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Thelonious Monk

With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music— let alone modern culture—simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition, spanning the entire history of the music from the “stride” masters of James P. Johnson and Willie “the Lion” Smith to the tonal freedom and kinetics of the “avant garde.” And he shares with Edward “Duke” Ellington the distinction of being one of the century’s greatest American composers

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Meet Andy Bey

Read "Meet Andy Bey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 2000. Listening for the first time to Andy Bey is like stepping into a quiet, still lake. Your foot first parts a surface that's smooth and tranquil, but you can't really tell from that surface how deeply your foot must ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited

Read "Consequences Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 2020 reissue of the New York Contemporary Five recordings from 1963-64 can't help but draw one's attention to the social unrest occurring in America in 2020. In 1964 the riots in Harlem and Philadelphia over police brutality were followed by similar riots a few years later in Watts, Newark, Detroit, etc. In the growing civil ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peripheral Vision: Irrational Revelation And Mutual Humiliation

Read "Irrational Revelation And Mutual Humiliation" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Irrational Revelation & Mutual Humiliation sees Peripheral Vision celebrating their outfit's ten-year anniversary of collaboration. During that time, the group has released four studio albums and one live recording (Spectable: Live!, 2011), each time presenting fresh and stirring new music written by the leaders Don Scott and Michael Herring. More than anything though, the Canadian quartet ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rava/Herbert/Guidi- Flusso Sonoro Senza Fine

Read "Rava/Herbert/Guidi- Flusso Sonoro Senza Fine" reviewed by Paolo Marra

A Settembre del 2015 nell'ambito del Nylon Festival a Vercelli si esibiva per la prima volta il trio composto dal trombettista Enrico Rava, il pioniere della musica elettronica e compositore Matthew Herbert e il pianista Giovanni Guidi. A seguito del positivo riscontro di pubblico e critica i tre musicisti decisero di tenere nell'arco dell'anno successivo un ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George DeLancey: Paradise

Read "Paradise" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is it acceptable to label a musical recording as “delicious"? If so, it describes bassist George DeLancey's sophomore release Paradise. He presents eight compositions, half from his pen and the remaining from Oscar Pettiford, John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, and Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein. The eight tracks, none of which tops five minutes, are well balanced with solos ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hansen - Peeter Uuskyla: JULY 1, 1979

Read "JULY 1, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The year was 1979. Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols died, so did jazz legend Charles Mingus. While punk rock was in a duel with disco, jazz as commercial music was dying the death of a thousand cuts. Miles Davis was in hiding, as jazz fusion (the disco equivalent in jazz) was forcing the retirement of ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Kenny Drew and His Progressive Piano

Read "Kenny Drew and His Progressive Piano" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

As a commercial release, the 12-inch LP Kenny Drew and His Progressive Piano has a curious history. It was also released under the title The Modernity of Kenny Drew and contained music from two recording sessions, one held in jny: New York City In 1953 and the second in jny: Los Angeles in 1954. Some of ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles

Read "Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Pianist, composer, conceptual artist Jason Moran on truth versus passion, promoting the “Freedom Principles," America's unfortunate way of forgetting the past, when innovation becomes rhetoric, what it means for African American musicians to move freely “from the stage to the table," the power dynamic in choosing repertoire, coming up in Houston among a generation of jazz ...


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