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Lennie Tristano

A pianist of exceptional co-ordination and skill, for whom playing in different metres with each hand held no terrors, Lennie Tristano overcame blindness to become one of the leading teachers in jazz. While he was studying for his music degree in Chicago in the early 1940s, he had already begun playing and working with a circle of musicians who became his pupils - including saxophonist Lee Konitz and guitarist Billy Bauer. Tristano mastered the bebop style, playing both intricate runs and sustained chordal passages, and by the late 1940s was working in New York, where he made some significant discs with the musicians who had developed bebop - notably Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh" reviewed by Wayne Zade

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2002. Frank Kimbrough is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists in jazz on the New York and national scenes. He has been the pianist in the Maria Schneider jazz orchestra and has recorded seven albums under his own ...

Rick McLaughlin

Prolific bassist/composer Rick McLaughlin performs and records with a number of Boston�s all-star ensembles including the Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. He has also performed in concert halls and jazz clubs around the world. Once called "one of my favorite bassists" by the legendary George Russell, he also leads the versatile Rick McLaughlin Trio. With a repertoire ranging from original compositions to Ellington standards to an arrangement of the second movement of the Ravel string quartet, the Rick McLaughlin Trio puts a modern spin on the drummer-less trio format made famous by groups like the Jimmy Guiffre 3 and the Oscar Peterson Trio on their critically acclaimed 2003 debut, Study of Light (Accurate). A contributing writer for DrumPRO magazines, McLaughlin is a freelance bassist/composer who has performed with musicians like Mulatu Astatke, Don Byron, Mick Goodrick, Steve Lacy, John Medeski, Bob Moses, Danillo Perez, John Zorn, and the rock band Morphine, among many others, in concerts throughout the United States and Europe, Thailand, Ethiopia and Uganda

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May

For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as ...

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Claudio Rubio

Claudio Rubio is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator from Santiago, Chile. Recived his education at William Paterson University prestigious jazz program from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude. While in USA he got to learn from jazz legends such as Rich Perry, Dave Liebman, Barry Harris, Steve LaSpina, Jim McNeely amongst others. Upon his gradtuation Claudio went back to Santiago to become a referential voice in the local scene as a frecuent colloaborator of Quintessence Ensamble -earning a Pulsar Price for the album "Décimo"- Christian Galvez, Francesca Ancarola among other fundamental figures of the Chilean Jazz Scene

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Read "No Boundaries" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

While No Boundaries is technically led by pianist Dave Bass, it seems that the company is kind of burying the lead. The real headliner here is the multi talented Ted Nash. Nash certainly has a jazz pedigree, with both a father and an uncle who were top notch performers themselves. Nash has also been ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Opposite Ends of the Bench

Read "Opposite Ends of the Bench" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Think of the two most different jazz pianists you can imagine. Now think different-er. That's right—McCoy Tyner and Lennie Tristano are the subjects of this fortnight's excursion, and the confines of an hour-long podcast are as close as they've ever been to one another. Once all that gets settled, Mike closes the wooden apertures of perception ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Lee Konitz: Il Ricordo di D'Andrea, Fasoli, Giuliani, Pieranunzi, Rava e Tommaso.

Read "Lee Konitz: Il Ricordo di D'Andrea, Fasoli, Giuliani, Pieranunzi, Rava e Tommaso." reviewed by Paolo Marra

Il sassofonista Lee Konitz è stato una delle figure più influenti del jazz moderno non solo per il suono unico al contralto e un senso dell'improvvisazione senza eguali, ma anche per essere rimasto nell'arco della sua lunga carriera sempre fedele a sé stesso ponendo la musica come protagonista assoluta della sua espressività, senza inutili esibizionismi.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Franco D'Andrea: New Things

Read "New Things" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ogni nuovo lavoro di Franco D'Andrea è una tessera aggiunta con coerenza al vasto mosaico che ha disegnato la sua vicenda artistica, nel corso di una carriera che ormai vede la soglia dei sessant'anni. Coniugare il massimo della libertà dentro una cornice di progetto, dialogo e condivisione: questo uno dei cardini su cui si articola il ...


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