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Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers and Maceo Parker are two of my favorite jazz-soul and jazz-funk artists. Both recently released new albums. And both musicians started out as jazz players but invented new R&B forms during their careers—Ayers as a neo-soul vibraphonist and Parker as a bump-and-funk alto saxophonist. Their new albums are moody, funky and chill. Ayers is ...

Jazz Is Phsh: He Never Spoke A Word

Read "Jazz Is Phsh: He Never Spoke A Word" reviewed by Doug Collette

Phish prefer not to be compared to the Grateful Dead in any respect, which is understandable up to a point, yet it's fair to say each band's respective legacy has its own momentum including twists and turns of evolution that inevitably result in parallels and intersections illuminating the process(es). So it is that Jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Kung Fu to Perform at Blue Note Jazz Fest June 15

Kung Fu to Perform at Blue Note Jazz Fest June 15

Kung Fu is back in NYC for the first time since their 4-week Brooklyn Bowl residency, playing a Blue Note Jazz Fest “Late Night Groove Series” show on Friday, June 15th. At a time where EDM is dominating the live music audience, Kung Fu is turning heads across a wide demographic with their sound that incorporates ...

Great Sky River

Label: Zebra Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: China Cat Sunflower; Estimated Prophet; St. Stephen/The Eleven; Drums & Jam; Blues For Allah; Terrapin Station/Dark Star; Terrapin 2; Morning Dew.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz Is Dead: Great Sky River

Read "Great Sky River" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

One of America's hottest jam bands continues to mine the bottomless repertoire of the Grateful Dead. On their third album, Jazz Is Dead breathes new life into classics that Deadheads haven't ever gotten enough of. The intuition between guitarist Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends), bassist Alphonso Johnson (Miles Davis, ...

Laughing Water

Label: Zebra Records
Released: 2000

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz is Dead: Laughing Water

Read "Laughing Water" reviewed by Dave Hughes

On their sophomore release, Laughing Water, Jazz is Dead continues their mission of presenting the catalog of the Grateful Dead in sort of a country-rock context, with occasional classical, gospel, and jazz flavoring. It's unpretentious, infectious jamming by musicians with virtuoso chops to burn. The exuberant “Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (not a vocal) alternates ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz is Dead: Laughing Water

Read "Laughing Water" reviewed by Dave Hughes

On their sophomore release, Jazz is Dead continues their mission of presenting the catalog of the Grateful Dead in sort of a country-rock context, with occasional classical, gospel, and jazz flavoring.  It's unpretentious, infectious jamming by musicians with virtuoso chops to burn.  The exhuberant "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (not a vocal) alternates hard-driving edgy ...


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