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Bill Evans in Molde, Norway, 1980

Bill Evans in Molde, Norway, 1980

On Saturday, August 9, 1980, the Bill Evans Trio was in Norway performing at the Molde Jazz Festival. The trio featured Evans on piano, Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Five weeks and two days later, Evans would be dead of a peptic ulcer, cirrhosis, bronchial pneumonia and untreated hepatitis—all conditions related to ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Ellwood: The Sounds Around The House

Read "The Sounds Around The House" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


As a professional musician hoping to have a meaningful career, hiding one's light under a bushel, may not be the best way to recognizable success. Such might be the case for tenor saxophonist Jeff Ellwood. He may have fallen into the trap evinced by the Dave Frishberg ditty “I Want To Be ...

News: Video / DVD

Video: Bill Evans in Barcelona

Video: Bill Evans in Barcelona

On November 28, 1979, two days after recording The Paris Concert live at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, Bill Evans was in jny: Barcelona with his final trio—bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera. There, the trio performed for about 45 minutes at RTVE studios in the Esplugues de Llobregat section of the city. Your eyes ...

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Article: Interview

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

Article: Book Review

The Big Love: Life & Death With Bill Evans

Read "The Big Love: Life & Death With Bill Evans" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


The Big Love: Life & Death with Bill Evans Laurie Verchomin 144 pagine ISBN: 1456563092 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2011 “I imagine a love full of pure acceptance--no judgement--no regrets--total integrity. This is the love Bill and I create for ourselves. Just being together is all it takes for ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quintet: Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Read "Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Sometimes the name of an album can be a dead giveaway. Clearly, tenors Pat La Barbera and Kirk MacDonald, the co-leaders of this admirable quintet from north of the border, are enthusiastic admirers and champions of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane. Disciples, yes, but leagues away from slavish imitators. LaBarbera and MacDonald have strong and ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley


An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

Read "New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam ...

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Article: Album Review

John Proulx: Say It

Read "Say It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This fourth date from John Proulx clearly marks a new chapter in his career. After delivering three albums on the now-defunct MAXJAZZ imprint, and after a hiatus from recording under his own name, this triple-threat vocalist-pianist-composer returns with his first independently-produced offering. The music spotlights a man who's grown more comfortable in his skin and lived ...

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News: Recording

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

A lot of great things have happened in John Proulx’s life. He recorded three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, played with some amazing musicians and toured extensively, making many friends and fans across the country. But after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away and the catalogue was sold to Mack Avenue Records, Proulx decided it was ...


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