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Mike Zwerin

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Article: Album Review

Barney Wilen: Zodiac

Read "Zodiac" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen's Zodiac is the soundtrack for a mid-1960s film that never got off the storyboard. The backstory... Like other French jazzmen who came of age in the second half of the 1950s, Wilen benefited from the penchant nouvelle vague film directors had for jazz soundtracks. Aged twenty years, Wilen cut his filmic teeth ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?

Read "Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?" reviewed by Chris May


The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's Revisited strand of reissues is a jazz connoisseur's dream. The label identifies outstanding albums of the 1960s, sets one of its gifted audio engineers to mastering them and makes them newly available. Earlier editions of many of these albums are hard to find and the sound on all of them is substantially ...

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Article: Album Review

Chet Baker Trio: Live In Paris

Read "Live In Paris" reviewed by Chris May


Aside from a new album by a favourite musician, few things hold so much promise as the release of a previously unavailable recording—and if it comes up to expectations, rather than being a barrel-scraping exercise, one has lucked out. Live In Paris: The Radio France Recordings 1983 -1984 hits the sweet spot. Available as a 3 ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In

Read "Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In" reviewed by Chris May


Chet Baker was born to a farmer's daughter and a hard-drinking, weed-smoking singer and guitarist in a Western Swing band in Yale, Oklahoma in 1929. Like many Okies, the family fared badly during the Great Depression but did a little better after moving to Glendale, California in 1939. Largely self-taught as a trumpeter, Baker honed his ...

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Article: Opinion

On the Banks of the Jabbok With Chet Baker

Read "On the Banks of the Jabbok With Chet Baker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


When Yale professor Harold Bloom was interviewed by NPR shortly after publication of Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (Riverhead, 2005), he was quite candid about his relationship with his own Judaism and Yahweh: Bloom: ... I may, as I say, lack trust in the covenant, but though I keep asking Yahweh to go ...

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Article: Book Review

The Parisian Jazz Chronicles

Read "The Parisian Jazz Chronicles" reviewed by Joel Roberts


The Parisian Jazz Chronicles: An Improvisational MemoirBy Mike Zwerin Yale University PressISBN: 0300108060240 pages2005 The Parisian Jazz Chronicles is an irreverent and highly revealing tour through the Parisian and European jazz scenes of the '80-90s in the company of musician/writer/hipster expatriate Mike Zwerin, ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Sonny Rollins Elected as Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Read "Sonny Rollins Elected as Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This month's most welcome news has nothing to do with big bands but everything to do with artistry and excellence: saxophonist and jazz icon Sonny Rollins has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy, a center for independent policy research (I don't quite understand what that has to do ...

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News: Obituary

Jazz Critic Mike Zwerin, Miles Davis Protege, Dies at Age 79

Mike Zwerin, a jazzman who got his first break jamming with Miles Davis a half-century ago, has died aged 79. Zwerin was a trombonist who became the Paris-based jazz critic for the International Herald Tribune and later for Bloomberg News. He died at 3 a.m. local time in a Paris hospital after a long illness, his ...

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Article: Interview

Joan A. Cararach: el 'maestro' de Barcelona

Read "Joan A. Cararach: el 'maestro' de Barcelona" reviewed by Joao Moreira dos Santos


Fundado por Joan Roselló en 1966, el Festival de Jazz de Barcelona ha ido renovándose y evolucionando con múltiples avatares desde entonces, pero la edición de este año es verdaderamente especial. No sólo desafía la crisis económica, presentando más conciertos que nunca (60 en casi dos meses), sino que además, por primera vez, se clausura en ...


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