5 Original Albums – Herbie Hancock (5CD) by Herbie Hancock for £11.99 total

We are told ….. Blue Note is proud to present a new batch of six “5 original albums” in one box sets celebrating legendary jazz artists from the Blue Note catalogue. These continue on from the successful Verve and Concord titles released earlier in the year. This run includes Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, […]

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The “One Drop Rule” of Jazz – by Seth Colter Walls

  As far as shameful cultural secrets go, the fact that African-American composers aren’t featured on our classical music stages as frequently as they should be is one few people bother keeping anymore. “That black composers are poorly represented in mainstream concerts is a germane topic of discussion but one beyond the scope of a […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set

We are told …. The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire […]

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Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters – Omaha Civic Auditorium 17th November 1975 (CD)

We are told ….. This superlative set was taped for FM broadcast soon after the release of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Man-Child album, and finds the great keyboardist backed by the awesomely tight combo of DeWayne ‘Blackbyrd’ McKnight (guitar), Bennie Maupin (reeds), Paul Jackson (bass), Bill Summers (percussion) and Michael Clarke (drums) on a selection of […]

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Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

From our extensive jazz archives: David La Rosa writes: According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music. Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical […]

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Cannonball Adderley – Big Man — The Legend of John Henry (CD)

Tenor Saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley Is One of the Greatest Ever to Play the Instrument His Final Project Was Big Man, a Musical Play Based on the Legend of John Henry Released as a 2-LP Set with a Libretto, BigMan Featured Music from Adderley and His Then-Current Musical Associates Including Brother Nat Adderley, George Duke […]

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Oscar Peterson – Exclusively For My Friends (6LP 180 gram virgin vinyl Box)

Featuring friends such as: Ray Brown, Sam Jones bass Bob Durham, Ed Thigpen, Louis Hayes drums. The purchase of the legendary German label MPS Edel strengthens its jazz catalogue. For the first time the entire JazzPortfolio of MPS will be digitalized and simultaneously made available on a wide range of selected CD and Vinyl releases. Following the claim […]

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BILL EVANS: Original Album Series (Bill Evans) (5CD)

After three years and over one million sales worldwide, the ‘Original Album Series’ continues to offer music lovers the easiest way to get their hands on the catalogue of the world’s biggest artists. Each one houses five albums all with their original artwork and music in slipcase form. With near 100 artists available and covering all […]

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Orrin Keepnews: Classic Producer of Classics

This interview was originally published in August 2007. As a city boy who took a liking to jazz music and extended it into a budding career as a journalist, Orrin Keepnews may have inadvertently veered into the record-producing arena that generated classic albums from a wide range of unforgettable artists. Maybe it was a fortunate […]

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John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA – Interview by R. J Deluke

Seen in the hallways at California State University in Northridge, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he teaches big band arranging, jazz history and other music courses, John Daversa might be seen with his goatee, and dense, dark and curly hair, parted in the middle, and correctly sense he might be involved in one of […]

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Brad Mehldau – Dragons & Dreams

Ian Patterson (All About Jazz magazine) writes: For many, pianist Brad Mehldau’s recording Day is Done (Nonesuch Records, 2005) with drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier came as close to trio perfection as is reasonable to expect in your wildest dreams. Perhaps perfection is a chimera, yet even if attainable it’s at best fleeting […]

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Sonny Rollins – The Infinite, Tenacious and Humble Pursuit Along The Path of Spiritual & Musical Mastery

Sonny Rollins – The Infinite, Tenacious & Humble Pursuit Along The Path of Spiritual & Musical Mastery. Legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, also known as the “saxophone colossus” [which was the title of one of his albums on Prestige Records in the 1950s] discusses his life and music, the wisdom of his years. MORE Epilogue Hi. […]

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Herbie Hancock – Septet Live At The Boston Jazz Workshop 1973 (CD)

This historically important performance from March 22nd 1973, was taped for broadcast on WBCN-FM, and captures the visionary keyboardist / composer at a vital point in his musical trajectory, as he closed the Mwandishi chapter and embarked on his Headhunters trip. Fearlessly creative and experimental, it’s presented here together with background notes and images. Hornets […]

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Steven Wilson: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

All•About•Jazz write ….. The trajectory of Steven Wilson’s career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)—an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace for […]

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This second album by Staff Benda Bilili, the veteran Congolese paraplegic musicians feels entirely modern writes Mark Hudson.

A great back story can make a band. Take Staff Benda Bilili, a bunch of veteran Congolese paraplegic musicians, discovered living on the streets around Kinshasa zoo, playing home-made guitars and driving around in scary-looking motorbike wheelchairs that might have done earlier service in a Mad Max movie. How could they fail to make international […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON: M.F. Horns 4 and 5: Live At Jimmy’s (CD)

We are told ….. Ferguson’s Big Band was playing a residency at New York’s Jimmy’s Club where this album was recorded live one lunchtime CBS were keen to catch the vibrancy of the band hence the rush to record it The material is a mixture with Jimmy Webb’s ‘MacArthur Park’ being one of the standouts […]

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Miles Davis Quintet – Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley CA, April 7th 1967 (CD)

This remarkable concert finds Miles Davis playing with his second quintet, comprising Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Albert Stinson (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Recorded for broadcast on KALX Radio, it features the only live recording of Dolores by this group, and their last known recording of Stella By Starlight. An incendiary document […]

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Gerald Wilson: Little Big Man

Originally posted September 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Big bands died out back in the 1950s, right? They went away when the jitterbug faded and folks began dancing to music other than swing? And then real jazz fans departed when the bebop soloists came along and made big-band players look clumsy and quaint?Despite that widely […]

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