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Article: Liner Notes

Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'

Read "Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Chances are that if you're reading these notes right now you're more than a bit familiar with the talents of tenor saxophonists Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart and might even have picked up Wailin' (Criss 1258), their first effort together leading a quintet billed as Reeds and Deeds. As such, it would probably be redundant to ...

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Article: Album Review

Alma Tree: Sonic Alchemy Suprema

Read "Sonic Alchemy Suprema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


New York native Ra Kalam Bob Moses grew up in the same building as Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Early on he saw performances by many of the best jazz drummers in history, including Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins, and Ed Blackwell. As a teenager in the mid-1960s, he played with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Christmas Show with Norah Jones and Mars Williams

Read "The Christmas Show with Norah Jones and Mars Williams" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This holiday show features Christmas-related jazz, some of it warm and cozy, some of it anything but. Artists heard include Norah Jones, Mars Williams, Benny Goodman, 3D Jazz Trio, and John Coltrane. Playlist Jerry Granelli Trio “Christmas Time Is Here" from The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison (RareNoise) 00:00 Host ...

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Article: Profile

Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George


Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...

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Article: Live Review

French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference

Read "French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli


Palais du Pharo/Théâtre La Criée European Jazz Conference Showcases Marseille, France September 14-17, 2023 The showcase program of the 9th European Jazz Conference (see separate article) was inaugurated in the comfortable Auditorium of the Palais du Pharo--the main venue of the conference--by the Orchid Big Band. Born inside the musical collective ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Slightly Latin Set, Wilbur Ware at 100, and the Wailin' Mailman from DC

Read "A Slightly Latin Set, Wilbur Ware at 100, and the Wailin' Mailman from DC" reviewed by David Brown


This week we kick things off with a slightly Latin set with Roland Kirk, Aymee Nuviola, Tito Puente and Michel Camilo. Then three pieces of silver from Horace Silver move into a birthday tribute set to bassist Wilbur Ware. Coming home from the DC Jazz fest had me listening to DC artists such as Ellington and ...

Article: Under the Radar

Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo

Read "Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Randy California, nato nel 1951 a Los Angeles come Randy Craig Wolfe, iniziò a suonare la chitarra giovanissimo, aiutato dalla madre, una musicista folk, che gli insegnò le prime posizioni sulla tastiera. La madre Bernice era sorella di Ed Pearl, proprietario del locale Ash Grove e il giovane Randy si ritrovò a vivere in prima persona ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Darius Jones, Lakecia Benjamin, Teddy Edwards and More

Read "Darius Jones, Lakecia Benjamin, Teddy Edwards and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features saxophonists such as Darius Jones, Teddy Edwards, and Lakecia Benjamin, the big band music of Horace Tapscott, and a lot more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Henriette Muller “Memories of a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Bacharach to Earscratcher with a Serving of Soul Jazz In Between

Read "From Bacharach to Earscratcher with a Serving of Soul Jazz In Between" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we “Say a Little Prayer" for Burt Bacharach (RIP) with songs performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Anthony Braxton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. A soulful set of Sonny Stitt leads us into a birthday shout out to band leader Chick Webb. Things get spicy with The Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook Vols 1-3 featuring Philly's Queen ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux

Read "Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There are a myriad of reasons as to why two musicians may have a special chemistry. They may be aesthetic pertaining to style, or philosophical in terms of what direction their personal musical journeys are headed. For pianist Hal Galper and guitarist John Scofield, two recordings on the German Enja label in 1979 and 1980 demonstrated ...


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