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Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

As with so many aspects of the Grateful Dead oeuvre, there's more to The Best of the Grateful Dead than meets the eyes and ears. An embossed cover the glossy likes of which don't usually adorn such compilations, plus the presence of sound arising from brand new remastering done on the bulk of the th...

Sly and the Family Stone; Live at The Fillmore East October 4th and 4th 1968

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Sly and The Family Stone's galvanizing appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in August of 1969 may well represent the pinnacle of their career, but their rise to this apogee of recognition was the culmination of a long slow climb to fame dating back even further than Sylvester Stewart's, n...

Ystad 2015 Wrapup

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Jet lag is fading. Before memories of the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival do likewise, here are brief impressions of events that I have not yet mentioned. 364 nights a year, wearing his traditional uniform and playing a valveless horn as long as he is tall, Ystad’s municipal trumpeter (pictured right) assures the town that all […]

Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Steely Dan Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio July 28, 2015 Back in April, Steely Dan got the busses loaded up for their semi regular touring season that included a few nights at Coachella. July 6th then brought forth the official summer tour, with twenty-three dates set through the middle of...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the Wall Street Journal this week, I had the honor of interviewing Oscar Robertson (go here), one of the NBA's greatest players of all time. Known as the "Big O," Oscar set a number of significant records that still...        

Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 2

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 15-18, 2015 Part 1 | Part 2 The second half of the festival began with another themed day, heavy on the European female singer front. In fact, this was just the beginning of a definite tipping towards that direction, with even a few token American vocali...

Mark Hagan, Bill Mobley, Danny Walsh, Bob DeVos, Andy Watson At The Old '76 House

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Mark Hagan, Bill Mobley, Danny Walsh, Bob DeVos, Andy Watson The Old '76 House Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon Tappan, NY July 29, 2015 Over the last four years, bassist m: Mark Hagan has presided over a Jazz Salon at The Old '76 House in Tappan, NY. The Wednesday night series is important to fa...

Fourteen Festival Women

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

In its publicity, the Ystad Festival did not emphasize the large number of women on its roster of artists. Perhaps that was not an oversight but a sign that gender equality in jazz has advanced to a point where it doesn’t need to be underscored. In any case, Nils Landgren’s cast of women colleagues (see […]

Earl "Fatha" Hines: 1963

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In his time, Earl "Fatha" Hines was the Louis Armstrong of the keyboard. There's no better way to end the week than to have Professor Hines illustrate the styles of those who influenced him most and the evolution of his...        

PODCAST: Nineties-strength MDMA instead of ritual ganja

Following our recent trip down trippy lane with The Orb and their 1995 album Orbvs Terrarvm, here is a collection of sounds from that period that we were totally listening to in those days yep. 20JFG – Nineties-strength MDMA instead of ritual ganja Gif by Dain Fagerholm  

Joe Albany and Low Down

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Joseph Albani (1924--1988), better known as Joe Albany, is a footnote in jazz history. A monumentally talented pianist with an exceptionally fragile constitution, Albany, like the late m: Chet Baker pianist m: Dick Twardzik, was hampered by a self-doubt relieved by heroin. Alb...

Lee Smith: My Kind of Blues

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

After nearly 40 years as a working bassist, Lee Smith has become a jny: Philadelphia legend, playing gig after gig with just about everyone, including the Delphonics, m: Mongo Santamaria, m: Dizzy Gillespie, m: Roland Kirk, m: Lionel Hampton, and a ho...

The Ystad Festival, Part 5

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Here are impressions of more of the 38 musical events at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival. Richard Bona Bona brought his entertainer persona to the fore. Though he and his sidemen presented scattered moments of musical substance, the Cameroon native centered his concert on singing and comedy supported by his electric bass playing. Trumpeter Dave […]

Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

With only four records released as a leader on ECM, it may seem a little early to release a "best of" disc for drummer Manu KatchA(C). But having since moved on to fellow German label ACT for Live in Concert, while Touchstone for Manu is only being released in North America in the summer of 2015, it m...

Ornette Coleman at the Golden Circle a?' 1965

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Let's start with a disclaimer: I'm not a fan of free jazz. So why would I even bother with an album I was pretty sure I'd dislike? There's a practical answer: It was on sale. I was in a record store recently that was having a buy-one-get-one-for-$1 sale. So I got a CD I knew I'd like and then saw Or...

Lundgren Plays Johansson, With Strings

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

With a catch in his throat, Jan Lundgren told his capacity audience in the Ystad Theatre, “This is something I’ve been planning for 25 years.” Lundgren was paying tribute to pianist Jan Johansson, a major figure in the development of modern jazz in Sweden and one of the reasons Lundgren decided in his teens that […]

Tiny Kahn and Elliot Lawrence

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Composer-arranger Johnny Mandel told me a few years ago that Tiny Kahn was among his favorite arrangers. As Johnny put it, no one could craft a flag-waver like Kahn, with huge build, drive and swing. Johnny and Kahn go back...       Related Stories Van Alexander (1915-2015)  

Dub on different drugs

Maybe this is an approximation of the “righteous dub” William Gibson heard bleeding out of Maelcum’s headphones. Although that might create an unintended implication that dub is somehow only futuristic when it’s approximated by white European producers, which is patently not the case. Show More Summary

Paul Abrahams -- Stop trying to swing

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Dave Brubeck tells the story that m: Miles Davis approached him at the end of a gig and murmured in his ear "You're the only person in this group that swings." Had Brubeck replied: "What, exactly, do you mean by swing?" I suspect he would have been given short shrift. But of...

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