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Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra: Future Steps: Live at Jazzaar Festival 2014

Read "Future Steps: Live at Jazzaar Festival 2014" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This engaging in-concert album by the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra and an array of renowned guest artists is properly described in an accompanying press release as “Bandstand Learning with Role Models," as indeed it is. The SYJO is literally surrounded by them (role models, that is), with the more seasoned players handling the bulk of the ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: A Fusion Legacy

Read "Randy Brecker:  A Fusion Legacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

On stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland last July, the ubiquitous trumpeter Randy Brecker lowered his horn after playing two joyous and funky numbers on the stage that is one of the festivals largest venues, serving as a hockey arena during the appropriate season. There were throngs of people, sitting and standing, gleefully ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tom Guarna: Mad Scientist

Read "Tom Guarna: Mad Scientist" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I've known Brooklyn-born guitarist Tom Guarna for maybe twelve years, give or take. He used to literally live around the corner from my apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We worked together in a band that drumming phenomenon Rodney Holmes had put ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Piloo Records To Release CD/DVD Set Randy Brecker's The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

Piloo Records To Release CD/DVD Set Randy Brecker's The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

AVAILABLE ONLINE SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AVAILABLE IN STORES OCTOBER 8, 2013 Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger, sax-playing brother Michael helped define a sub-genre by blending sophisticated jazz harmonies and searing solos with slamming funk grooves and a visceral energy that grabbed rock ears. The Philly-born Brecker Brothers set ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Arista Albums Collection

Read "The Complete Arista Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Barney McAll: One to Watch

Read "Barney McAll: One to Watch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published in 2001. All About Jazz: First, if you don't mind, tell me some other biographical details (where did you study?) Barney McAll: I was born in Melbourne Australia. I started playing piano at seven years old. My older brother John, was very influential on me ...

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Wayne Shorter Live at Montreux 1996 - Available on DVD February 17

Wayne Shorter Live at Montreux 1996 - Available on DVD February 17

On February 17, 2009, Eagle Rock Entertainment, through its Eagle Eye subsidiary, will release Wayne Shorter Live at Montreux 1996 on DVD. This fascinating night captures an American treasure on one of his many stops at the acclaimed jazz festival. Coming up in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1950s, Shorter became an important component of ...


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