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Paul Desmond was revered for the pure, gentle tone of his alto saxophone, and the elegant lyricism of his improvisations. For seventeen years he was the lead soloist in the most commercially successful jazz combo ever, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In an era that worshipped the frenetic, bebop style of Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond found his own sound, a tone that he claimed imitated a "dry martini." It was a sound that made him a favourite with critics and fans alike, and won him jazz poll after jazz poll. "I have won several prizes as the world's slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness." He was a modest, retiring man, known to his friends for his wit and charm

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

CTI: A Guilty Pleasure Special

Read "CTI:  A Guilty Pleasure Special" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Mike's busy in Europe so Pat goes solo with a look at controversial jazz label CTI. A lynchpin of the early seventies, record buyers loved the artwork, high production values and impeccable musicianship, but hard-core jazzbos and critics were suspicious that owner Creed Taylor was putting too much sugar into the mixes, not to mention those ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

Read "CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)" reviewed by Chris May


Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over ...

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Article: Album Review

Lajos Dudas: Radio Days Vol. 2

Read "Radio Days Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The previous compilation Radio Days: The Music Of Lajos Dudas (JazzSick Records, 2016) was released to celebrate German-Hungarian jazz clarinetist/composer Lajos Dudas' 75th birthday. It collected performances dating from 1984 to the early 2000s: about twenty years. The new volume's coverage is both wider and deeper. The dates range from 1976 to 2017—over forty years—and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Anna Kaluza / Jan Roder: Am Frankfurter Tor

Read "Am Frankfurter Tor" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The remarkable debut Am Frankfurter Tor by the duo of alto saxophonist Anna Kaluza and double bassist Jan Roder is both an introduction (sort of) and confirmation (absolutely) of two complete musicians. It is a sort of introduction because listeners are more likely to be familiar with the recorded output of Roder in ensembles such as ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Brubeck: Live From Vienna 1967

Read "Live From Vienna 1967" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Considered one of the foremost exponents of the cool jazz style--despite often generating intense block-chorded heat as a pianist--Dave Brubeck was also known to lead the finest quartet bands in the jazz world. Of the several groups he led throughout his career, the most successful version was his classic quartet from 1958 to 1968 comprised of ...

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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: Album Review

Dave Brubeck Trio: Live From Vienna 1967

Read "Live From Vienna 1967" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


The lure of a lively good party has long made Hamburg, Germany, a global destination spot. Young and old, male and female, and all in between have, at one time or another, succumbed to the city's salacious history, its tantalizing port of entry, its raucous streets, denizens, and rathskellers. So, can we really judge or speculate ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Town Hall: Satchmo to Cecil

Read "Town Hall: Satchmo to Cecil" reviewed by David Brown


I picked up a Blue Note box set titled One Night with Blue Note Preserved. It contains a concert presented at Town Hall, NYC in February of 1985 which relaunched the historic label after years of dormancy. Tonight, in addition to selections from this concert—Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and others—we'll explore other live recordings ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason

Read "Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 741st Episode of Neon Jazz with actress, singer and artist force Luba Mason with a song off her latest album Triangle. After that, we hear from her husband in Panamanian Grammy Winner Ruben Blades. We also honor the life of late drummer Dottie Dodgion as we hear from Wayne Enstice, the co-author of ...


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