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The Modern Jazz Quartet was a major jazz institution, a band that, counting a seven-year “vacation,” lasted 43 years. During a time when jazz musicians were stereotyped as unreliable, rarely sober and erratic, the MJQ played at concert halls while wearing tuxedos. They are not known to have ever been late, missed a gig, or disappointed an audience. The Modern Jazz Quartet’s evolution began in the Dizzy Gillespie big band of 1946. Due to the complexity of the charts and the strain that it caused in the trumpet section, Gillespie featured his rhythm section on an occasional number

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Article: Book Review

Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years" reviewed by Joel Roberts


This article was first published at All About Jazz in December 1997. Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years William Minor and Bill Wishner 176 pages ISBN: 0-883318-40-8 Angel City Press 1997 The opening night of the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 featured performances by Gerry ...

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Pedro Molina

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Pedro Molina, Spanish double bassist born in 1989 in Murcia (Spain) and based in Porto (Portugal) since 2017.

He studied double bass in Spain with Jordi Vila (Alicante) and Jordi Gaspar (Barcelona), and in Portugal with José Carlos Barbosa and Demian Cabaud.

He graduated from ESMAE (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo - Porto), specializing in jazz (2021).

In addition to projects where he works as a sideman, in 2022 he starts his own project with original music where he explores not only his interpretative facet but also the paths of his own music.

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Article: Album Review

John Surman: Words Unspoken

Read "Words Unspoken" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Hypnotic and many of its antonyms--stimulating, arousing, reviving--are old school hyperbole which very often separates the hack from the veteran of critical science. But sometimes those everyday words are exactly what need to be said to tell of music unlike everyday and most others. Words Unspoken is just that. Blowing free and unhindered since ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Bill Evans: The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited

Read "Bill Evans: The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Thank you, Boris Rose. The obsessive New York jazz maverick set out to record every musician of note who performed in the city's clubs from the mid 1940s through the mid 1970s. He must have come close to succeeding. His vast accumulated horde of tapes--today presumed more or less safe, stacked floor to ceiling in a ...

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Ben Wolfe: Unjust

Read "Unjust" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Sul piano compositivo e dell'organizzazione sonora, Unjust è uno dei più luminosi gioielli jazzistici degli ultimi anni. Contrabbassista di ragguardevole talento, Ben Wolfe ribadisce nel suo decimo progetto discografico la predilezione per architetture ariose ma arzigogolate, dimostrando come la scrittura jazzistica possa captare lo spirito dei tempi nel rispetto dei classici modelli di riferimento.

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Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Compositore, pianista e didatta (è presidente del Centro Didattico Produzione Musica Europe), Claudio Angeleri ha appena pubblicato per la Dodicilune l'album Concerto. Un omaggio ai grandi lombardi della storia, della cultura e dell'arte, realizzato in compagnia di Gianluigi Trovesi al clarinetto, Giulio Visibelli a sax soprano e flauto, Gabriele Comeglio al sax alto, Marco Esposito al ...

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Modern Jazz Quartet: Nearly Forgotten

Modern Jazz Quartet: Nearly Forgotten

Time has a way of sweeping some jazz stars away while leaving others top of mind. One supergroup that seems to be disappearing from the public consciousness is the Modern Jazz Quartet. In the 1950s, when a more classically influenced style known as chamber jazz became popular at the start of the LP era, the MJQ ...

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Article: Album Review

Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Chet Remembered

Read "Chet Remembered" reviewed by Chris May


Chet Remembered is the second disc the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi has recorded with a big band in as many years. Both are what used to be called “concept albums." 2022's offering, Blues & Bach (Challenge), was made with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, and celebrated the compositions of John Lewis, mainly those Lewis recorded with the Modern ...

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Everyone's Gone to the Movies

Read "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Mike ran across a soundtrack or two in his library excursions and hence an episode that's just what it says on the tin--a look at four soundtracks by jazz musicians. We explore which efforts work as “albums" and which are more a series of useful cues and snippets that don't necessarily create a coherent listening experience ...


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