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Sonny Rollins

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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Clifton Anderson

Clifton Anderson was born on October 5, 1957 in Harlem, New York City. He grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist /choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. It was no surprise that Clifton exhibited an affinity for music at an early age. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins.

Clifton attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. In 1974 he spent one year at The State University of New York at Stony Brook studying under Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter. He continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music degree

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kevin Sun: (Un)seaworthy

Read "(Un)seaworthy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he's a relative newcomer to the jazz world, having released his debut album, Trio (Endectomorph Music) in 2018, tenor saxophonist Kevin Sun is well on his way toward staking a major claim as a distinctive composer and soloist. After an excellent two-disc effort, The Sustain of Memory (Endectomorph) in 2019, he's now adding to his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George Coleman: In Baltimore

Read "In Baltimore" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

At 85, tenor saxophonist George Coleman has sat in on and made his presence mightily known on a host of flat out, hard bopping sessions beginning with B.B. King through Max Roach, Miles Davis, Booker Little, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock and . . . well, you should have got the larger picture by now.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

Read "Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David S. Ware New Quartet: Théâtre Garonne, 2008

Read "Théâtre Garonne, 2008" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

È giusto ricordare un gigante come David S. Ware. La quantità di energia e poesia che egli convoglia nella propria musica e nel suono poderoso del sax tenore (e stritch) lo accomuna a grandi come Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler. L'etichetta AUM Fidelity lo ricorda con merito nella collana a lui appositamente dedicata, denominata DSW-ARC ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman

Read "The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

I have to be honest. When I approached Zev Feldman about doing this interview I really had no idea what an “archival producer" was. I had the impression that it was a very solitary task that involved working in some, half-lit, library basement searching through dusty stacks. I came to understand that it's really more about ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Farnsworth: Friends In High Places

Read "Joe Farnsworth: Friends In High Places" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Joe Farnsworth is one of the top jazz drummers working today, with a resume that includes some of the absolute greats. His muscular swing and precise timekeeping have been attractive to employers like Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, George Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Alexander, Benny Golson and many more. He likes to say ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Last Dance (for Now)

Read "Last Dance (for Now)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

So, this is our “last dance" at least for now, and we hope to have new Gifts & Messages shows in 2021. As many of you know, even this is only a two-hour show, it's almost a full-time job, with listening to new/old music, selecting tunes, doing the program-specific research and lots of reading, in addition ...


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