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Paul Motian: There's a Million Songs Out There

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2006. Paul Motian doesn't like being interviewed. That said, the 75-year-old drummer has plenty to say, and doesn't hesitate to speak his mind. Motian first came to prominence in the late 1950s as one-third (with bassist Scott LaFaro and ...


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John Hollenbeck's September Songs

Read "John Hollenbeck's September Songs" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

John Hollenbeck's productivity would be astonishing in its own right, but the uniformly high quality of this high output places the drummer among the top tier of jazz (and not only jazz) musicians. Hollenbeck's recordings, compositions and performances defy certain expectations. He can be as seriously intellectual as a stereotypically stuffy classical musician, but his music ...


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Nils Petter Molvaer: Skeletons, Samples and Fish Fillets

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There's no overstating the impact that Nils Petter Molvær's debut CD Khmer made when it was released on the ECM label in 1997. The Norwegian trumpeter/composer was no stranger to ECM and its founder/producer Manfred Eicher-- Molvær had been a member of the collective jazz group Masqualero, that had released records on the label, and he'd ...


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All About Jazz Celebrates the North American Release of Nils Petter Molvaer's Hamada

All About Jazz Celebrates the North American Release of Nils Petter Molvaer's Hamada

When released internationally in 2009, Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær's Hamada was heralded as “anything Molvær has done before," with its “stunning growth and unexpected directional shifts" making “Hamada one of Molvær's most moving and challenging records to date." (John Kelman                  , All About Jazz). To celebrate Thirsty Ear's North American release of Hamada ...


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Joe Fonda: Rhythmic Architect

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Bassist Joe Fonda has nourished so many groups and projects with his unerring time, deep and constant imagination and rich tone that one struggles to imagine a New York jazz scene that doesn't include him. He's played as a sideman with dozens of great, prominent players (including Anthony Braxton, with whom he played in various musical ...


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David Witham: A Sideman Steps Out

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You may not know keyboardist David Witham's work, but the chances are actually pretty good that you've actually seen him play. As the musical director for jazz/pop guitar icon George Benson, the L.A. based Witham has put in plenty of road time, and he's also done side work with Chick Corea, k.d. lang, Randy and Michael ...


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Miroslav Vitous: It Comes Down to Taste

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You can't ask for a more interesting interview subject than Miroslav Vitous, but anyone in search of self-deprecation or false modesty would be best advised to seek elsewhere. Simply put, Miroslav Vitous believes in Miroslav Vitous; he believes--no, knows--that his work is important, and he will not waste a moment pretending otherwise.That's not terribly ...


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Chris Tarry: New Challenges, New Influences, New York

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Why would a very successful musician throw his career away to become just another bassist in New York City?Well, Chris Tarry didn't exactly throw his career away. But the Calgary-born, Vancouver-based Tarry was certainly one of the most celebrated bassists in Canada. As a solo artist and one-fourth of the fusion super group Metalwood, ...


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Eberhard Weber: Please Don't Play Jazz

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It's impossible to tell the story of European jazz without mentioning bassist/composer Eberhard Weber. One of the true virtuosos of the bass, the German-born Weber has an immediately recognizable, singing tone—even when he's not performing on his trademark, self-designed electrobass. Like his American counterpart Jaco Pastorius, Weber wasn't shy about making his instrument heard—his round, supple ...


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Robin Eubanks: Master Trombonist... and Would-Be Rock Guitarist?

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Name one contemporary jazz trombonist. Robin Eubanks, right?Eubanks is only one member of a notoriously musical Philadelphia family--you're probably familiar with some of his brothers--and was playing trombone at a tender age. He moved to New York City after graduating from the Philly-based University of the Arts, and has collaborated with ...


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