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“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


Article: In Pictures

Celebrating Randy Weston: An Evening with T.K. Blue and the African Rhythms Alumni Quartet at Dizzy's

Read "Celebrating Randy Weston: An Evening with T.K. Blue and the African Rhythms Alumni Quartet at Dizzy's" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Randy Weston passed away at the age of 92 in September 2018, leaving an indelible mark on the jazz community. Just weeks prior to his transition, he had given a performance at the Nice Jazz Festival and was in fine form. Weston enjoyed many accolades in the last chapter of his life including being recognized as ...


Article: Play This!

Monty Alexander: No Woman No Cry

Read "Monty Alexander: No Woman No Cry" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A regular dose of Monty Alexander is good for the soul. He always has an inner positivity running through everything he touches--much like his most-admired heroes, such as fellow Jamaican icon Bob Marley. Combine the spirits of the two, as with a heart-stirring take on the warmest of Marley songs, and you've got a special kind ...


Article: History of Jazz

Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood

Read "Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood" reviewed by Arthur R George

Part 1 | Part 2 Robert “Boysie" Lowery was trumpeter Clifford Brown's first music instructor in the early 1940s, and mentored decades of young musicians thereafter in jny: Wilmington, Delaware. He taught as a sideline to club work, a resource for his community but caring not so much about being paid for his lessons. ...


Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum

Read "Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In memory of the venerable Ahmad Jamal. This article was first published on All About Jazz on July 6, 2010. Ahmad Jamal, possibly the most influential of living jazz pianists, turned 80 years young on July 2, 2010. It is however, business as usual and instead of celebrating at home in his slippers, Jamal ...


Article: Liner Notes

Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two

Read "Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In its relatively short history, American jazz music has established a language that while having some ties to the European tradition is more fully rooted in the rhythms and folk melodies of the African slaves. What is even more significant is the profound impact that the music and musicians have had in breaking social boundaries such ...


The Many Moods of Benny Golson

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Killer Joe (Benny Golson); Work Song (Nat Adderley); Body and Soul * (Johnny Green); St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins); Syeeda’s Song Flute (John Coltrane); Mood Indigo; Along Came Betty; Mack The Knife (funky version) (Kurt Weill); Touch Me Lightly (Benny Golson); Don’t Get Around Much Any More (K. Russell / Duke Ellington).


The Stars of Jazz #2

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Moanin’, I Want To Talk About You, My Favorite Things, Blue Motel Room, Tico Tico, My Funny Valentine, Joy Spring, Six Gun, The Law of Diminishing Returns, Out of Nowhere


Article: Album Review

Al Di Meola / Jean-Luc Ponty / Stanley Clarke: Rite Of Strings Live at Montreux 1994

Read "Rite Of Strings Live at Montreux 1994" reviewed by Doug Collette

By the time Al Di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke were recorded in 1994 at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival—remarkably, in their first time ever playing together in public—each had established a solid reputation in the jazz-fusion field and beyond. Accordingly, it might be seen as destiny that the three would work together in some ...


Article: Album Review

John Patitucci Trio: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Bassist/composer/arranger John Patitucci's intensive sessionography is so vast and amplified by just a smattering of the names he has brought to his triple A+ game to-- Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Nora Jones, Monty Alexander, Warren Zevon, Lynne Arriale, Connie Han--it is rather easy to forget what a true monster he is on both electric and double ...


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