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Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Wayne Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany as a teenager: “I remember seeing Lester Young when I was 15 years old. It was a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic show in Newark and he was late coming to the theater. Me and a couple of other guys were waiting out front of the Adams Theater and when he finally did show up, he had the pork pie hat and everything. So then we were trying to figure out how to get into the theater from the fire escape around the back. We eventually got into the mezzanine and saw that whole show — Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie bands together on stage doing ‘Peanut Vendor,’ Charlie Parker with strings doing ‘Laura’ and stuff like that

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Article: Album Review

Blue Muse: It Never Entered My Mind

Read "It Never Entered My Mind" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Blue Muse, the ensemble that tenor saxophonist Sarah Lee founded, plays mainstream jazz with elegance and vigor. The group's second recording, the delightful It Never Entered My Mind, is an engaging batch of standards crackling with vibrant spontaneity which highlights both the distinctive virtuosity and the combined artistry of the musicians involved. Pianist Horace ...

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Bévort 3: On Fire

Read "On Fire" reviewed by Ian Patterson


After a recording hiatus of seven years, Bévort 3, the trio led by Pernille Bévort, is back. Not that the Danish saxophonist-composer has been idling. Since the release of Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014), Bévort has dedicated most of her energy to expanded line-ups. Which Craft? (Gateway Music, 2016) for octet and BLIK (Self Produced, 2020) ...

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Meet Terri Lyne Carrington

Read "Meet Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2002. Drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington found her voice early. Unlike other child prodigies, she was not transfixed by her early success and has continued to grow musically. Besides her brilliance as a drummer she is now established as a bandleader ...

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Other Worlds

Read "Other Worlds" reviewed by Vic Albani


Stile e ricercatezza. La cifra di questo nuovo lavoro di due giganti del jazz contemporaneo quali Joe Lovano e Dave Douglas è tutta in questi due vocaboli. Sound Prints (che richiama nel nome la ben celebre “Footprints" fermata dal signor Wayne Shorter) è il nome del quintetto titolare di questo progetto nato nel 2013 ...

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JC Sanford: Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1

Read "Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trombone-led trios are few and far between, but Minnesota-based JC Sanford, a protégé of the late great Bob Brookmeyer, gives it a go with bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Phil Hey on Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1, whose title does not derive from imminent, as in “soon-to-be," but as in “Imminent Brewing," the trio's monthly performing ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Read "Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Denny Zeitlin's recording career began with his contribution to flutist Jeremy Steig's 1963 album Flute Fever (Columbia Records). Then Zeitlin struck out on his own, creating over five-plus decades worth of record releases on Columbia Records, Decca/ECM, Windham Hill, MaxJazz (and more) before shifting into overdrive when he connected with Sunnyside Records in 2009, on ...

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Michael Wollny: Treasures from the Wunderkammer

Read "Michael Wollny: Treasures from the Wunderkammer" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


German pianist Michael Wollny is one of the most exciting and important jazz artists of our time. His work is marked by exquisite pianism and a restless creativity and search for expression that knows no stylistic boundaries. Wollny's output has been remarkable both in quality and quantity--he is in his early 40s, and has released almost ...

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Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...


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