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Brad Mehldau Trio / GoGo Penguin at World Cafe Live

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

If there's one thing about music that keeps us all going, it has to be endless adaptability. There's no instrument or genre that doesn't have some fresh possibilities still to discover (except maybe hair metal, I suppose). jny:Philadelphia's World Cafe Live offered yet another illustration of th... [ read more ]

The Rhythm Future Quartet at The Evening Muse

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The Rhythm Future Quartet The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC April 23, 2016 The Rhythm Future Quartet plays Gypsy jazz with one eye towards the past and the other towards the present. They've got the style, they've got the chops, and they're not afraid to try new things. As one of a series of shows bill... [ read more ]

Duke Ellington: Denmark, 1970

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On Jan. 23, 1967, Duke Ellington was in Copenhagen where he filmed two programs at TV-Byen Studio. The first was an octet of band members playing Ellington hits. The second was a trio featuring Ellington with bassist John Lamb and...       Related Stories Jazz Legends, in Their Words  

Buddy Collette: Four Classic Albums

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Like many of his fellow West Coast musicians, m: Buddy Collette was proficient on multiple instruments. He could play alto and tenor sax, but tended toward the clarinet and the flute for most of his recording career. His solo records were as light and effortless as most jam form the West... [ read more ]

Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet at Chrisa?(TM) Jazz CafA(C)

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet Chris' Jazz CafA(C) Philadelphia, PA April 23, 2016 Jackie Ryan is acquiring a reputation as a "must hear" vocalist. When this reviewer heard DJ Bob Perkins ("BP with the GM") praise her singing on WRTI, he decided to attend her show at Chris' Jazz CafA(C) to se... [ read more ]

Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Hong Kong

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Most guides to Hong Kong list the genre melding Fringe and Bert's and the loungish Blue Room among the city's jazz venues. Very few mention "Ned Kelly's Last Stand." The oldest Hong Kong pub has presented live music sessions from the start. Among those who have graced its stage include vocalist {{m... [ read more ]

Bill Evans: Sweden, 1970

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the spring of 1970, pianist Bill Evans was in Europe on tour with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell. They made stops in Finland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. In Finland, he visited the home of composer Ilkka Kuusisto,...       Related Stories Bill Evans: Some Other Time Bill Evans: What Is There to Say? Bill Evans: Live at Town Hall  

The Aki Rissanen Trio plays April Jazz, Espoo, Finland

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The Aki Rissanen Trio Louhi Club April Jazz Espoo, Finland April 4, 2016 Espoo in southern Finland is nominally a city, having its own emblem, transportation system and council though for most people in the vicinity of Helsinki it's merely a close suburb of the metropolis. However every spring it co... [ read more ]

The Cotton Club, Shanghai

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

On the night of April 15th 2016 the Cotton Club in Shanghai was teaming with young, fashionably dressed locals and intrigued tourists. Despite the overpriced drinks and extra charge for sitting down at a table (even standing at one) music lovers packed the small space. Located in the historic and hi... [ read more ]

Charlie Parker: Old Folks

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It all started with Charlie Parker's walk-on solo during Neal Hefti's recording of Repetition at the tail end of 1947 just hours before the start of the second American Federation of Musicians' recording ban. Producer Norman Granz loved the results...       Related Stories Hal McKusick: You're Everywhere  

Chet Baker and Russ Freeman: Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Iconic West Coast jazz by the legendary trumpeter at the cusp of his career. Baker made a slew of recordings in his lifetime, but this is among the crA me de la crA me. Background Tr... [ read more ]

Legrand Plays Richard Rodgers

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In the 1950s, everyone in jazz and pop was sweet on Richard Rodgers. Many of the composer's highly melodic songs were easy to sing and leverage for swinging interpretations. Whether they were written with Lorenz Hart or Oscar Hammerstein II,...       Related Stories John Williams: Rainbows  

Miles Davis -- Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth?

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Don Cheadle Miles Ahead Sony Pictures Classics 2015 Miles Davis happens to have been actor Don Cheadle's long-time hero, and he mulled over the idea of a film about him for several years. In contemplating his directorial and screenwriting debut based on Davis' life, Cheadle could have chosen among s... [ read more ]

Another “Desafinado”

last monthMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Rifftides has every intention of getting back into full swing as soon as possible. Endless negotiations, tests and conversations (no shouting, so far) with technical experts of a hardware manufacturer have consumed hours that would have been better spent listening, writing and posting. I hope to have good news from the techies tomorrow. In the […]

Gary Burton: Something's Coming

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has had an extraordinary career. The four-mallet pioneer and jazz-fusion trailblazer has won seven Grammys and continues to make superb music in the States and abroad. I've always been fond of his 1960s recordings. Through these albums,...        

Wonder, en is gheen wonder

We think it is amazing that right now at this moment there are thousands of highly educated people chucking invisible objects down underground tunnels, in the hope that said objects will collide against other invisible objects generating barely perceptible signals containing glimpses into the secrets of the universe. That’s epic, psychedelic and inspiring. We like […]

Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: #13-978-1-59580-086-2 Santa Monica Press 2016 During the course of m: Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight, Frank R. Hayde integrates Levey's personal perspective by frequently including excerpts of interviews released with the cooperati... [ read more ]

Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer

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BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer is the second album from the series of records by artists who participated in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions, an album which exploded around the world and is now the most succesful release in the world music genre. Apart from achieving enormous success an... [ read more ]

Gideon King: New York and Music

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Gideon King is a New York City boy. He was born and raised in the city. He is a composer, guitarist and producer and has worked with some of the finest musicians. He has been involved in projects which cover a range of music genres including pop, funk, jazz and fusion and has produced... [ read more ]

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