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Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary. Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger. The first formal recognition came in 1997, when Jim won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger

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Article: Album Review

Julian Lage: Squint

Read "Squint" reviewed by Chris May


Before discussing guitarist Julian Lage's album, some food for thought... A credible argument could be put forward to say that the jazz piano trio reached its pinnacle of perfection with Bill Evans' Village Vanguard performances of June 1961, with the trio of bassist Scott La Faro and drummer Paul Motian, and that trios led by guitars, ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro: Turn Out The Stars—The Music Of Bill Evans

Read "Turn Out The Stars—The Music Of Bill Evans" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Much has been written about pianist Bill Evans and the influence he had on the development of new piano voices following his emergence in the 1950s. Evans infused his style with eloquent lyricism, coupled with harmonic transpositions and modal improvisations, all of which lead to an easily recognizable sound. It should be no surprise that his ...

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Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana

Read "Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Se Nanni Moretti fosse nato nel 1973 invece che nel 1953, la famosa scena di Caro Diario che lo vede in sella ad un vespone per le strade vuote di una languida Roma ferragostana avrebbe avuto come colonna sonora la musica di Bill Frisell piuttosto che quella di Keith Jarrett. Perchè ogni epoca viene definita da ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis and of course, that includes musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck) for your listening pleasure. Most of the music is very personal, as if the ...

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Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red

Read "Impressions in Blue and Red" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Con questo splendido doppio album, Alex Goodman esce dal limbo dei talentosi chitarristi emergenti per entrare a pieno titolo tra i solisti e compositori più interessanti del jazz contemporaneo. Era proprio ora. All'età di 34 anni, con sette dischi da leader e prestigiosi premi internazionali (tra cui la vittoria al Montreux International Jazz Guitar del 2014), ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus

Read "Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus" reviewed by Chris May


For many people, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter's reputation begins and ends with Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1962). The album is, indeed, a masterpiece. But it is only one of the pinnacles of Sauter's career, which started during the swing era. Nor is Focus Sauter's only collaboration with Getz. The partnership continued with the less widely ...

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Take Five with Dennis Winge

Read "Take Five with Dennis Winge" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Dennis WingeDennis is a professional guitarist living in Ithaca, NY and performs in a variety of musical settings throughout the Finger Lakes including his jazz ensemble, The Way (rock cover band), Matrix flute & guitar duo, Dupree (Steely Dan cover band), solo work and more. Having started to learn guitar at age seven, ...

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Article: Interview

Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi

Read "Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La pubblicazione dell'ultimo album di Tino Tracanna, Distilled, che è anche il debutto discografico del nuovo trio, ci ha dato l'occasione per parlare con uno dei protagonisti del jazz in Italia. Alla presentazione del nuovo lavoro segue un'ampia discussione sugli elementi costitutivi della sua musica, sugli artisti a lui più cari, sulla didattica nei ...


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