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Steve Gadd: Consummate Drummer

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

It might be easier to list who drummer Steve Gadd hasn't played with since he got a pair of drum sticks at the age of 3 at his home near jny: Rochester, NY, right up to the age of 70, where this year his tour of duty includes m: Eric Clapton, James Taylor and his own band. Gadd is one...

John Zoltek Stirs Up Jazz Fusion Storm in Montana

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The John Zoltek Quartet O'Shaughnessey Center Jazz Night with the Maestro Whitefish, Montana May 16, 2015 Watching guitarist John Zoltek bound ecstatically around the stage like one of his rock guitar heroes from the '70s, it was perhaps difficult for some in the audience of about 200 to reconcile t...

Benny Golson -- Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Blend well: One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions About 2,000 diverse jazz fans Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen One big band A small army of piano tuners Ports of call (optional) Top with musician interviews and jam sessions Best enj...

Doug Ramsey on Frank Strazzeri

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

A week or so ago, reader David Langner asked if I had seen a documentary filmed in February 1992 about the making of pianist Frank Strazzeri's album, Wood Winds West. I hadn't, and as I watched, there was jazz author...        

All Hail Dystopia

The sounds in Sleeping Desiress’ debut album are the brutal components of a mining operation coupling and de-coupling in the midst of the black cloud generated by the death of the planet they are vampirically attached to. Of course, this being 20jazzfunkgreats, you should feel free to do a literal visualisation, via H.R. Giger’s concept art-work […]

Weekend Extra: Art Ensemble Of Chicago

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

From the mid-1960s through the early years of this century, the Art Ensemble of Chicago crafted elements of free jazz into an ensemble personality that brought it extensive exposure. Often, as much attention went to the band’s costumes and makeup as to its wide range of influences from all eras of jazz and music of […]

Jon Batiste: Staying Human

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Nearly everything about Jonathan Batiste is steeped in jny: New Orleans--from the way he talks, walks, and claps his hands to the way he plays the piano, composes, and leads his Stay Human Band. So, it's surprising to consider he's actually spent most of his adult life in New York City, having a...

Moers Festival 2015

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 22-25, 2015 After the great changes and new beginnings of last year's edition, this year the festival entered the phase of refinement and consolidation. The special vibe is still flourishing. The festival got an important award, the prize of the Europe Jazz Network...

Bobby Zankela?(TM)s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Jaleel Shaw at Philadelphia Clef Club

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Jaleel Shaw Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz Philadelphia, PA June 2, 2015 This killer of a concert capped a series of three in which m: Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound invited guest artists to join them in performing Zanke...

Joan Minor at Cercle Suedois

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Joan Minor Quartet Cercle Suedois Paris, France May 13, 2015 The jazz scene in Paris thrives with a wide mixture of venues, from small cafes to large halls to more sophisticated settings. Among the latter is Cercle Suedois, the Swedish community's swanky meeting place that schedule weekly jazz conce...

Masabumi Kikuchi / Ben Street / Thomas Morgan / Kresten Osgood

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The German poet, philosopher and literary critic Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) had an affinity for the fragment as an art form and in his Athenaeumsfragment 206, he wrote about it, saying that: "[a] fragment, like a small work of art, has to be entirely isolated from the surroundin...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday afternoon I got stuck on a Jo Stafford YouTube jag. Then I dragged critic Terry Teachout in on it, since we both share a passion for Jo. As Terry noted, "Jo was so hip and nobody knew it, except...       Related Stories Who Were the Kim Loo Sisters? Stan Getz on Roost: 1950-52  

zBug: Splitting Glass / Twilight Sunrise

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The sacred geometry of zBug is no small thing. So enormous, in fact, that it's invisible. It's in service of just such a contradiction--which really isn't one--that the band pushes sound-walls to the very edges of the third dimension. The brainchild of David Leikam, zBug has a piecemeal history. Whi...

Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's - Deluxe Edition

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The two CD 'Deluxe Edition' of Jeff Beck Performing This Week Live at Ronnie Scott's is a title to be treasured even though it doesn't contain any unreleased content from the previously issued CD and DVD/Blu-Ray pieces. It's a pragmatic musiclover's delight that it collects within one jewel case all...

A Modern Day Appreciation of the Allman Brothers Band

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Any music lover who's come to relish the Allman Brothers Band, particularly in the last ten to fifteen years, must be feeling more than a little melancholy as 2015 evolves. And if following the iconic Southern rock band has become a cyclical rite of passage all its own, that poignant sensation is pr...

Desmond…Not Forgotten, Not By A Long Shot

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Thanks to the readers—far too many to send individual thank-you’s—who responded to the weekend post about Paul Desmond. Your stories made great additions to the piece. The Rifftides staff is lucky to have you all along for the ride. To see the comments, which keep coming, go here and pan down.

A.K. Salim: Blues Suite, 1958

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

One of the least researched and nearly forgotten master arrangers of the 1950s is Ahmad Khatab Salim—better known as A.K. Salim. He had a muscular, powerhouse orchestral style akin to Ernie Wilkins, but with less of a determined build and...        

Hauntologied House

Acid House always had the ghosts of electronic music running through it.  That squelchy synthetic 303 was kept busy tunnelling the electronic pioneers with their patch cords and rotary dials. Stellar OM Source continue that tradition.  Although now they’re channelling the gods of Chicago who were (consciously or not) channeling the machinery lined walls of Bell […]

Les McCann -- Funk Jazz ('60s-'70s)

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Somewhere between the soul-jazz of the early sixties (often called "funk" in its day) and the disco of the mid-seventies, funk jazz was born. Rock was already crossing over into jazz. And it just made sense that rock would inject soul jazz with a greater sense of urgency and a stronger feel for the...

Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Eberhard Weber Fluid RustleECM1979 Today's Rediscovery, after a bit of a hiatus, looks at an album by Eberhard Weber that is of particularly significance in the German bassist's discography. Fluid Rustle, released by ECM Records in 1979, was, in fact, one of many anomalies in Weber's discography for...

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