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Article: Live Review

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra St. Giles' Cathedral Where Rivers Meet Edinburgh, Scotland May 15, 2021 Albert Ayler was an expressive and accomplished voice in the free jazz movement who was greatly respected by his peers. None other than John Coltrane encouraged the tenor saxophonist to join Impulse! records and even ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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

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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 ...

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Article: Interview

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

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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 ...

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Article: Live Review

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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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," ...

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Article: Book Review

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

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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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...


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