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Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

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NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer

Read "NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide variety of great tunes this episode: Club D'Elf kicks it off with the title track to their latest live set, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann and her quartet acknowledge the musical and mystical paths of John Coltrane, the New York Free Quartet's Dream Time marks their return to releasing excellent work, and the very influential ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Old York: Laura Jurd, Annie Whitehead, Brooks Williams & Koshka

Read "Live From Old York: Laura Jurd, Annie Whitehead, Brooks Williams & Koshka" reviewed by Martin Longley

Laura Jurd's Dinosaur National Centre For Early Music November 11, 2016 Dinosaur are one of the UK's fastest rising new bands, although their recent re-naming hides a few years of history as the Laura Jurd Quartet. The London foursome still look even younger than their actual ages, thus qualifying as ...

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Martin Longley

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016 Urban Meadow Community Garden Red Hook, Brooklyn June 12 & 19, 2016 This ninth edition of the Red Hook Jazz Festival appeared to draw its biggest crowd yet. Not that it's a large- capacity event, but perhaps a setting close to the water's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Hollenbeck: Rainbow Jimmies

Read "Rainbow Jimmies" reviewed by Troy Collins

Percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck has led a diverse and multifaceted career since his early studies with legendary trombonist/composer Bob Brookmeyer. As a sideman, Hollenbeck has served alongside Brookmeyer, Satoko Fujii, Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely, Patrick Zimmerli, and others in addition to leading his own group, the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet. On a larger scale, he has ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Barbican Celebrates Moondog

Barbican Celebrates Moondog

September 8th 2009 will mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Moondog, the blind American musician who for years was a familiar figure on the streets of New York. Moondog was the pseudonym of Louis Hardin, born 1916. From the late 1940s until the 1970s he performed on the streets of New York. Famously, he ...

The Viking Of Sixth Avenue

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Theme And Variations; Down Is Up; Bumbo; Big Cat; Oo Debut; Lament 1 - Bird's Lament; Moondog's Symphony 1; Moondog's Symphony 2; Rabbit Hop; Rimshot; Snaketime Rhythm; Instrumental Round; Double Bass Duo; Why Spend The Dark Night With You?; All Is Loneliness; Snaketime Rhythm; Dragon's Teeth; Oboe Round; Be A Hobo; Dog Trot; Oasis; Avenue Of The Americas; 2 W 46th Street; Lullaby; Fog On The Hudson; Utsu; On And Off The Beat; Chant; From One To Nine; Improvisation; Enough About Human Rights!; Viking; Rimshot; Chaconne In G Major; Oasis; Invocation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Moondog: The Viking Of Sixth Avenue

Read "The Viking Of Sixth Avenue" reviewed by Chris May

While many modern music fans have heard of Moondog--his counterculture reputation and musical achievements have been celebrated by hipster and conservatoire musicians alike for over fifty years--relatively few have actually heard his music. Acquainted with and endorsed by Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Igor Stravinsky, and Artur Rodzinski in New York in the late '40s and '50s, ...


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