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Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Chris May

Love Letter is the final album to be made by saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who passed in January 2020 aged 93. It was completeted just a month earlier. The title is well chosen: the album is a love letter to jazz, a love letter to ballads, and a love letter to Heath's surviving family members, friends and ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

From 1953, when it was set up, to 1964, when it was acquired by ABC, Riverside Records rivalled Blue Note and Prestige as one of the leading independent jazz labels based in New York City. The founders of all three labels were jazz fans who operated on slim margins and became producers partly because they enjoyed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

Read "The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC. February 21-22, 2020 Eight instruments on stage and only three musicians seemed like a challenge, particularly as the guitar was the only instrument played by Adam Moezinia. The other instruments were all for twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ahmad Jamal: Trio & Quintet Recordings With Ray Crawford

Read "Trio & Quintet Recordings With Ray Crawford" reviewed by Chris May

This 2xCD reissue comprises three of Ahmad Jamal's early and mid 1950s trio albums plus a fourth recorded in 1960 with a quintet. Between times, Jamal had released the totemic trio set At The Pershing (Argo, 1958), which included the break-out single “Poinciana" (his first, equally lovely, 1955 recording of Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier's tune ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicola Conte: Other Directions

Read "Other Directions" reviewed by Chris May

Since debuting with the quintessential acid-jazz suite Jet Sounds on the Milan-based label Schema in 2000, the composer, arranger, producer and guitarist Nicola Conte has released another ten exquisitely beautiful albums exploring acid jazz, spiritual jazz, soul jazz and bossa nova, often all on the same disc. Conte also produces other artists and has curated rare-groove ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley: Swingin' in Seattle, Live at the Penthouse 1966-1967

Read "Swingin' in Seattle, Live at the Penthouse 1966-1967" reviewed by Luca Canini

Un imperdibile e prezioso inedito. Settanta minuti di musica mai ascoltati prima che arrivano dritti dritti dalla seconda metà degli anni Sessanta. Un periodo cruciale per Julian Cannonball Adderley e il suo quintetto, freschi di approdo alla californiana Capitol, etichetta con le spalle decisamente più larghe e molto meno “ortodossa" rispetto alla newyorchese Riverside, e lanciati ...

Ricordiamo Michael Brecker

Read "Ricordiamo Michael Brecker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono trascorsi più di dieci anni dalla morte di Michael Brecker, avvenuta il 13 gennaio 2007, il giorno dopo quella di Alice Coltrane. Brecker è stato il massimo e più influente sax tenore post-coltraniano ed è quanto mai doveroso ricordarne la vita e il percorso artistico. Il 25 gennaio di quest'anno la comunità jazzistica ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning

Read "In the Beginning" reviewed by Luca Canini

Anche i giganti hanno cominciato da piccoli. Lontani dai riflettori e dalle luci delle capitali del jazz, sui palchi più o meno scalcagnati di una città qualunque. Indianapolis, nel caso di Wes Montgomery. Prima della fama, prima di cambiare per sempre il concetto di sei corde applicato all'improvvisazione, è nel cuore del Midwest che il chitarrista ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Omar Sosa: en el camino

Read "Omar Sosa: en el camino" reviewed by Joan A. Cararach

El pianista cubano Omar Sosa estrena el próximo 6 de noviembre en el 41 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona un encargo, The Afrocuban Side of 'Kind of Blue'. “Después de mi primer proyecto sinfónico, éste es el trabajo más complejo que he hecho nunca, tanto de organización como de expectativas, de mí ...


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