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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets Nos. 1-12

Read "String Quartets Nos. 1-12" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Wadada Leo Smith's seven CD boxset String Quartets Nos. 1-12 summons two words, epic and ineffable. The 5½ hours of music chronicle three of his four periods writing for string quartets from 1965 until 2019. The remaining work, “String Quartets Nos. 13, 14, and 15" inspired by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the US ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's

Read "The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Professionally recorded for Columbia Records, but never released, this live concert from London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is seeing the light of day some fifty years later, as well as marking the centennial celebration of Charles Mingus' birth. The music was never released, not because it was unworthy (it is indeed worthy), but because Mingus along ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley: Boomslang

Read "Boomslang" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Jazz has, to some extent, always been about making connections and pointing out interrelations. Ever since Buddy Bolden blew his cornet in New Orleans around the start of the twentieth century, listeners have been playing connect the dots, linking Bolden's innovations to King Oliver and Oliver's to Louis Armstrong, likewise Buck Clayton to Dizzy Gillespie and ...

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Article: Interview

Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player

Read "Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player" reviewed by Zachary Weg


In a plain, gray building off Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, pianist, Emmet Cohen, gently hammers on his instrument, head bopping to the drum hits and bass thuds that reverberate along the plant-lined walls of his apartment. Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades, the Miami-born and Montclair, New Jersey-raised ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

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Article: Album Review

Gary Alesbrook: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Read "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


It's hard to believe this is only trumpeter Gary Alesbrook's second record under his own name. Like Venus emerging fully-formed from the head of Zeus, Alesbrook's tasteful proficiency is truly startling until you realize it was honed outside of jazz, with years of busy sideman efforts in other types of music. Another surprise is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Entertainers – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton (1929 - 1940)

Read "The Entertainers – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton (1929 - 1940)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Jazz has often been looked at through the lens of the conflict between art and commerce. In the 1930s, several artists successfully blurred these distinctions. Louis Armstrong adopted popular song as his vehicle for a successful career shift into the mainstream. Cab Calloway defined his popular hipster persona while fronting one of the most professional big ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)

Read "Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)" reviewed by Russell Perry


(If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via Soundcloud.) In the last hour we heard the most important jazz recordings of the 1920s—the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens led by cornetist Louis Armstrong. Perhaps the other most influential cornet player of the era was a ...

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Article: Film Review

Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory

Read "Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Green Book DreamWorks Universal 2018 Starting perhaps in the 1930s, African American jazz musicians and bands from the north, midwest, and west toured the segregationist South. There they found to their dismay that as much as they were sought after for performances, they were compelled to live in separate hotels and use ...

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News: Music Industry

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records is honored to announce that it has signed Catherine Russell, a celebrated vocalist and one of the greatest voices in jazz and blues, to release her upcoming album. The label and artist are joining forces with the shared goal of enriching the contemporary music scene with the release of new tracks, renditions of ...


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