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Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman. As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music, and also studied law. He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon. Lalo Schifrin continued his formal music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early 1950’s

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chip Wickham: Blue To Red

Read "Blue To Red" reviewed by Chris May

The marketing thrust accompanying Chip Wickham's third album emphasises an affinity between the disc and the late 1960s / early 1970s work of Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane. Certainly, Blue To Red ticks two boxes: Wickham puts aside his saxophone to play only flute and alto flute, whose seraphic tones were favoured by Lateef and Coltrane; ...

Bullitt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Label: Speakers Corner
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bullitt (Main Title); Room 26; Hotel Daniels; The Aftermath Of Love; Music To Interrogate By; On The Way To San Mateo; Ice Pick Mike; A Song For Cathy; Shifting Gears; Cantata For Combo; The First Snowfall; Bullitt (End Title).

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY July 15, 2018 Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lalo Schifrin: Bullitt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Read "Bullitt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" reviewed by Chris May

Here is a treat for jazz fans, cinephiles and audiophiles. A 180-gram vinyl remastered-edition, manufactured with analogue-only technology, of Lalo Schifrin's original soundtrack for Peter Yates's 1968 thriller Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen as a jazz-loving San Francisco police detective. Schifrin began his career as a jazz pianist in his native Argentina and continued as one when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Wagner: Toot Suite

Read "Toot Suite" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There have been many composers on both sides of the classical-jazz continuum who have attempted to blend those genres. Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, Duke Ellington, Lalo Schifrin, Jorge Calandrelli, and others have explored the parallels and differences. In 1980, French jazz pianist/composer, Claude Bolling composed “Toot Suite" for the great French ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3

Read "Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I walk into the live room, a little early, on Day 3, Gillespie has already swapped out the piano for a Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker. Three boom mics are positioned in the area closest to the window to the control room. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat

Read "Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: # 13-978-1595800862 Santa Monica Press 2016 The word “Heavyweight" in the title of this fast-paced biography of the late great jazz drummer Stan Levey is not just a metaphor for his reputation as a musician. Levey, in addition ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz

Read "Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Argentinean violinist-composer Leonardo Suarez Paz personifies the tango. Both a dance and a music, Tango bridles with passion and seethes with a barely suppressed sexual tension. “To bridle" is the correct verb here with its dual connotations of intense emotion and constraint. It is far from the braggadocio of immature machismo and speaks instead to a ...


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