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The Modern Jazz Quartet managed that rarest feat of all: to make great art that pleased the serious listener as well as it did the general public. The M.J.Q., as they were known, featured vibraphone, bass, drums, and piano, and yet had the breadth of an orchestra and the intimacy of the most delicate chamber ensemble. Even when they played music written by others, it sounded as though it had been written for them, but they played mostly original compositions by musical director John Lewis, about whom too much can never be said. His was one of those quintessentially American lives a tale of someone who truly invented a life based on a love of music. John Lewis is certainly a unique figure in American music


Article: Interview

A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn

Read "A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2001. Ah, the classics. In every art form painting, literature, architecture, dance, music there are works which possess timeless beauty, works with themes that resonate emotionally across decades, through centuries, and are masterfully presented. Joel Dorn's name is indelibly written in ...


Article: Interview

Dino Betti van der Noot: la big band tra suono e racconto

Read "Dino Betti van der Noot: la big band tra suono e racconto" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nel mondo del jazz, e non solo in quello, Dino Betti van der Noot è una personalità decisamente unica: formalmente un dilettante, ha però pubblicato quindici album, molti dei quali pluripremiati; scrive per big band, una cosa oggi ormai rarissima, dando inoltre vita a opere che si discostano dalla tradizione della formazione; dotato di una cultura ...


Article: Album Review

Ray Gallon: Grand Company

Read "Grand Company" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Ray Gallon is a pianist with a rich and complex musical vocabulary. In the company of bassist Ron Carter and percussionist Lewis Nash, he has recorded an album that is filled with technical proficiency and emotional depth as well as a unique artistic voice. Adding to the enjoyment is the sophistication of the recording, which was ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emily Kuhn, Matt Moran, Jack DeJohnette and More

Read "Emily Kuhn, Matt Moran, Jack DeJohnette and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode features a variety of lesser-known musicians with some familiar names mixed in. It includes Emily Kuhn, Matt Moran, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, and Arman Sangalang. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 John Lewis ...


Article: Album Review

Darrell Grant's MJ New: Our Mr. Jackson

Read "Our Mr. Jackson" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Anyone missing the artistry and elegance of the Modern Jazz Quartet will warm quickly to pianist Darrell Grant's MJ New, which pays homage to the great vibraphonist Milt Jackson and, through him, the legendary MJQ, on Our Mr. Jackson. The instrumentation is the same as the MJQ, with Mike Horsfall sitting in for Jackson on vibraphone ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums

Read "Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Bill Evans attracts a special sort of fan. Clinically obsessive is a reasonable description. While far from undiscerning, we find something, usually plenty, to enjoy in every record Evans played on. And we want them all in our collection. Evans' hardcore fans include practically every musician who played with him. Eddie Gomez, his ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Jon De Lucia

Read "Take Five with Jon De Lucia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jon De Lucia Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, he moved to New York City in 2005.Since then he has performed in the US and internationally at the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the Tamana-shi Jazz Festival in Japan. In New York he ...


Article: Book Review

The Gerry Mulligan 1950s Quartets

Read "The Gerry Mulligan 1950s Quartets" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Gerry Mulligan 1950s Quartets Alyn Shipton240 Pages ISBN: 978-0197579763 Oxford University Press 2023 Several are the biographies of Gerry Mulligan, arguably jazz's most celebrated baritone saxophonist. None, however, have focused as specifically and as closely as this tome does on the quartets with which Mulligan made his name ...


Article: Album Review

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker: Live Revisited

Read "Live Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

The first six tracks on this album, which were recorded at New York City's Town Hall on June 22, 1945, are amongst the most exciting in the jazz compendium. Not only because of their intrinsic artistic merit but also because they mark one of the first, if not the first, occasion the vanguard of the bop ...


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