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Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

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From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married ...

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Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

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One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

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Chick Corea: In The Present Tense

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What can you say about music icon Chick Corea that hasn't already been said? His past, his career has been honored, dissected, and revered. As it should be. A composer and pianist of unparalleled skills and accomplishments, Corea's place in music history continues to plateau. In conversation with Corea, we centered mostly on what hasn't been ...

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Uffe Steen: Retroscope

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Every once in a while it happens. You never know when. You never who its going to be. Listening to a lot of music increases the odds. Still, one can go a stretch before experiencing that “moment." Hats off to Danish guitarist Uffe Steen for providing such a treat for the ear and for the human ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Sittin' In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s

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Sittin' In Jeff Gold 256 Pages ISBN: # 978-0-06-291470-5 Harper Design 2020 Every picture tells a story. After mining for gold in the form of photographic riches, author Jeff Gold knew he had a rare and precious find. Previously undiscovered vintage photographs from jazz clubs of the 1940's and ...

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Cyrus Nabipoor: Live At The Marigny Opera House

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Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor and his quintet dive headfirst into the deep end of musical conversation in this live performance, with “What Is This." The exchanges between Nabipoor and tenor saxophonist Brad Walker are crisp, spoken with emphasis and assurance. Balancing guitar strains from George Wilde reset the clock, leading to a more inclusive conversation with the ...

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Andrea Balestra: Trinity

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Coming in waves of different sizes, strengths, and motions, “Shape of the Oceans" pulsates with Andrea Balestra's guitar riffs buoyantly cast out to sea. The Balestra composition is anchored by drummer Phillip Major Willis, who surges through the tide. Changing course with “Reckless Abandonment," an upward boogie leads the rhythm section to lay it wide open ...

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Luba Mason: Triangle

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The rather smarmy “Bach, Stevie Wonder, and Janette Monae" opens this live performance. While disconcerting, the tide shifts dramatically with The Beatles' John Lennon-Paul McCartney classic “Ticket to Ride." It is reimagined in a sultry and just short of brilliant manner. Luba Mason's vocal phrasing brings an entire new essence to this tune. Bassist James Genus ...

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Michael Feinberg: From Where We Came

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At the dinner table or in the studio, there are many subtle methods to interject a staunch conversation starter. Or you can always burst into the room with your hair on fire. Veteran soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, he of many rich and complex lines past, here opted for the latter approach. After bassist and leader Michael ...

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Jazzagenturen: The Stockholm Corona Sessions Volume Two

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The Swedish jazz collective Jazzagenturen, founded by Pontus de Wolfe, reached deep into their collective souls and stood up to the downsides of the Covid-19 coronavirus early on. This large ensemble entered a studio on April 2nd. Twelve hours later they emerged having recorded fifty songs. The Stockholm Corona Sessions (Bra Skivor, 2020) are being released ...


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