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Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge -- Jon Faddis: Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, Soul Mates

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jon Faddis: Wigan Arena, July, 2014 m: Dizzy Gillespie and m: Roy Eldridge Soul Mates (Verve, 1954) "I remember getting this as a present from my sister on my 11th birthday and I just remember how excited I was. I listened to that record thousands of times. It wasn't my first...

Anouar Brahem at Jazzablanca Festival 2015

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Anouar Brahem Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, MoroccoApril 20, 2015 Tunisian oudist/ composer Anouar Brahem is widely acclaimed as a pioneer of the fusion between Middle Eastern music and jazz, with a career spanning over thirty years. In the beginning of the nineties he contributed...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week in the Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Mary Higgins Clark, the legendary suspense novelist, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section. Mary is a wonderful storyteller. And she's all charm. Go here. [Photo above of Mary...

May 2015

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dear Mr. P.C.: I bought a trombone they said had seven positions, but I can find only one long one. Was I ripped off?A --JazzprofA Dear Jazzprof: You weren't exactly ripped off, but perhaps misled. There are indeed seven positions, but they are positions between you and the trombone, not built int...

Jimmy Smith: Master of the Hammond B-3

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jimmy Smith ignited a jazz revolution on an instrument associated at the time with ballparks, despite never playing one until the age of 28. His legendary multi-part technique on the Hammond B-3 organ, playing bass with the foot pedals and m: Charlie Parker-like single-line passages with...

David Torn: only sky

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Despite a career that now goes back over three decades, the relative infrequency of releases from guitarist and sound sculptor David Torn renders any new one, at the very least, a cause for speculation...if not enthusiastic anticipation. Beyond the soundtracks that have become one piece of the puzzl...

International Jazz Appreciation Day .... Jazz from Gallery 41 featuring a conversation with Don Cherry

Come on by and share music and a conversation I recorded with Don Cherry January, 1982. Now on Jazz from Gallery 41 or on iTunes Internet Radio or on the Live365 Radio App....

Blossom Dearie: It's Spring!

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

For me, no other jazz voice sounds as much like spring than Blossom Dearie's. The jazz pianist, arranger and vocalist had a child-like timbre, which was deceptive, since in truth she was an enormously gifted pianist and vocalist. Dearie died...

The 80’s were a terrifying time

Daniele Ciullini, an Italian ‘mail-artist’, may have been active at the tail end of Throbbing Gristle’s (first) existence, but in his use of primitive, hypnotic electronics and the art-by-mail network…they had a few things in common.  Although I do hope he fared better at the hands of the Italian Post Office than GP-O did with the […]

Pat Martino Trio at Bucks County Community College

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Pat Martino Trio Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA April 23, 2015 In the 1960s and 70s, spurred on by the support he received from the great m: Les Paul, a youthful guitarist Pat Martino evolved his unique style of controlled intensity...

Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil - Swung at Birdland

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Eliane Elias is a paradox. An artist of rare talent, experience, and range, she is a keyboard master with few peers whose deep musicality transcends genre. An astonishing singer, composer, arranger, and songwriter, her performances are celebrated for their swing, lyricism, and unique sound. Elias is...

Ambient Jazz: Pauseland and Jakob SA rensen

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

In a world that is fast-paced and in constant movement, contemplation has become an increasingly important value. However, it is a value that it is sometimes hard to achieve. A possibility is to listen to music that invites it. The albums from Danish jazz group Pauseland and trumpeter Jakob SA rense...

Marty Napoleon (1921-2015)

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Marty Napoleon, a stride pianist who was as at home playing New Orleans and Chicago jazz as he was swing and who played with numerous bands and ensembles from the 1940s on, most notably Louis Armstrong and the All Stars,...

Twelve Points 2015

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Twelve Points 2015 Project Arts Centrejny: Dublin, IrelandApril 15-18, 2015 In an international calendar absolutely bulging with jazz festivals, Twelve Points--conceived in Dublin by Improvised Music Company in 2007--stands out as one of the more original. It's not just the diversity and quality...

Angels on Earth: Best Living Jazz Chanteuses

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Let's begin by saying that jazz has definitely been swarmed by a plethora of female vocalists. Just because they can sing a Cole Porter or a George Gershwin tune, and remember all the words... does that make them great? No. Just because they look terrific, does that mean that they'll be the next {{m...

The Frank Strazzeri Film

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Thanks to Rifftides reader Marla Kleman for sending an alert to the posting of a film about one of the late pianist Frank Strazzeri’s loveliest albums. Strazzeri died last year at about this time. He was 84. The album was his Woodwinds West with saxophonists Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper and Jack Nimitz, bassist Dave Stone […]

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1973

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In August 1973, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet went into Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London for a two-week stay. Gillespie was backed by Al Gafa on guitar, Mike Longo on piano, Earl May on electric bass and Mickey Roker on...

Eyes, chessboards, melting fingers

This has to be one of the best blasts of aural information we’ve heard come off a cassette in a while. Playful, noisy, weird – a mostly indefinable mess of squirmy ugly sexiness. Ratkiller doesn’t sound much like what you’d expect someone called Ratkiller – grindcore? goregrind? gorecore? – to sound like, and is therefore […]

John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Drummer John Engels has the energy of two forty-year olds, which is pretty impressive, since he will soon be turning 80. He will celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Vogel Vrij (Free as a Bird) tour, a series of concerts at diverse venues throughout jny: the Netherlands (with saxophonists...

Konstantin Ionenko Quintet -- Two Konstantin Ionenko Releases

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Two recent releases from the Russian Fancy Music label feature bassist m: Konstantin Ionenko (they also have drummer Pavel Galitsky in common). Ionenko holds down the low end with an electric bass guitar, but the group sound on these recordings is primarily acoustic, with a bass approach...

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