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Mike Dillon: Rhythm Method

Read "Mike Dillon: Rhythm Method" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Percussionist/vibraphonist/bandleader Mike Dillon's music defies easy categorization. It's been called “punk jazz," a term that describes working methods--do it yourself, find your own voice--more than actual sounds.Dillon sports a wide-ranging musical résumé. He has led or has been a member of outfits such as Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band, The Dead Kenny G's, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Beasley: Everyone Loves John

Read "John Beasley: Everyone Loves John" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Keyboardist John Beasley (aka “The Bease" to friends and family) is a musician's musician and one of the busiest professionals in the game. His biography and list of credits are so broad and deep that they could fill an NFL playbook.If NASA or MIT were to invent a device that could measure creative and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Seman: The Story of Monktail

Read "John Seman: The Story of Monktail" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

The director and cofounder of Monktail Creative Music Concern with drummer Mark Ostrowski, bassist/composer John Seman has spent much of his childhood and his entire adult life defining this band and his musical direction. A highly educated player with the kind of street sense that can only be gained through constant performing, recording and touring, he ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Duduka Da Fonseca: The Guy From Ipanema

Read "Duduka Da Fonseca: The Guy From Ipanema" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The 1950s into the early 1960s was a special period in Brazil, the land of beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains and the home of a warm, inviting and sensuous music called samba that was developed during those years. It was also a time when bossa nova, another sumptuous musical style, was spawned. The music invades the senses ...

ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Joni Mitchell

Read "Don Alias and Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Editor's Note: Cymbalism is an All About Jazz column featuring excerpts from an upcoming autobiography on the late, great percussionist Don Alias, co-written by Melanie Futorian, his companion for the last seven years of his life. This installment covers Alias' collaboration with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell]Joni and I were living together working on our romance. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Armen Donelian: Consummate Musician

Read "Armen Donelian: Consummate Musician" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Consistency of excellence is an extraordinary thing in music--particularly improvised music, where taking chances, however satisfying, can be risky. The daredevil on the tightrope might amaze onlookers. But he also might fall.61 year-old pianist Armen Donelian, a New York City native who now lives in upstate New York but who has traveled the globe ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Lovano: Inimitable Streams of Expression

Read "Joe Lovano: Inimitable Streams of Expression" reviewed by Angela Davis

Penned as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history," saxophonist Joe Lovano has successfully created a unique voice within the jazz tradition and has contributed significantly to the continuance and development of the idiom.In just over a quarter of a century he has created an expansive body of work that has covered a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Scofield: Peaceful Pursuits

Read "John Scofield: Peaceful Pursuits" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a recording comes together easily, with a minimum of muss or fuss. Other times, life seems to conspire against it, but that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't get done, or that it suffers as a result. Sometimes, in fact, it can make the end result even better. For John Scofield-- one-third of a power trifecta ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bill Frisell: The ECM Years

Read "Bill Frisell: The ECM Years" reviewed by John Kelman

Nothing trumps right place, right time. Sure, most artists pay plenty of dues-- sometimes in the public eye, oftentimes not--but for some, there's that serendipitous event that leads to greater visibility. Bill Frisell, surely one of the most important and influential guitarists of his generation, undoubtedly deserves all the accolades and artistic freedom he's achieved in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Kevin Frenette: Fall River Guitar Guy

Read "Kevin Frenette: Fall River Guitar Guy" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

However cool the surface of his music, Kevin Frenette is not content to serve up any sort of “easy listening." The guitarist grew up in Fall River, a small city in southeastern Massachusetts, but the beauty of his music is akin to a sylvan setting--to enter into it is to traverse a forest trail. Some themes ...


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