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Monty Alexander

“For the most part, when I play music, I smell it and see colors. Every song has its own personality, its own soul, and if I can’t feel it, I can’t play it with feeling. I don’t understand what it is that makes me different, but I feel I have very little in common with anybody else. I seem to be my own strange character. If I’m right in my motivations and attitude, amazing things happen.”—Monty Alexander, 2010 “I love Jamaica. I love America. I love them both together more than each one separately. I inhabit the rhythmic aspect of both things. I can’t explain why. I do it naturally and joyfully

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Been Down This Road Before

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Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:24

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road

Read "Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

New York trombonist Clifton Anderson has mastered his instrument from the 1970s on in jazz programs of his home town outside the conservatory (which he also attended), that were initiated by leading spirits of the music such as Barry Harris, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman; these informal, professional jazz circles gave him information, insights and inspiration ...

Been Down This Road Before

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mission Statement; Nana - D; A House Is Not A Home; Mysticancients; In It But Not Of It; Sonny Says; Sista Gemini; T.U.B.C.; Been Down This Road Before; Until We Meet Again.

Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Arthur’s Theme; Love You Madly; Samba De Orfeu; Sweet Lady; Eleuthra; Reggae Later. CD2: Blues For Edith; Fungii Mama; Consider; Montevideo; Body And Soul; Swamp Fire; SKJ.

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman

Read "The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

I have to be honest. When I approached Zev Feldman about doing this interview I really had no idea what an “archival producer" was. I had the impression that it was a very solitary task that involved working in some, half-lit, library basement searching through dusty stacks. I came to understand that it's really more about ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists

Read "Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[The following is a commentary on pianist Richie Beirach's 2020 e-book The Historical Lineage of Modern Jazz Piano: The 10 Essential Players (Conversations between Richie Beirach and Michael Lake), downloadable for free here.] Jazz piano has always garnered (no intended reference to Erroll Garner) special interest among the instruments because it is truly an ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Chuck Deardorf

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Chuck Deardorf" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Spodie's Back

Read "Spodie's Back" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Still a teenager when signed to Quincy Jones' Warner Bros. subsidiary, Qwest, trumpeter Derrick Shezbie was nonetheless a veteran on this debut as leader--having been playing in the traditionalist Rebirth Brass Band for several years already. Produced by fellow Crescent City native Delfeayo Marsalis, “Spodie's Back" is a much more modernistic outing than anything ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...


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