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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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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 AAJ Staff


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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Article: Profile

Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way

Read "Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


In the Hebrew language, the ancient word “Rubin" translates as “Behold, a son!" Yes, Alan Rubin, trumpeter, actor, studio phenomenon, beloved friend, respected colleague, loving husband and soulmate to his wife, Mary, was something to behold. Many people—even non-musicians— remember Rubin as a stalwart member of the “Saturday Night Live" and Blues Brothers Bands and as ...

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The Movement Revisited

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Overture The Movement Revisited; Sister Rosa Prologue; Sister Rosa; Rosa Introduces Malcolm; Brother Malcolm Prologue; Brother Malcolm; Malcolm Introduces Ali; Ali Speaks; Rumble In The Jungle; Rosa Introduces MLK; Soldiers (I Have A Dream); A View From The Mountaintop; Apotheosis November 4th 2008.

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Article: Lyrics

Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland

Read "Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Kenny Kirkland era chiamato dagli amici Doctone (ovvero Doctor of Tone) ed è questo il titolo del progetto multimediale elaborato dal pianista Noah Haidu a più di vent'anni dalla scomparsa. Un ricco tributo della Sunnyside Records consistente in un libro d'interviste, un film documentario e un album di suoi brani eseguiti da Haidu con Todd Coolman ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Jazz in the Time of Pandemic

Read "Jazz in the Time of Pandemic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The first week of April 2020: images crystalized the daily news reports; a dystopian Times Square; Piazza Navona in Rome, emptied of tourists, Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Família standing like an abstract ruin, makeshift morgues in hospital parking lots. The jazz world is small but still a microcosm of society with interdependencies that run deep. ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Pierson: Last Works

Read "Last Works" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Classically trained Tom Pierson started out as a piano playing teenage prodigy in the early 1960s. His early orchestral background stood him in remarkably good stead since the compositions and arrangements for this masterpiece, Last Works are steeped in sonic complexity. It is also characterised by Pierson's self-stated desire not to regurgitate the past but to ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Read "Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience" reviewed by John Kelman


First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...


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