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Nat Adderley may have spent a significant part of his career in the shadow of his better known older brother, the alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, but he was always a major contributor to their shared projects, and achieved a great deal in his own right after his brother's death in 1975. He was born Nathaniel Adderley, and took up trumpet as a teenager in 1946. He began playing in local bands in Florida, and made what became a career long switch to the smaller cornet in 1950. He did so against the prevailing tide. Cornet had been the horn of choice for New Orleans trumpet players in the early days of jazz, but had fallen out of fashion in favour of trumpet by the bop era. Nat Adderley Adderley evolved a distinctive signature on the instrument, blending a rich tone and earthy warmth with the horn's inherent touch of astringency to great effect


Article: Album Review

MIke Melito: To Swing Is The Thing

Read "To Swing Is The Thing" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Rochester NY native Mike Melito is an fine drummer who has been active on the jazz scene for many years. His whose drumming style was inspired by Roy McCurdy, who was an integral part of the jazz groups fronted by both Nat Adderley and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. With a wide-ride cymbal beat and fluid phrasing, Melito's ...


Article: Liner Notes

Arve Henriksen: Solidification

Read "Arve Henriksen: Solidification" reviewed by John Kelman

Constellations and the Something of Discovery Music as a chosen profession may suggest occupying the minds of its makers far beyond the 9-to-5 hours of your average job, but for some it goes further still. Transcending mere preoccupation, trumpeter Arve Henriksen seems to eat, drink, sleep and dream music, 24/7, 365 days a year. “I was ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2023

Read "Brilliant Corners 2023" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland 2-11 March, 2023 One of the highlights of Belfast's music calendar, Brilliant Corners' eleventh annual shindig served up thirteen concerts over nine days. As ever, the main venue was Black Box, where audiences were treated to the best of Irish, British, European and North ...


Article: Catching Up With

Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness

Read "Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness" reviewed by Chris May

Something big and wild and loud was stirring on the alternative British jazz scene around 2015, 2016. In London, high-voltage tenor sax and drums duo Binker and Moses made their debut album, as did jazz-rock power trio The Comet Is Coming. Meanwhile, in the west of the country, in the port city of Bristol, tenor saxophonist ...


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: Take Five With...

Take Five with Gene Ess

Read "Take Five with Gene Ess" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Gene Ess Award-winning guitarist, Gene Ess, draws upon a diverse background to form his unique style. Studying classical piano, Gene's early years were filled with the sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Originally from Tokyo, Japan and growing up on a U.S. Air Force Base on Okinawa, Gene was simultaneously receiving a mix of influences: he ...


Article: Album Review

The Justin Haynes Jazz Collective: In a Funk

Read "In a Funk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a Funk is the second recording as leader by Illinois-bred composer / arranger Justin Haynes, the first by his eighteen-member Jazz Collective. As was true of his debut album, Shoeless in Georgetown (2015), the most impressive cards are Haynes' splendid charts, ably performed by an ensemble of accomplished and purposeful musicians from the Chicago area. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Beginnings Part 2 with Kenny Davern, Nat Adderley, Annie Ross and Junior Mance

Read "Beginnings Part 2 with Kenny Davern, Nat Adderley, Annie Ross and Junior Mance" reviewed by Monk Rowe


Article: Album Review

Run Logan Run: Nature Will Take Care Of You

Read "Nature Will Take Care Of You" reviewed by Chris May

Although they often remain below the radar of the international jazz audience, British cities other than London support thriving jazz and beyond-jazz scenes, and the port of Bristol has a particularly fertile one. Among its luminaries are Run Logan Run, a duo comprising saxophonist Andrew Neil Hayes and drummer Matt Brown. Nature Will Take Care Of ...


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