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Article: Book Review

The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond W. Royal Stokes 560 Pages ISBN: # 979-8611405475 Hannah Books 2020 Musician-actor Martin Mull once expressed that, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That is certainly good for a laugh, but there is a lot of music out ...

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Article: Interview

Javier Girotto: Armonia a tempo di Tango

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Javier Girotto rappresenta il prototipo di artista nomade, portavoce di un messaggio artistico personale ma, allo stesso tempo, universale. Dopo le prime esperienze musicali a Cordoba, sua città natale, e poi nelle strade di Buenos Aires, il sassofonista argentino si trasferisce prima negli Stati Uniti, per studiare al Berklee College of Music, e poi in Italia, ...

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Article: Interview

Chuck Granata: On Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Mandel

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Chuck Granata is a record and radio producer, author, music historian and archivist. He has written four books on music and sound recording: Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording (Chicago Review Press, A Capella Books, 1999), Wouldn't it be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (Chicago ...

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Article: Interview

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

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It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...

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Article: Interview

Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

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Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...

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Article: Interview

Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time

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For someone whose livelihood and lifeblood are all about rhythms, the COVID-19 lockdown, with its very different rhythms, must be extremely frustrating. Especially when, as is the case with Matthew Jacobson, renowned drummer, composer, promotor and record label manager, there is no drum kit in his Dublin apartment. “I've been doing more work on ...

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Article: Interview

Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

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This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...

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Article: Interview

Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental

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Whatever other delights come along during 2020 in the way of great jazz albums, it is a near certainty that among the joint number ones will be To The Earth (Edition) by Dinosaur. Formed as the Laura Jurd Quartet in 2010 by students at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and still led by ...

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Article: Interview

Drummer George Schuller Talks about Lee Konitz

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George Schuller performed as percussionist with the recently deceased saxophonist Lee Konitz on and off since 1992. I covered one of their last jny: Boston concerts here. George has lived in Brooklyn since 1992 but is well-known in Boston. His father, Gunther Schuller, was a composer and musician of note and served as President of the ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Barbara Reed: Mystery and Music

Read "Barbara Reed: Mystery and Music" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Pianist, composer and author, jny: Los Angeles-based Barbara Reed is not only a triple artistic threat, but, she has combined all of those abundant skills in a way that is literally novel. Originally from suburban jny: Chicago and having studied at Berklee, Reed has developed a long, celebrated performing career in L.A. Her debut ...


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