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Article: The Big Question

Jazz in a Snow Globe

Read "Jazz in a Snow Globe" reviewed by Joseph Vella


One of the greatest gifts of listening to jazz is to simply get lost inside of a track and have it transport you to a state of bliss. These special pieces of music often discovered over time through countless of hours of listening. Like the diamonds of the music, no matter the era or style, they ...

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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: Interview

Pat Martino: The Continual Pulsation of the Now

Read "Pat Martino: The Continual Pulsation of the Now" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in October 2000. Listening to Pat Martino speak feels like he's playing guitar. He employs elegantly elongated lines, thoughtful and deep. He says plenty but never too much. He projects the best type of wisdom, wisdom gained by reflecting upon experience. And, boy, does Pat ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Sidran at 78: This is the other side

Read "Ben Sidran at 78: This is the other side" reviewed by Leo Sidran


For the third year in a row, I talked to musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran (my father) in honor of his birthday. This time he's turning 78, and we consider the “buddhist roots of jazz," joy and pain, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, the wisdom of Phil Woods, the final recordings of Lester Young, saxophonist Willis Jackson's 1978 ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Big April Birthdays & More

Read "Big April Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


April birthdays this week on G&M with the Carmen McRae centennial, along with the 90th birthdays of Herbie Mann, pianist Frank Strazzeri (who toured in the 1970's with Elvis!), Claude Bolling and Richard Davis (the latter 2 still with us); as well as the 80th birthdays of George Adams and the very much alive Herbie Hancock! ...

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Article: Live Review

Joey DeFrancesco at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Joey DeFrancesco at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Joey DeFrancesco Trio & Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA November 30, 2019 In the 1970s, before he became a famed performer, Joey DeFrancesco was already at the prodigious age of 10 (!) playing gigs with the likes of Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott, and Hank Mobley at ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella: Groove Machine

Read "Groove Machine" reviewed by Don Phipps


On Groove Machine, Charlie Apicalla & Iron City serves up a gumbo of styles that run from New Orleans blues and Chicago funk to Motown and New York bop. The combination makes for a “groovy" listening experience—road music that will keep the head nodding and the mind trucking. Apicella penned five of the eight numbers on ...

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Article: Live Review

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 24, 2017 This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...


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