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Monty Alexander

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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

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Dechter: Major Influence

Read "Major Influence" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The guitarist Graham Dechter offers his first new album in almost a decade. Major Influence was recorded prior to the pandemic with the dream rhythm section of Dechter's earlier recordings: pianist Tamir Hendelman, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. In early fall 2021, the band can now begin to contemplate returning to touring. ...

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Article: Interview

John Clayton: Career Reflections

Read "John Clayton: Career Reflections" reviewed by Schaen Fox


John Clayton is as interesting to talk to as he is an artist of great talent and experience. The former has allowed him to interact with numerous major figures of his time as well as have long tenures performing with aggregations as diverse as Count Basie's band and the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The latter gives him ...

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Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz 2021

Read "Gent Jazz 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Gent Jazz Bijloke, Gent Belgium July 12-18 2021 Last year, the Gent Jazz festival operated with a 400-person audience capacity, and presented a very successful 10-day season, albeit highlighting Belgian acts, and with no lumbering large-fee, big-ticket-sales American bands allowed. The 2021 edition still wasn't able ...

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News: Music Industry

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

Jazz history was forged in the rustic Black Forest of Germany in 1968 when Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer launched MPS Records and recorded some of the genre’s seminal artists. Legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, The Count Basie Orchestra and George Duke released albums on the prestigious label known for its ...

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Article: Album Review

Monty Alexander: Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

Read "Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Risk and reward is honored in the selection of this premium sound night club gig from nearly forty years ago. Just how such a recording is going to play in a current climate is tricky business. Is it vintage or is it outdated? Is it a fond remembrance or better left forgotten? The answers are of ...

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Song of the Day

Been Down This Road Before

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Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:24

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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 ...

Album

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.


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