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Rudy Van Gelder

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Rudy Van Gelder - recording engineer, master audiophile Rudy Van Gelder started recording artists such as Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley in the early 50's, in the comfort of his parent’s living room. It wasn't until 1959 that he opened his studio on Englewood Cliffs and along with Alfred Lion, changed the way Jazz was being recorded. In the fifty plus years that Rudy has been working it is estimated that he has recorded, mixed and mastered over 2000 albums not only for Blue Note but Verve Records, Impulse!, CTI and many others. Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion and Van Gelder first met when musician Gil Melle introduced them in 1953

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Article: Interview

Ricky Ford: From Across the Sea

Read "Ricky Ford: From Across the Sea" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Ricky Ford is a badass tenor saxophonist. Many will recall his fierce and strong playing on his Muse releases in the '80s. Others may be aware that he was a stalwart member of big bands like the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and with Charles Mingus and later the Mingus Dynasty band. ...

Article: Album Review

Tony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited

Read "Life Time & Spring Revisited" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Tony Williams è uno dei più importanti batteristi della storia. Non solo del jazz, ma della musica in generale. Solitamente questa considerazione, ampiamente condivisa, fa riferimento alla sua lunga esperienza come batterista dei quintetti di Miles Davis della seconda metà degli anni sessanta ed eventualmente al suo ruolo di leader del gruppo Tony Williams Lifetime nato ...

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Article: Album Review

Anthony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited

Read "Life Time & Spring Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Drummer Tony Williams' first two albums as leader, recorded for Blue Note in 1964 and 1965—Life Time when he was only eighteen years old, Spring when he was nineteen—still sound delightfully fresh all these years after their original release. At the time he made them, Williams was a rising star with Miles Davis' second and third ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Weiss: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Edward Blanco


An in-demand veteran of the vibrant New York jazz scene since the '80s, pianist Michael Weiss presents the warm and engaging Persistence, his fifth as a leader and first on the Cellar Live label, as well as being his first since the critically acclaimed Soul Journey, (Sintra Records, 2003). The long time span between recordings, despite ...

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Article: Profile

How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul

Read "How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul" reviewed by Peter Jones


Last summer, an online-only big band called The Sages of Future Soul recorded their arrangement of Moonchild's “The List," featuring reeds wunderkind Alexa Tarantino. What strikes you on listening to the Sages' version is not so much that it has transcended its origins, but that the original tune has such inbuilt jazz sensibility. Moonchild's Andris Mattson ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Read "Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the double-disc Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. But the best thing about it is that the leader, flutist and saxophonist Greg Abate, ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell

Read "Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Greg Abate Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron Whaling City Sound 2021 Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the ...

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Article: Album Review

John Coltrane: Chasin' The Trane Revisited

Read "Chasin' The Trane Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A high-tide moment in jazz history, John Coltrane's November 1-5 1961 engagement at New York's Village Vanguard was exhaustively documented on a series of Impulse albums during the 1960s and 1990s. Those discs have now, in autumn 2021, been supplemented by the Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's magnificent Chasin' The Trane Revisited. Before examining the new ...


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