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Tommy Flanagan

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Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient. As genial and matter-of-fact off the stand as he is fiercely individual at the keys, Tommy Flanagan handles his world class ranking with an equanimity, a modesty, an easy friendliness not always associated with the psychic burden of being Number One. Perhaps because almost instant early recognition by his peers and the universal affection in which he has been held by them over the years has made for a warm and artistically rewarding roost in the jazz jungle for Tommy Flanagan. Or perhaps it is owing to his wholesome origins, as one of six children of an upwardly striving, musically enthusiastic family in Detroit. Whatever, Flanagan made his professional debut in 1945 at age 15, joining forces with fellow Motor City budding heavyweights Milt Jackson, Thad Jones, Elvin Jones and Kenny Burrell, playing clubs like the Bluebird, Detroit’s renowned jazz room

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea

Read "Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a survey of recordings from jazz festivals past and present: Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, Montreux Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Willisau in Switzerland, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Essen Jazz Festival in West Germany, Festival of Improvised Music in France, East-West Festival in Nuremberg Germany, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To say that Mesmerism by the Tyshawn Sorey Trio is a departure from the drummer's regular programming is an understatement. Rather than perform his own compositions, he has assembled this trio to perform some jazz classics and standards. Sorey only held a brief rehearsal before recording this studio session. Typically, he prefers intricate arrangements and repeated ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums

Read "Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums" reviewed by Chris May


The history of modern jazz is a short one, but even so there are few musicians whose careers began in the bop era and who are still with us in 2022. Drummer Roy Haynes is one. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is another. Both players recorded with trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell in 1949.

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Flanagan's birthday today! Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient. As genial and matter-of-fact off the stand as he is fiercely individual at the keys, Tommy Flanagan handles his world class ranking with an equanimity, a modesty, an easy friendliness not always associated with ...

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Article: Album Review

Ryan Keberle's Collectiv Do Brasil: Sonhos Da Esquina

Read "Sonhos Da Esquina" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Trombonist Ryan Keberle fell in love with Brazilian music. It happens. Who has not experienced infatuation on an encounter with Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1964), from saxophonist Stan Getz and vocalist, guitarist & tunesmith Joao Gilberto. But for Keberle, it was the music of Elis Regina that led him to travels to Sao Paulo in 2017, and a ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

Read "Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely ...

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas

Read "Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas" reviewed by Jim Trageser


The Putumayo World Music compilations have achieved an enviable brand status with their wide-ranging stylistic variety and the distinctively cheerful covers by artist Lisa Gonzalez. The latest entry, Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas joins previous entrants Putumayo Presents New Orleans Christmas (2007) and Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas (2008) in offering collections of ...


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