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Article: Book Excerpts

JD Allen: Just Keep Going

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...

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Article: Profile

Gaga, Bennett, The Count, Presidents: Harold Jones Drums Across History

Read "Gaga, Bennett, The Count, Presidents: Harold Jones Drums Across History" reviewed by Arthur R George


When Tony Bennett stepped past the twilight of Alzheimer's onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall in jny: New York City in August 2021, drummer Harold Jones was there ready for him, as he had been for Bennett over the past seventeen years, in a friendship going back to 1968. Lady Gaga, the popstar recreated ...

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Article: Interview

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

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Article: Live Review

Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Joanna Pascale Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 10, 2018 The content of this show came as a complete surprise to this reviewer. I expected vocalist Joanna Pascale, who is by now a Philadelphia legend, to sing a typical set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Instead, she blew everyone ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Dave Potter

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About Dave Potter Dave Potter is quickly becoming known as a formidable musician. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists and recorded four albums with Jason Marsalis. Following his graduation from Florida State University in 2005, he was chosen from a national pool of applicants to be a member of the Louis Armstrong ...

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Article: Album Review

Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor

Read "The 3dom Factor" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Legendary drummer Barry Altschul, known for his historic collaborations with innovative and influential musicians as Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers, knows much about the concept of freedom in music. To be free, as he states in the liner notes, one needs choices and a large vocabulary of musical choices. Atlschul has plenty of choices. ...

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Article: Race and Jazz

Race and Jazz Criticism

Read "Race and Jazz Criticism" reviewed by Greg Thomas


When I began this Race and Jazz series several months ago, I knew the topics I wanted to touch upon, and the general culture vs. race point-of-view I intended to pursue. With those chord changes (topics) and that melodic perspective (pro-culture, anti-race) in mind and at play, I figured I'd proceed with the rest by ear. ...

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Article: Album Review

Max Roach / Archie Shepp: The Long March

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Recorded live in concert at the Willisau Jazz Festival on August 30, 1979, The Long March documents another of drummer Max Roach's historic duo collaborations with the leaders of the jazz avant-garde. This stellar date with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp follows Streams of Consciousness (Piadrum, 1977), with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and Birth and Rebirth (Black Saint, ...


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