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One of the premier bassists in jazz history, Paul Chambers had it all: a beautiful tone, a fluid technique, a great choice of notes, impeccable time and a magnificent sense of swing. He could even take a bowed solo and keep it interesting and in tune. Paul Chambers was born in Pittsburgh in 1935, and grew up in Detroit, where he became part of the city's growing jazz scene. He moved to New York, where he played in the {{J.J. Johnson = 8101}}-{{Kai Winding = 11467}} quintet. He joined Miles Davis' first legendary quintet along with {{John Coltrane = 5851}}, {{"Philly" Joe Jones = 8188}}, and {{Red Garland = 6951}}, at the age of 20

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Live Europe 1960 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: So What; On Green Dolphin Street; Walkin’; All Blues; So What.

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Article: Album Review

Miles Davis Quintet: Live Europe 1960 Revisited

Read "Live Europe 1960 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A high proportion of the studio albums recorded by Miles Davis from the mid 1950s until Bitches Brew (Columbia) in 1970 are landmark ones, so frequent and so momentous were the occasions on which Davis adjusted his direction. With a few exceptions, notably My Funny Valentine (Columbia, 1964), this is less true of the live albums ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Laura Simone-Martin

Read "Meet Laura Simone-Martin" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography

Read "John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography" reviewed by Steve Cook


So much to hear and so little time. The immensity of the recording legacy of John Coltrane as leader, co-leader and side player can be daunting for newcomers and long-time fans alike. Without needing to argue for the place of Coltrane's oeuvre in history, the following proposes a year-long calendar by which to experience and enjoy ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

What Next After Kind of Blue?

Read "What Next After Kind of Blue?" reviewed by Steve Cook


For those dipping a first toe into jazz, the Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959) is a common initial purchase or listen for many plausible reasons. Web searches for “best jazz albums of all time," or the like, bring up numerous lists that put it at the top and on newcomers' radars. Prominent placement ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums

Read "Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums" reviewed by Chris May


The history of modern jazz is a short one, but even so there are few musicians whose careers began in the bop era and who are still with us in 2022. Drummer Roy Haynes is one. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is another. Both players recorded with trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell in 1949.

Article: Album Review

Nortonk: Nortonk

Read "Nortonk" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nato nel 2017 con tutti i componenti sotto i 25 anni, il quartetto Nortonk prende il nome dal batterista Kevin Norton, insegnante del programma jazz al William Paterson College. È un omaggio di allievi che hanno ben assimilato la sua estetica di musicista creativo e sperimentatore d'avanguardia. L'organico senza strumento armonico già svela ...

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Article: Album Review

Ryan Keberle's Collectiv Do Brasil: Sonhos Da Esquina

Read "Sonhos Da Esquina" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Trombonist Ryan Keberle fell in love with Brazilian music. It happens. Who has not experienced infatuation on an encounter with Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1964), from saxophonist Stan Getz and vocalist, guitarist & tunesmith Joao Gilberto. But for Keberle, it was the music of Elis Regina that led him to travels to Sao Paulo in 2017, and a ...


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