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Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

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As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

Caution: Brief Column Ahead...

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This may be one of the shortest columns I've written in fourteen-plus years at All About Jazz. The fact is, not much has happened this month in our little corner of big band jazz, and there is almost nothing to report. About all we can do is look forward to events on the horizon: Jazz Under ...

The "Desert Island" Revisited

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Back in the last millennium, shortly after this column first saw the light of day, I posted a list of twenty “desert island" albums, those that would be snugly ensconced in a crash-proof, water-tight carrying case should yours truly ever be marooned on a miniature atoll with nothing to relieve the boredom save palm trees, coconuts, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Marching to a Jazz Tempo

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March came in like a lion in Albuquerque with no less than four blue-chip jazz concerts in the first five days, three of which I attended, passing on the first (the Charlie Christian Project featuring guitarist Michael Anthony and trumpeter Bobby Shew at The Outpost Performance Space) because Betty and I had seen basically the same ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . .

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Just west of Albuquerque, across the Rio Grande River, lies the picturesque village of Corrales (population around 7,500). Among its residents (and natural resources) is world-renowned jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew. With a musician of his caliber within arm's reach, it would have been imprudent not to call upon him to take part in the village's Music ...

Three Point Landing

Label: Half Note Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Samba de Baca; Shoe Suede Blues; Body and Soul; Cerromar; On Bourbon Street; Don Quixote; No More School; You Don

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tony Vacca: Three Point Landing

Read "Three Point Landing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I first heard saxophonist Tony Vacca almost fifteen years ago with Rob Parton's JazzTech Big Band. He impressed me then, and has done so again with Three Point Landing, whose title denotes Vacca's journey from Chicago through New Orleans to Phoenix, Arizona, where he now lives, performs and teaches. The album was obviously recorded during Vacca's ...

Three Point Landing

Label: Half Note Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Samba de Baca; 2. Shoe Suede Blues; 3. Body and Soul; 4. Cerromar; 5. On Bourbon St.; 6. Don Quixote; 7. No More School; 8. You Don't Know What Love Is; 9. Sugar.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tony Vacca: Three Point Landing

Read "Three Point Landing" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

A welcome change from the all-too-familiar musical extremes of pop-influenced sonic assaults and empty virtuosity, saxophonist/flutist Tony Vacca’sThree Point Landingis one of those rare recordings that is both accessible and invigorating. The band plays as if they’re in front of a knowing, responsive audience, instead of the impersonal confines of a recording studio. Making no claim ...


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