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Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Henderson: The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2

Read "The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2" reviewed by Greg Simmons

If any jazz performance from the 1980s could be thought of as a landmark statement, Joe Henderson's live State of the Tenor sessions would surely float to the top of the list. Recorded at the Village Vanguard over three nights in November 1985 and originally released on Blue Note Records two years later, State of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 24, 2017 This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz

Read "Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz Fred Hersch 307 Pages ISBN: #9781101904343 Crown Archetype Press 2017 Disclaimer #1: Like the author, I harbor a blood pathogen (he HIV, me Leukemia) that is intent on killing me. Disclaimer #2: Being of similar ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA August 18, 2017 In this supremely swinging hard bop set, Toronto-born New York saxophonist Grant Stewart joined long-time Philadelphia musicians: organist Lucas Brown, drummer Dan Monaghan, and special guest John Swana to knock out standards with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Melissa Aldana: Back Home

Read "Back Home" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Back Home, quarto disco da leader di Melissa Aldana, sassofonista cilena vincitrice del prestigioso Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competion 2013, ha tutte le caratteristiche per diventare un piccolo classico del genere. Per la maturità dimostrata dalla ventisettenne sassofonista, la rigorosità del repertorio, la solidità del trio, la definizione del suono. Le nove composizioni del disco, otto ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way

Read "Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Morality matters to all of us. We protest when we are robbed or defrauded. We praise heroes and heroines. We condemn moral monsters. We laud a Mother Teresa and condemn a Ted Bundy. We recognize good and bad habits. We rebuke those who do evil; we praise those who do good. We attempt to honor our ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms: From the Region

Read "From the Region" reviewed by Mark Corroto

An imagined overheard conversation in heaven between Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi goes something like this: “If only all music could swing this hard, there would be no need for war."Okay, maybe it wasn't MLK and Gandhi, but it could have been Horace Silver and Joey Ramone.In a trio format, Vibraphonist ...

Miles Davis, Volume 1 and 2 -- Blue Note 1501 and 1502

Read "Miles Davis, Volume 1 and 2 -- Blue Note 1501 and 1502" reviewed by Marc Davis

Miles Davis didn't record much for Blue Note Records, just three sessions in three years. So it's odd that the very first two CDs in Blue Note's classic 1500 series--the 100 albums from the 1950s that made Blue Note the top label in hard bop--are from Miles Davis. They're not bad records, but they're ...


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