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Miroslav Vitous

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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

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

Read "Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...

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Article: Album Review

Marc Johnson: Overpass

Read "Overpass" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


I dischi di solo contrabbasso non sono così frequenti come quelli di altri strumenti che maggiormente si prestano a essere suonati senza accompagnamento, ma nel catalogo ECM ne sono presenti diversi fin dai primi anni di vita dell'etichetta, dovuti soprattutto a Barre Phillips e Dave Holland (presenti anche con un duo), oltre che a Eberhard Weber, ...

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Article: Album Review

Marc Johnson: Overpass

Read "Overpass" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The virtuoso bassist Marc Johnson has kept a relatively low profile as a leader. A graduate of the prestigious North Texas State University jazz program, Johnson made his mark as a member of Bill Evans' trio from 1978 until the pianist's final album the following year. His ECM debut came as a member of John Abercrombie's ...

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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: My Playlist

Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Annette Peacock, An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000) Un album incredibilmente bello di una delle figure più misteriose, sfuggenti e seducenti ai margini del jazz. 2. Bill Laswell, Baseline (Elektra Records, 1983) A volte il primo album rimane il migliore. 3. Paul Motian Trio ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Chick Corea

Read "Chick Corea" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


In memory of NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea: 1941-2021. This article was first published at All About Jazz in 2004. Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A classical musical upbringing; a deep knowledge of contemporary classical masters; a career that rapidly saw him develop affinities and life-long collaborations with mainstream and forward-looking jazz musicians, both from the US and from abroad; equally at home with fusion, pop and rock. In sum, Kenny Kirkland epitomized that kind of musician that defies categorization which ...


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