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Mulgrew Miller

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Mulgrew Miller is an American jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi. In a childhood filled with early musical experiences, mostly playing gospel music in his church and R&B and blues at dances. Mulgrew was constantly meddling in jazz piano, and established a trio in high school that would play cocktail parties. Miller admits that they didn't really know what they were doing and were merely "approaching jazz". Miller is said to have set his mind definitely to becoming a jazz pianist after seeing Oscar Peterson (a first for Mulgrew) on television. “It was a life changing event

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves

Read "Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Nat Reeves Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR April 11, 2021 The April 2022 edition of Ted Ludwig's “Jazz At The Joint" welcomed Hartford, Connecticut-centered bassist Nat Reeves to The Joint's stage in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Reeves has spent the last 40 years performing and recording with the ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Album Review

The Matt Gordy Jazz Tonite Sextet: Be With Me

Read "Be With Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2006, drummer Matt Gordy heeded the mandate to “go west, young man," moving from Boston to Los Angeles, while he was still “young at heart," and quickly becoming a mainstay of the local scene, after years of success as a jazz and classical drummer in New England, and even with the Maracaibo, Venezuela, Symphony Orchestra, ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona


Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...

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In Harmony

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: What Is This Thing Called Love?; This Is Always; I Remember Clifford; Triste; Invitation; Con Alma; Never Let Me Go; Just in Time; Fungii Mama; Monk’s Dream; Ruby, My Dear; Blues for Mr. Hill; Ow!.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Got Live—Do You Want It?

Read "Got Live—Do You Want It?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Four live records turn up on the boys' plates—of which do they happily partake? The sessions range in recording dates from the late 1960's to the 2010's, but three of the four came out in the last few months. We talk about a listener-suggested album of “modern" stride piano, a scorching modal date that left the ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Lynch: Songbook Vol. 1: Bus Stop Serenade

Read "Songbook Vol. 1: Bus Stop Serenade" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Con Bus Stop Serenade Brian Lynch inaugura una serie di album che raccolgono il suo intero songbook, scritto in quarant'anni di carriera e disseminato in numerose incisioni. Da alcuni anni il trombettista ha varato una propria etichetta (la Hollistic MusicWorks) e iniziato a reinterpretare le sue vecchie composizioni: “Ho sentito che avrebbero beneficiato di un po' ...

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Article: Interview

Christian Sands: Renaissance Man

Read "Christian Sands: Renaissance Man" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Christian Sands is more than a jazz pianist, though he excels at it and it is central to his art. After all he started playing at about the age of two and first performed in public at age nine. Sands is a prolific composer. He has written music for television. He wants to do ...

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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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