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The past decades have been good to Jerry Granelli. Jazz Times magazine calls Granelli “one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who's done it all.” A Canadian citizen since 1999, Granelli burns with an intensity fuelled by a passion for “the pursuit of the spirit of spontaneity which drives the player.” A veteran of the West Coast jazz scene, Granelli's recent flourish of recordings has documented remarkable collaborations between the generations. Jerry Granelli's story is one that follows the evolution of the West Coast jazz scene. Born in 1940 in San Francisco, the boy recognized his passion in 1948 when he spent a day with Gene Krupa


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day Black Friday 2022 - Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day Black Friday 2022 - Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Black Friday is a term that has different meanings depending on the context. For some music lovers, it might bring up the Steely Dan song from the 1975 album Katy Lied (ABC). For other music lovers, however, Black Friday is significant because it means there is another Record Store Day event. Originally established to ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Red Microphone, Nicolas Politzer, Trevor Dunn & Surya Botofasina

Read "The Red Microphone, Nicolas Politzer, Trevor Dunn & Surya Botofasina" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz has bookends of much contrast, from the opening set of music featuring trumpeter Jaimie Branch to the closing pair of tunes locked in the transcendental mode of Alice Coltrane from one of her disciples, Surya Botofasina. In between, there's some great stuff highlighted by new releases from the poetry and ...


Article: Interview

Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song

Read "Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It can be hard to find new things to say in old songs, but after many years of singing the standards, some singers are still able to discover the secret of a song. Cheryl Richards is a shining example of a singer who has been able to prove the relevance of the standards for a modern ...


A Charlie Brown Christmas

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: O Tannenbaum; What Child Is This; My Little Drum; Linus & Lucy; Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental). Side B: Christmas Time Is Here (vocal); Skating; Hark, The Herald Angels Sing; Christmas Is Coming; Für Elise; The Christmas Song; Greensleeves.


Article: Multiple Reviews

Vince Guaraldi’s Classic Peanuts Soundtrack Music Reissued on LP

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Classic Peanuts Soundtrack Music Reissued on LP" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When television producer Lee Mendelson heard jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi's hit single “Cast Your Fate to the Wind" on his car radio, he thought he had found the right composer for the soundtrack to the documentary on Charles Schultz's cartoon series Peanuts that he was working on. Guaraldi indeed turned out to be the perfect man ...


News: Recording

Collectible Silver Foil Edition Of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Coming To Vinyl This Holiday Season

Collectible Silver Foil Edition Of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Coming To Vinyl This Holiday Season

Ahead of the 2021 holiday season, Craft Recordings is pleased to announce a special vinyl edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas—Vince Guaraldi Trio’s enduring soundtrack to the 1965 PEANUTS animated special. This collectible release reimagines the album’s classic jacket, wrapping it in an elegant silver foil. The embossed PEANUTS characters on the cover, meanwhile, have never ...

Article: Album Review

Jay Clayton, Jerry Granelli: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'età avanzata non aveva spento in Jay Clayton e Jerry Granelli (purtroppo deceduto di recente) la voglia di riprendere la lunga collaborazione in performance liberamente improvvisate. Il sodalizio tra la cantante e il batterista risale alla fine degli anni settanta, quando Collin Walcott suggerì a Granelli d'invitare la Clayton al workshop musicale che tenevano al Naropa ...

Article: Album Review

Jay Clayton, Fritz Pauer, Ed Neumeister: 3 for the Road

Read "3 for the Road" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Registrato vent'anni fa, quest'album ricorda il pianista austriaco Fritz Pauer—deceduto nel 2012—in una delle sue rare incisioni da leader/co-leader. All'inizio del nuovo millennio lui e la cantante Jay Clayton insegnavano all'Università di Graz e iniziarono a eseguire delle performance liberamente improvvisate. In uno dei loro concerti invitarono il trombonista Ed Neumeister e la relazione si stabilizzò, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

David León, Sean Conly, Thomas Heberer & more Jerry Granelli

Read "David León, Sean Conly, Thomas Heberer & more Jerry Granelli" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Aire De Agua from saxophonist David León is a very impressive recording. It's one of the highlights of this episode. Bassist Sean Conly keeps his string of fine recordings going with his latest, The Buzz, and you'll hear samples from other new releases from two Argentinians, drummer Axel Filip and saxophonist Rodrigo Dominguez, trumpeter Thomas Heberer, ...


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