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Article: Album Review

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Read "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The hard bop, Philadelphia pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali had a short, troubled life. On what was believed his only recording, The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic, 1965), the drummer placed Ali's full image front and center, his name in a larger font on the LP cover. Within the Philadelphia jazz community, he was ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Ten Tiptop Albums Which Include Thelonious Monk & Denzil Best’s Totally Rocking “Bemsha Swing”

Read "Ten Tiptop Albums Which Include Thelonious Monk & Denzil Best’s Totally Rocking “Bemsha Swing”" reviewed by Chris May


That was the opinion expressed in Inside Jazz by its author, Leonard Feather, who, on the front cover of the book's first edition in 1949 was described as “America's No.1 Authority On Be-Bop." Well, at least Feather was half right about the attractive tunes. In fact, Monk is known to have written at least eighty of ...

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Article: Radio

Big Ten Inch Record

Read "Big Ten Inch Record" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


As the great Sigmund Freud said, sometimes an EP is just an EP. In this case, actually, it's six EP's, as the boys look at that chimera of the early LP era, the ten-inch long-playing record, focusing on releases from the early to mid-nineteen fifties on Blue Note and Fantasy, along with a Resonance Records' Record ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 | Part 2 Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

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Article: Album Review

Rufus Reid: Terrestrial Dance

Read "Terrestrial Dance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Rufus Reid is one of a handful of true renaissance figures in the arts. The bassist and composer has been an active presence in the jazz world since the 1970s and has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader and in groups with Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Quartet, ...

Article: Album Review

Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In questo terzo disco da leader Nick Finzer conferma l'organico e i partner presenti nei primi due: Exposition (Outside in Music, 2013) e The Chase (Origin Records, 2015). Non ancora trentenne, il trombonista di Rochester (N.Y.) s'è imposto tra i migliori strumentisti della sua generazione per la tecnica brillante, la bellezza del timbro e il rispetto ...

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News: Recording

Tedeschi Trucks Band Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Release Of Live Double-Disc Album "Everybody's Talkin"

Tedeschi Trucks Band Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Release Of Live Double-Disc Album "Everybody's Talkin"

Everybody’s Talkin’ — released on May 22 — is the title of the uplifting, energy-packed sophomore recording by Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi that recently marked their first anniversary with a Grammy win for their debut album Revelator. TTB (as their fans know them) shows off ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Trombonist Vincent Gardner at the Hilton Harrisburg & Towers on February 22

Trombonist Vincent Gardner at the Hilton Harrisburg & Towers on February 22

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) continues our 29th year of monthly concerts by presenting the Vincent Gardner Quintet in performance on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 5:00 at the Hilton Harrisburg & Towers, Second Floor Ballroom, One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA. The Central Dauphin East Jazz Band led by Keith Richardson opens for ...

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Article: Album Review

J. J. Johnson: Pinnacles

Read "Pinnacles" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the start of a decade, this tried to blend old faces with a new sound. The electric piano starts up; the sound flits from speaker to speaker in annoying fashion. The rhythm gets behind, Billy Higgins getting a firm hand on things. And then J.J. enters: dark and rich and full of confidence. He stutters ...


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