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Harold McNair: Flute & Nut

6 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Harold McNair is barely known today. Yet he was one of the prettiest and most exciting modern flutists of the late 1960s and very early '70s. He was a beautiful saxophonist as well. McNair got off to a slow start...        

Clifford Scott: Out Front

12 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jazz fans view the saxophone narrowly. What I mean is that we tend to think of the reed instrument in a straight line from Frankie Trumbauer in the '20s and Benny Carter and Bud Freeman in the '30s to Chu...        

Moody: Groovin’ High

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The Rifftides staff almost let March 26 go by without acknowledging that this is James Moody’s birthday. The master of several saxophones and the flute was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. At 21, following his tour with the US Air Force, Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie’s trailblazing 1946 big band. In the late forties, with […]

Pete Magadini: Bones Blues

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The 1970s were a no-man's land for acoustic jazz. The rise of album rock, arena concerts and electronic instruments led to the growing popularity of psychedelic jazz-rock fusion and funk, especially on college campuses. Many jazz labels during this period...        

Mr. P.C. Found

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

You must have been wondering—haven’t we all?—what happened to Mr. P.C.’s Guide To Jazz Etiquette And Bandstand Decorum. The jazz world’s indispensible source of advice has become harder to find, but not impossible. His latest installment has to do with CDs, their ubiquity or the lack of it, and how to properly dispose of one […]

New Releases Coming to Jazz from Gallery 41

Jimmy Greene "Flowers: Beautiful Life - Volume 2" (Mack Avenue Records)Celebrating the life of his 6 year old daughter Ana Márquez-Greene who was one of the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives on 14 December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Show More Summary

Rafael, Candi and Gene

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Rafael Viñoly, the architect who designed 432 Park Ave., currently the tallest residential tower in the world, for my "House Call" column (go here). For those who aren't up on street...        

It’s Steve Kuhn’s Birthday

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Pianist Steve Kuhn, born in 1938, is celebrating his birthday. Let’s celebrate with him as he, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Billy Drummond play Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation.” Kuhn’s unaccompanied introduction explores a harmonic...Show More Summary

Al Grey, Sinatra and the Sands

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Before I tell you what I'm writing about today, listen to this... That's trombonist Al Grey soloing on Quincy Jones's arrangement of Makin' Whoopie. The song appears on the album Sinatra at the Sands, featuring the Count Basie Orchestra live...       Related Stories Count Basie: Europe, 1972 + '76 Count Basie: Europe, 1972 Count Basie: High Voltage  

Kellaway And Beets Play Sir Paul

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

This evening, pianists Roger Kellaway (US) and Peter Beets (Netherlands) are collaborating at New York City’s Sheen Center. It’s part of the Jazz On Bleecker Street series. Their concert is scheduled to include a medley of pieces written by the British nobleman Paul McCartney. Here is an earlier encounter of the pianists playing works by […]

Oscar Dennard: Phantom Pianist

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Precious little is known about Oscar Dennard. A gifted pianist with octopus hands and superb time, Dennard made far too few recordings and wasn't alive long enough to be fully appreciated or routinely interviewed. Now, with the release of The...        

Lee Morgan: I Called Him Morgan

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jazz is the only form of American music that comes with a built-in film noir. As a nocturnal sub-culture, jazz has its own language, its own style and its own cynical way of looking at the world. Along the way,...       Related Stories Lee Morgan: The Rajah  

The bit is a basic unit of information in computing and digital communications

The bit is equivalent to the unit shannon, a basic unit of information in computing and digital communications, named after Claude Shannon, and may therefore be physically implemented with a two-state device. These values are most commonly represented as either a 0 or 1. The term bit is a portmanteau of binary digit, in information theory. […]

What’s In A Name? Plenty, If The Name Is Cuneiform

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Cuneiform is an independent label recording music that is out of the mainstream. The Claudia Quartet, Wadada Leo Smith and Thinking Plague are on the Cuneiform roster, and it has groups with even wider orbits—Bent Knee from Boston, for instance, the Norwegian quintet I.P.A., the British jazz-punk rock group called Led Bib, and Naima, a […]

Chuck Berry: (1926-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Chuck Berry, a singing electric blues guitarist with a remarkably limber stage presence who pioneered rock 'n' roll and single-handedly put the saxophone out of business as a lead R&B instrument in 1955, died on March 18. He was 90....        

Spring 2017

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

In the northern hemisphere, it is the first day of spring. In our corner of the Pacific Northwest, the season dawned grey, cloudy and looking as if any minute the sky might open up with rain rather than sunshine. We’re compensating with a photograph that expresses hope. Coming out of a relentlessly snowy winter around […]

Interview: Roger Kellaway

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., pianists Roger Kellaway and Peter Beets will be appearing together as a duet at New York's Sheen Center as part of producer Pat Philips' Jazz on Bleecker Street concert series. They will be...       Related Stories Interview: Marcos Valle  

Pilots of purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales

Today is all about things that move forward, and fast. Rainbow Island come first. Their name, potentially inspired by the 1989 Amiga platform is apt. This drum and synth music definitely sounds like a good candidate to soundtrack the prances and jaunts of a Bubby and Bobby of Bubble Bobble fame, as they traverse a […]

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