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Chris Walden Big Band: Full-On!

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

To say that m: Chris Walden's instrumental compositions and arrangements are the best part of his new big-band album, Full-On!, is not to dismiss the rest as less than adequate. Walden's charts for the ensemble, on the other hand, do provide much of the excitement in a session that is ot...

Laurie Anderson -- Punkt Festival 2014

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norway September, 4-6, 2014 Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway at the Skagerrag strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area, 155,000) and is the county capi...

Interview: Rene Russo

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've always admired Rene Russo. Aside from being a superb actress—in both comic and dramatic roles—I love her cool, low-key media profile and her edginess. You don't really see her on talk shows or being interviewed on the red carpe...

Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New Yor...

A look back at Robert Glasper's Enoch's "Inaugural" Meditation

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

One of the most powerful jazz documentation of a Presidential Inauguration was a YouTube presentation of m: Robert Glasper's "Enoch's Meditation," a piece from his 2005 album entitled Canvas. Glasper, a Blue Note artist and Grammy Award winning jazz piano star, has received critical accl...

Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

An understated but highly-skilled and insanely versatile drummer in the vein of m: Kenny Wolleson, m: Jeff Hirshfield, and m: Paul Motian, m: Vinnie Sperrazza has been turning up on all sorts of interesting recordings over the past half-decade or so. Co...

13 More Favorites of the Week

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Bet you thought there would just be five favorites this week. Not a chance. Though I'm a bit backed up these days with all the work to turn out each week and the waves of CDs that keep coming in,...

October 2014

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dear Mr. P.C.: I was playing piano in a building lobby where I perform regularly. A woman walked past the piano and discreetly left something at the far end (it's a grand piano). When I finished the song, I walked around the piano to see what she'd left. Turned out it was her trash! I'm a little old...

Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Manhattan Stories is a trip back in time, a journey to a long gone and long-missed era. It's a window into the great Charles Lloyd's art at a period of transition. The shows presented on this beautifully packaged two-disc set--one recorded at the infamous Slugs' Saloon in the summer of 1965, the oth...

Horace Tapscott: The Tapscott Sessions, Volumes 1-8

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Horace Tapscott began his musical career as a trombonist, and during the early part of the 1950s played in the Gerald Wilson big band. It wasn't until his US Army tour of duty in the late 1950s that he studied piano. He subsequently gave up the trombone due to an automobile accident while on tour wi...

Helen Merrill: 'Parole e Musica'

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Back in 1960, singer Helen Merrill had a bad romantic breakup and escaped to Rome. She was invited to record there by pianist Romano Mussolini, whom she had met at a jazz festival in Belgium. So she broke her Atlantic...

Live From Birmingham: The Pedigree Jazz Band, Tony Bennett, The Fat Chops Big Band

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The Pedigree Jazz Band Solihull British Legion September 7, 2014 It's a curious sensation when tributes are paid to revivals of revivals. Down the decades since the original jazz repertoire was established in the 1920s, '30s, and even earlier, there have been a multitude of responses, counter-respon...

Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

What do you do when you've released three albums as a trio (more, if you include albums released in Poland, prior to coming to the label) for a producer who traditionally seems to like shaking things up after that magic number? For Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski and his longstanding trio--first co...

Ray Charles: Genius Love Company a?' 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

"The way these days just rip along, too fast to last, too vast, too strong..." --Jackson Browne The final recording of Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company, enjoys its tenth anniversary. It is striking to consider that it has been over ten years since the death of Ray Charles, one of the most imposing...

Motown 25: Yesterday Today Forever

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1983, music was consumed very differently than it is today. For one, personal computers and cell phones didn't exist in the mass market, and iTunes wouldn't be available for another 18 years. For another, the CD was in its...

Duke Ellington -- Jazz Pedagogy: How Teachers can Swing in the Classroom

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

I am a jazz aficionado as well as a philosophy professor. Being in front of a classroom teaching is my favorite place on earth, second to a good jazz club with hip friends. In the midst of a philosophy class, I may wax enthusiastic about the transcendent qualities of a m: John Coltrane sa...

Frank Vignola -- Playing it Forward: The Boys at the Blue Note

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

It seemed to happen overnight. One minute it was all video games, with the boys totally immersed in furious thumbwork. They'd sit together for hours on end, staring at a busy screen, manipulating cartoon adversaries to kill each other in great bursts of color and noise. There was considerable musica...

Take Five With Marcin Olak

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Meet Marcin Olak: Marcin Olak is one of the most interesting Polish jazz guitar players. He is one of the few who play modern jazz on classical and acoustic guitars, using the specific sound and articulative possibilities of those instruments; sometimes he also plays electric guitar. He moves betwee...

Peter Gabriel -- Various Artists: Real World 25

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Probably there is no other popular artist in this shrinking world that has promoted various musics and cultures outside the Western world than singer m: Peter Gabriel. In the beginning, his solo records were influenced more and more by African music, especially its rhythms until those in...

Take Five With Malonie Carre

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Meet Malonie Carre: Malonie Carre is a Canadian contemporary jazz singer currently residing in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Performing with jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, including Gianny Laredo, Mario Patron and Esteban Herrera, corporate private events, internationa...

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