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Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

From 1953, when it was set up, to 1964, when it was acquired by ABC, Riverside Records rivalled Blue Note and Prestige as one of the leading independent jazz labels based in New York City. The founders of all three labels were jazz fans who operated on slim margins and became producers partly because they enjoyed ...

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Mal Waldron: Free At Last

Read "Free At Last" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The sensitivity reflected in much of Mal Waldron's music was a deep aspect of his psyche. The Harlem-born pianist, who died in Brussels, Belgium, in 2002, worked downtown with saxophonist Ike Quebec at Café Society in the early 1950s and went on to record on several Charles Mingus recordings including Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic), Jazz Composers Workshop ...

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Cheik Tidiane Seck: Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston

Read "Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston" reviewed by Chris May

A well-intentioned tribute to the late pianist, composer and pioneer of Maghrebi jazz Randy Weston by the keyboard player Cheikh Tidiane Seck, Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston never really gets off the ground. Seck, whose c.v. includes spells with Mali's Super Rail Band de Bamako, Les Ambassadeurs, Salif Keita and Amadou & Mariam, and Senegal's ...

The 4 American Jazz Men in Tangier

Label: Groovin High
Released: 2017
Track listing:
CD 1:
All of You; Confirmation; Pinky; Stella by Starlight; Visa; Tour de Force; Tangier Blues.
CD 2:
Invitation; Round Midnight; These Foolish Things; Wee; Circular Breathing Blues; Piano Improvisation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Idrees Sulieman Quartet feat. Oscar Dennard: The 4 American Jazz Men in Tangier

Read "The 4 American Jazz Men in Tangier" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

La pubblicazione in doppio album di queste sedute del 1959 del quartetto di Idrees Sulieman rivestono importanza in primo luogo per ascoltare il talento assoluto del pianista Oscar Dennard. Colpevolmente dimenticato, Dennard si rivela uno strumentista di primissimo piano, una voce fuori dal coro tra i pianisti attivi negli anni 50. Un po' strangolato nell'orchestra ...

Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 – Blue Note 1510

Read "Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 – Blue Note 1510" reviewed by Marc Davis

There's bebop, there's hard bop--and then there's Thelonious Monk. It's not hard to imagine where the bebop pioneers found their new sound in the late 1940s, after World War II. It emerged from the big bands, which were dying. It was a natural progression. Hard-charging, uber-fast soloists pushed the limits of speed and rhythm, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes Vol. 2

Read "Unsung Heroes Vol. 2" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Un'aurea classicità sostanzia l'elevato livello artistico di un trombettista superbo, abile nell'assorbire e riplasmare la tradizione del proprio strumento. L'ultimo CD di Brian Lynch costituisce un affascinante excursus nel repertorio dei musicians' musicians degli anni '50 e '60, tra i quali Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, e Joe Gordon di cui Lynch propone partiture inedite. Le dieci ...

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Dwayne Burno: Tradition

Read "Dwayne Burno: Tradition" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] Dwayne Burno is one of the great bass players of his generation. Originally from jny: Philadelphia, Burno has been on the New York and international jazz scene since 1990. He has played with so many of the great legends of jazz: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

Read "Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trumpeter extraordinaire Brian Lynch is always willing, quite rightly, to acknowledge the masters who have gone before him. Some of the finest jazz trumpeters never made it big, while others no longer sit as securely in the minds of jazz fans as they once did. Nevertheless, they are all part, as Lynch writes, of “the jazz ...


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