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Scott Hamilton is the premier 'mainstream' saxophonist of today. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1954, he came along at the time when the kind of jazz he loved-the small-group swing of such great stylists as Illinois Jacquet and Eddie Lockjaw Davis-was out of fashion, and largely out of the public ear. Scott's handsome sound and impeccable phrasing were a rare commodity among young jazzmen. So when he signed to Concord Records, and began making albums for label boss and mainstream advocate Carl Jefferson, it caused surprise and excitement among both devotees of the style, and in the wider musical world. His first Concord set, [Scott Hamilton is A Good Wind Who IS Blowing Us No Ill] was made in 1977 and took it’s title from an admiring remark from veteran jazz critic Leonard Feather

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Article: Radio

Past Grapplin'

Read "Past Grapplin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Since the seventies, it's arguable that most jazz musicians work in “old" idioms (even if they mix and match them in new ways), but this episode's artists each take on aspects of jazz's past that seem, well, more past than most. Sometimes the commitment to the older idiom is complete, sometimes it comes and goes, but ...

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Take Five with Zvonimir Tot

Read "Take Five with Zvonimir Tot" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Musician Zvonimir Tot: Zvonimir Tot (z-VON-e-mere TOTE) is a jny: Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer and arranger with a style deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but flavored by his European origin. Tot has performed in the United States, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, and Spain. He has performed ...

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Article: Interview

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May


Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

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Birdsong

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Just Friends; Yardbird Suite; This is Always; Star Eyes; Quasimodo; All God's Chillun Got Rhythm; Dearly Beloved; Out of Nowhere; If I Should Lose You; My Old Flame; Bluebird.

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Article: Album Review

Susie Meissner: Tea for Two

Read "Tea for Two" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Natural but determined evolution makes for well conceived and produced projects. Vocalist Susie Meissner has proved this statement as she progressed from her debut recording I'll Remember April (Lydian Jazz, 2009), through her sophomore effort, I'm Confessin' (Lydian Jazz, 2011) to the present Tea for Two. Using a well-worn repertoire, Meissner, mostly with the support of ...

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Dave Milligan: Momento

Read "Momento" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Momento is a piano trio album, its instrumental line-up of piano, bass and drums being common to many jazz recordings over the decades. But Dave Milligan and his compatriots--bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer U. T. Gandhi--have produced a distinctive and beautiful set of tunes which set this particular piano trio apart from its peers. The explanation ...

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Article: Radio

Acoustic Jazz in the 70’s - McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Sonny Rollins, VSOP, Scott Hamilton (1972 - 1978)

Read "Acoustic Jazz in the 70’s - McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Sonny Rollins, VSOP, Scott Hamilton (1972 - 1978)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Jazz-rock fusion was a powerful force in the music in the early seventies, but noticeably began to run out of steam mid-decade. European influences began to gain traction as the decade progressed as represented by the rise of ECM. American acoustic jazz musicians, who seemed to be taken for granted, continued to produce fine music and ...

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Article: Interview

Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...

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Brian Kellock: Bidin' My Time

Read "Bidin' My Time" reviewed by Michael S. Clark


Some of the finest musicians in jazz music are among the most self-effacing people on the planet. The Scottish pianist, Brian Kellock, is one such personality. For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock has, more often than not, been the first-call pianist on stage and in the studio for jazz musicians such as Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, ...


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