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It’s no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he’s recorded his full share of gems there—not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and This Is What I Do. The man often embraced as the greatest living improviser requires too much creative freedom to start playing, as he puts it, “when the red light comes on.” And his perfectionism makes it difficult, sometimes painfully so, to go through multiple takes in search of what he thinks is the least flawed one.

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Ramsey Lewis, Duke Ellington & Charlton Singleton

Read "Ramsey Lewis, Duke Ellington & Charlton Singleton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 771st Episode of Neon Jazz with South Carolina-based trumpeter Charlton Singleton with a song off his album Crossroads. From there, we hear from a legend and the headliner at Charlton's first jazz concert in Dizzy Gillespie. We also hear from some local Kansas City talent in veteran drummer Arnold Young, guitarist Alex Frank ...

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Jazz From Movie and TV Music

Read "Jazz From Movie and TV Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features jazz versions of movie and television music, both soundtrack themes and songs that originated in movies. Musicians heard on the show include Dominique Eade, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Bing Crosby, Marty Krystall, and Eri Yamamoto. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl

Read "Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Almost a century ago, times were different and folks with the gumption to forge their own paths were more likely to make a mark on history. When you think of the documentation of jazz, names like John Hammond, Francis Wolff, and Ahmet Ertegun were integral to spreading the word of America's unique art form. Far less ...

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Article: Album Review

Henry Franklin: Jazz Is Dead 14

Read "Jazz Is Dead 14" reviewed by Chris May


Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Jazz Is Dead label is a moveable feast when it comes to consistency. In its fourteen albums date, there have been some great ones, some not so great ones and a couple of duds. With bassist Henry Franklin, however, the label has come up with a blinder, its most satisfying ...

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Tony Williams and Al Foster: Give The Drummers Some

Read "Tony Williams and Al Foster: Give The Drummers Some" reviewed by Doug Collette


Are drummers the most colorful members of the jazz community? Certainly as the keepers of the beat, the bands in which they play rotate around them, whether they are at center stage or off to the side in performance or behind baffles right alongside them in the studio. And the assertive and authoritative likes of such ...

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Article: Interview

BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention... And Spontaneity

Read "BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention...  And Spontaneity" reviewed by Ian Patterson


So much goes into a debut album--a lifetime of learning, experiences and myriad influences. The music that springs forth is also often shaped in subtle and unfathomable ways that are sometimes not entirely clear even to the composer. Some musical reference points may appear obvious, others much less so, and so it is with ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Rollins' birthday today! It’s no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he’s recorded his full share of gems there—not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brandee Younger, Art Farmer, and Bill Bruford

Read "Brandee Younger, Art Farmer, and Bill Bruford" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes saxophonists, spiritual jazz and jazz-rock. Artists heard on the show include Brandee Younger, Joe Lovano, Bill Bruford, Roxy Coss, and David Virelles. 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 Roxy Coss “Ely, MN" ...

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Henry Lowther's Quarternity: Never Never Land

Read "Never Never Land" reviewed by Chris May


The British trumpeter and composer Henry Lowther, who first made an impact in the 1960s and released the well received album Can't Believe, Won't Believe (Village Life) in 2018, came to jazz via a circuitous route. After playing cornet in a provincial Salvation Army band, he moved to London around 1960 to study violin at the ...


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