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The only true love is a seething mistrust

If the Wicker Man was set in the post-Brexit dystopia of Preston, Lancashire… …it might look and sound quite a lot like Evil Blizzard. All of the music is a distorted bass guitar; grotesque masks thwart face-identification algorithms; the only emotion is seething mistrust. Evil Blizzard – Are You Evil? We’re off to see Evil Blizzard this […]

Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

A week or so ago I received a call from Harry Sepulveda. Harry and I go way back. We first met in the 1970s, when I used to buy Latin-jazz albums at Record Mart, his store in the Times Square...        

Oscar Pettiford: 1955-'58

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the spring of 1956, bassist Oscar Pettiford (pictured above with cello), in tandem with producer Creed Taylor, began assembling musicians and arrangers for what would become one of the hippest and sexiest big bands of the mid-decade period. Two...       Related Stories Manhattan Jazz Septette  

Let’s make love and listen to Etienne De Crécy 1996

A couple of weekends ago, we celebrated the result of the French Presidential Election by revisiting a bunch of French albums, including Etienne De Crécy’s seminal jazzy-disco-house compilation Super Discount. It is sobering to think that this came out more than 20 years ago, and that we were there to dance it, fresh off what […]

Readers Report: The Wrap-up

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Rifftides readers replied in droves to our request for news about what you are listening to these days. Here is the final installment, which provides further evidence of the impressively wide range of your tastes and predilections in music.   Larry Hollis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA To One So Sweet Stay That Way: Hank Mobley […]

Charlotte, Bill and Lars

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week, I had the honor of interviewing film actress Charlotte Rampling for The Wall Street Journal (go here). The Swinging London icon was lovely and a pure delight. Many of you may remember her in Georgy Girl (1966), The...    ...

Wraiths and Drones

The hauntology is strong with Weakness.  That the track seems to start half way through, its world already established, eases us in to this (the proceeding track defiantly ends with silence). That high altitude, radiation damaged theremin sound that GY!BE kinda owned in the 90s, that’s here.  Like wraiths orbiting a decayed world.  Its an analogue […]

New Releases Heard Now On Jazz from Gallery 41

There are two new releases from Resonance Records: Jaco Pastorius"Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live In NYC / The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording" Recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC June 27, 1982 as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. Show More Summary

European Jazz on Film

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Since it's Friday, let's have a look at some of the European jazz artists I posted about this week (here, here and here) and one I didn't: Here's tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair in 1966... Here's alto saxophonist Joe Harriott in...       Related Stories Lars Gullin: Swede and Low Joe Harriott; Free Form Wilton Gaynair: Blue Bogey  

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and the tribute group Prez Conference. Over the years the collective members of those bands included Art Pepper, Red Mitchell, Harry Edison, Mel Lewis, […]

Lars Gullin: Swede and Low

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Lars Gullin was a giant of jazz who just happened to be from Sweden. He should be thought of on the same level as other 1950s baritone saxophonists who excelled in small groups, including Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Jimmy Giuffre...        

British Velvet Pop

Sometimes they seem like they’re the closest thing we’ve had to a British Velvet Underground. Hopeless guitar romantics Comet Gain headlined the Fortuna Pop farewell-er (a sort of cross between a farewell gig and an all-dayer, that I’ve just made up) and it was fun to dive into their now extensive songbook all over again. Sure, […]

Catching Up: Readers Report On Listening, Part 3

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

The staff is still sorting through the profusion of responses to our query about what music Rifftides readers are putting on their CD players and turntables these days. You are an eclectic bunch, witness this batch of responses. Peter Straub, Brooklyn, NY, USA Miles Davis Quintet LIVE in Europe 1967 presents the second great quintet […]

Christian Chevallier: Formidable!

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

We've been bouncing around the world this week as I highlight worthy albums by non-U.S. jazz artists with whom you may be unfamiliar. Today is no exception. Christian Chevallier is barely known in the States, yet he's one of the...        

Monday Recommendation: Broadbent And Mancio

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Georgia Mancio, Alan Broadbent, Songbook (Roomspin Records) Pianist and composer Alan Broadbent has found his lyricist. Further good news: in their Songbook, Georgia Mancio sings her words to Broadbent’s songs with taste, feeling and faultless intonation. Show More Summary

Catching Up: Readers Report, Part 2

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Responses to the 2017 survey of what our readers around the world are listening to are piling into Rifftides world headquarters at a breathtaking rate. The staff complain that trying to put internet links to all the submissions, is all but taking their breath. The mangement says, “Tough, think of all the overtime hours.” They say, […]

Joe Harriott; Free Form

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday I posted about Jamaican tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair. Today, I want to hip you to Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Like Gaynair, Harriott was educated at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston. And like Gaynair, Harriott moved to Europe,...        

Wilton Gaynair: Blue Bogey

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jamaica in the 1950s and '60s produced many great jazz musicians. The list includes Monty Alexander, Don Shirley, Harold McNair, Montego Joe, Dizzy Reece and Ralph McDonald. But the list is long, and there were many others with whom you...        

Catching Up: Readers Report, Part 1

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Responses to our 2017 “Catching Up With You” reader survey are rolling in. This is what we asked of you four days ago: The Rifftides staff is interested in what our readers around the world are listening to. Please take a moment to send a message with your name, location and brief information about the most recent […]

Pam, Lola and Tina

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Pam Grier, queen of the African-American action films of the 1970s, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Pam starred in films such as Coffy (1973), Foxy...        

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