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Ron Carter: Anything Goes

Read "Ron Carter: Anything Goes" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro


Ronald Levin Carter (born Ferndale, Michigan, on May 4, 1937) needs no introduction. Let's just say that he is the bassist's bassist. On Ron's hands, the bass and the man become the same entity, the same person. Played by Ron Carter, the acoustic bass sounds like... Ron Carter! That's why he is one of the three ...

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Marshall Gilkes: LifeSongs

Read "Marshall Gilkes: LifeSongs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


A sojourn in the city of Cologne is akin to a homecoming for Marshall Gilkes. The lauded trombonist spent four memorable years in that cultural hub beside the Rhine, making his mark within the ranks of the WDR Big Band's brass section, and his departure in December of 2013 did nothing to dampen his love for ...

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CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists

Read "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro


The CD you are holding in your hands is a very special compilation. It's the celebration of CTI as one of the most “sampled" labels on Earth! For the past ten years, many CTI tracks have been cut up, sampled, scratched and looped to create new songs for a new audience. Many of the selections on ...

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Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited

Read "Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


"It is often those we hear the least that we should listen to the most." So wrote the Guadeloupean pianist Jonathan Jurion on the release of his album Le Temps Fou: The Music Of Marion Brown (Komos, 2019). Just why Marion Brown has become such a rarely acknowledged figure is unclear. He possessed ...

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Angela Verbrugge: Somewhere

Read "Angela Verbrugge: Somewhere" reviewed by Michael Steinman


The proper response to Beauty is an awed admiring silence. So these liner notes should be one word in a large font: LISTEN. But Angela asked me to add a few hundred keystrokes to the project, so here we are. Incidentally, I have chosen to focus on Angela in the midst of the most superb musicians ...

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Bill Anschell / Brent Jensen: We Couldn't Agree More

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Wynton Marsalis recently said, “The hallmark of a first-class jazz musician is the ability to adapt." It is a paradoxical statement. But Marsalis is not using the term “adapt" in the Darwinian context of adaptation and natural selection. He does not mean adapting to, say, bad food on the road. He is referring to listening skills ...

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John Basile: Heatin' Up

Read "John Basile: Heatin' Up" reviewed by Bill Milkowski


John Basile's warm tone and impeccable articulation on Heatin' Up at first may trigger memories of the late, great Pat Martino, an iconic guitarist whom Basile obviously admires. But listen closer to the elegant phrasing, the confident use of space and “less is more" approach he applies to tunes like Cy Coleman's “See Saw," the oft-covered ...

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Hadley Caliman / Pete Christlieb: Reunion

Read "Hadley Caliman / Pete Christlieb: Reunion" reviewed by Thomas Conrad


At the end of the first decade of the new millennium, one of the most gratifying developments in jazz is the late blossoming of Hadley Caliman. In 2008, at 76, he released Gratitude, his first recording as a leader in 31 years. It was followed in 2010 by Straight Ahead. They created a buzz on the ...

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Riccardo Arrighini: Cambio di Marcia

Read "Riccardo Arrighini: Cambio di Marcia" reviewed by Thomas Conrad


The first time I heard Riccardo Arrighini was at the Umbria Jazz Melbourne festival in Australia in May of 2005. It seems odd, as I look back on it, that I barely noticed him at the festival. The explanation is not that there were other, more famous Italian piano players there, like Stefano Bollani and Danilo ...

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Jordan VanHemert: Deep in the Soil

Read "Jordan VanHemert: Deep in the Soil" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Born in Korea and raised in Michigan, Jordan VanHemert counts himself among those youngsters that got involved in his school music program by starting out on the alto saxophone. Also like many of his fellow saxophonists, VanHemert eventually moved away from the smaller horn to devote his full energies to the tenor sax, an instrument emblematic ...


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