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Lew Soloff

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A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff’s career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. From the time he eased into the east coast world of trend setting musicians in the mid 1960s, Soloff’s creative ventures have resulted in a respected body of work that places him in a category of true accomplishment and keeps his elegant and lyrical signatures in constant demand. Whether interpreting a standard or improvising on an original composition, his phrasing and note choices exemplify his unique voice. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody

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What The Hell Happened to Blood Sweat & Tears?

Label: Omnivore Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Somethin’ Comin’ On; God Bless The Child; Spinning Wheel; Somethin’ Goin’ On/Blues—Part II; Hi-De-Ho; And When I Die; Sometimes in Winter; Smiling Phases; You’ve Made Me So Very Happy; I Can’t Quit Her. Personnel: David Clayton-Thomas: vocals; Dick Halligan: organ, trombone; Steve Katz: guitar, harmonica, vocals; Fred Lipsius: saxophone, electric piano; Jerry Hyman: trombone; Lew Soloff: trumpet: Jim Fielder: bass; Bobby Colomby: drums.

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Harvest Time Featuring Herbie Hancock

Label: CID/Fama
Released: 2023

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Article: Profile

The Jazz Education of Ian Shaw

Read "The Jazz Education of Ian Shaw" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


A few notable exceptions aside, great jazz musicians are not born; they are created. Most young musicians start by absorbing the work of important influences and then, through practice and live performance, decide what to keep, what to modify and what to discard. Ultimately, originality is less a byproduct of inspiration and more the end result ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Orrin Evans, Benny Golson & Ray Blue

Read "Orrin Evans, Benny Golson & Ray Blue" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the award-winning chops of Ray Blue, we kick off the 809th Episode of Neon Jazz with a cut off his latest project called #People. From there, we hear new music from Bruno Raberg, John Allee, Orrin Evans and Gordon Lee. In between, listen for luminaries including Benny Golson, Howard McGhee and Lew Soloff. We wrap ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

The Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician’s Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White

Read "The Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician’s Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 15 “Angel Of Love," from Mike & Dorothy Longo's The Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician's Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White (Redwood Publishing, 2023). It was 1966. Word had gotten out, and it felt as though everyone was complimenting me about my gig at the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stanley Cowell, Gary Windo, Andrew Cyrille and More

Read "Stanley Cowell, Gary Windo, Andrew Cyrille and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features several musicians who have passed on, such as Stanley Cowell and Gary Windo, as well as many who are still alive and performing such as Billy Mintz and Andrew Cyrille. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill ...

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Article: Album Review

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Live At Fabrik

Read "Live At Fabrik" reviewed by Ian Patterson


By the time Gil Evans led the Gil Evans Orchestra at the Hamburg Jazz Festival in 1986, it had been holding down the Monday night slot at Sweet Basil for the previous three years. The majority of the GEO's regular musicians were with him for this performance at Fabrik, a 19th century machine-parts factory converted into ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

The Era I Almost Missed

Read "The Era I Almost Missed" reviewed by Ron Aprea


The following is an excerpt from “Section 9: Les Elgart" of The Era I Almost Missed--An Autobiography by Ron Aprea (Self Published, 2021). The Embers West / Richie Barz Still rehearsing my band and looking for a room in Manhattan, my drummer Jimmie Young hooked me up with pianist Mike Longo. Mike just finished ...

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Article: Profile

The 55 Bar: Music and Stories

Read "The 55 Bar: Music and Stories" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


All About Jazz celebrates the iconic 55 Bar and the essential role it plays as an establishment where bands are born and sounds shaped over time thanks to its longstanding commitment to jazz. Adored by patrons and musicians since the '80s, the 55 Bar has faced difficult economic challenges during the pandemic and as a result, ...


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