new album, Through a Sonic Prism, seems a bit esoteric, its subtitle--"The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim"--should help set the mind at ease. This is undeniably beautiful music, handsomely arranged by Richards and flawlessly performed by his eighteen-member Virginia-based ensemble and vocalist Laura Ann Singh, whose seductive voice ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carla Bley, Stanley Clarke & Bobby Falk

Read "Carla Bley, Stanley Clarke & Bobby Falk" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We start the 827th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from drummer Bobby Falk's Mentors album. From there, we hear from his hero and mentor Jamey Aebersold, who influenced legions of up and coming jazz musicians through his instructional books. Early on in the show, we pay homage to the life and lore of the late, ...


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Why Can't We Live Together?

Read "Why Can't We Live Together?" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We explore the music and bands we love not only for a source of sonic delight, but also as a metaphor of how ideal societies can work, in harmony and respect, regardless of place of origin and without boundaries, to create something higher than themselves. So this week we focus on music that may provide either ...


Article: Album Review

Miki Yamanaka: Shades of Rainbow

Read "Shades of Rainbow" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Miki Yamanaka's working trio (Tyrone Allen, bass; Jimmy Macbride, drums) is very good. Add tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, as she does on Shades of Rainbow, and the results are even better. Besides playing nimble and expressive piano, Japanese-born, New York-based Yamanaka composed and arranged every song on Rainbow, her fifth album as leader.


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