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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di Meola

Read "Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di Meola" reviewed by Len Davis


We go back to a few classics with Miles Davis from Decoy, Return To Forever, Tony Williams Lifetime, Niacin and Al Di MeolaPlaylist JK Special “Crossfire" from JK Special (Lipstick) 00:00 Miles Davis"That's Right" from Decoy (Columbia) 08:05 Return To Forever “Senor Mouse" from The Mothership Returns (Eagle) 16:00 Tony Williams Lifetime"Million Dollar Legs" ...

Article: Album Review

Tony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited

Read "Life Time & Spring Revisited" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Tony Williams è uno dei più importanti batteristi della storia. Non solo del jazz, ma della musica in generale. Solitamente questa considerazione, ampiamente condivisa, fa riferimento alla sua lunga esperienza come batterista dei quintetti di Miles Davis della seconda metà degli anni sessanta ed eventualmente al suo ruolo di leader del gruppo Tony Williams Lifetime nato ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz-Rock-Fusion, Early Days: 1967-1971

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We look at the early days of jazz-rock -fusion with music from 1967-1971 by Joe Zawinul Miles Davis John McLaughlin and Soft Machine. Playlist John McLaughlin “Extrapolation" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 00:00 Tony Williams Lifetime “Via The Spectrum Road" from Emergency (Verve) 07:14 Joe Zawinul “A Soul Of A Village" from The Rise And Fall ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Moran Trio: Return Trip

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Vibraphonist Matt Moran has carved out a varied musical career for himself. Among other things, he is the leader of the party band Slavic Soul Party! and a member of John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet. He also leads the atmospheric jazz trio on this CD with Gary Versace on Hammond organ and Tom Rainey on drums.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Road to Fusion - Lloyd, Burton, Williams, Zawinul and Miles (1967 - 1972)

Read "The Road to Fusion - Lloyd, Burton, Williams, Zawinul and Miles (1967 - 1972)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Jazz-rock fusion or, often, simply “fusion" emerged in the late '60s as the child of many mothers. Characterized by electric instruments and rock rhythms, it could be loud and fast, but just as likely, could be melodic or lyrical or funky. The Charles Lloyd Quartet, the Gary Burton Quartet, Tony Williams Lifetime and the Joe Zawinul ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

George Garzone: Sax In The City

Read "George Garzone: Sax In The City" reviewed by Jim Worsley


George Garzone is not the mayor of the city of Boston. If he was appointed to a position it would more likely be king. He is, at the very least, the toast of the town. This isn't news. King George has reigned with a firm grasp of his mighty tenor saxophone for close to half a ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

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In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Alan Pasqua: Keys That Unlock Many Doors

Read "Alan Pasqua: Keys That Unlock Many Doors" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Recently, and just a few days before Thanksgiving (2019), I was thankful for the opportunity to have two separate conversations with renown pianist Alan Pasqua. As generous with his time and candid commentary as he is talented as a musician and composer, both conversations crashed the one-hour mark. For you non mathematicians, that is over two ...

Article: Album Review

Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency!

Read "Emergency!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Questo album ha rivoluzionato la musica del secolo scorso. L'affermazione è forte ma è certamente condivisa da buona parte della critica. Purtroppo è un album che non ha avuto invece grande successo di pubblico e speriamo che questa riedizione curata dalla meritoria etichetta inglese Esoteric possa, almeno in parte, sanare la situazione. Il giovane batterista Tony ...


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