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Miroslav Vitous played music with his brother Alan and Jan Hammer while attending the Prague Conservatory, and played in a Dixieland band with trumpeter/singer Jiri Jerinek. Winning first prize in an international music competition in Vienna gave Miroslav the opportunity to study in the U.S., at Berklee College of Music. It was during this time that he was asked to play in Cannonball Adderley's group, but turned it down in order to complete his studies at Berklee. In the summer of 1967, Miroslav moved to New York to get involved in the vibrant music scene of the mid-sixties. What many people may not know is that Miroslav was ranked as a top Olympic contender in free style swimming


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bassist Bruno Råberg

Read "Take Five with Bassist Bruno Råberg" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Bruno Råberg Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bassist and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made 13 recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists, including Kris Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Sam ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz + Rock = ?

Read "Jazz + Rock = ?" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show, from September 2021, focuses on various combinations of rock and jazz such as jazz musicians experimenting with rock rhythms, and rock bands leaning into horns and improvisation. Artists heard on the program include the Tony Williams Lifetime, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Dave Holland, Soft Machine, Spanky and Our Gang, and Elton Dean.Playlist Henry ...


Article: Album Review

Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple To Super Nova Revisited

Read "Adam's Apple To Super Nova Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

In the three and a half years which separate the recording of the Blue Note albums Adam's Apple, in February 1966, and Super Nova, in August and September 1969, jazz went through a paradigm shift going on profound identity trauma. In 1966, though it was already past peak popularity, hard bop was still an important soundtrack ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

French Avant Prog Band Masal, Vital Information And Igor Wilcox Quartet-Live

Read "French Avant Prog Band Masal, Vital Information And Igor Wilcox Quartet-Live" reviewed by Len Davis

French band Masal with their latest Ahora , Aydin Esen with Miroslav Vitous and Vinnie Colaiuta. Finnish bassist Jukka Haavisto. Drummer Oiilie Usiskin with Bob Franceschini and a preview of the upcoming release from Steve Smith and Vital Information. The Igor Wilcox Quartet with their newest recorded live in Bulgaria, some classic Bob Berg and Australian ...


Article: Interview

A Fireside Chat With Wayne Shorter

Read "A Fireside Chat With Wayne Shorter" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This article was first published at All About Jazz in October 2002. I have done my fair share of Firesides (500 or so last census). I have favorites. Certainly, the first Sonny Rollins was memorable. Cecil Taylor, Charles Lloyd, Joe Chambers, and Lester Bowie were provocative. Willie Nelson was high (allegedly) and Tony Bennett ...


Article: Liner Notes

Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was

Read "Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was" reviewed by John Kelman

The box set you hold in your hands features three players who came together in an exceptional group to play some of the most compelling and exploratory piano trio music of the 20th Century's final decade. This threesome, led by Peter Erskine, released four albums recorded between July 1991 and July 1997: 1993's You Never Know, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Artists Of ECM Records

Read "The Artists Of ECM Records" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I've often tried to make the last show of a year a little different. Doing a special on ECM is an idea I've had for a while, and things finally came together to do it for 2022. I've always figured I had a great number of ECM releases in my collection, and when I started culling ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The String Section: Nels Cline, Marc Ribot and More

Read "The String Section: Nels Cline, Marc Ribot and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show focuses on string players,. It mostly features guitarists and bassists, but it also includes a set of string ensembles backing soloists. Musicians heard on the show include Margaret Slovak, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, Charles Mingus, and Lenny Breau. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from he Complete ...


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