Jazz: Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the “ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America’s greatest songwriting teams. It’s the subject of Feinstein’s new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein […]

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IAN CARR: Old Heartland (CD)

We are told ….. Ian Carr (21 April 1933 ? 25 February 2009) was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator. Carr performed and recorded with the Rendell-Carr quintet and jazz-rock band Nucleus, and was an associate professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Old Heartland is completely different to […]

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CECIL TAYLOR: Michigan State University, April 15th 1976 (CD)

Capturing the groundbreaking Cecil Taylor Unit’s second set at the Power Center, Michigan State University at Ann Arbor, on Thursday April 15th 1976, this exciting set was recorded for broadcast on WCBN-FM’s Jazz Alive program. Featuring Taylor on piano, backed by his long-term sideman Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), David S. Ware (tenor sax), Raphe Malik […]

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The Complete 3 Blind Mice (2CD) by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

We are told …. The Poll Winners series: classic albums reviewed in the legendary Downbeat magazine. Originally awarded 4 stars by Downbeat Mag. The sextet heard on ‘3 Blind Mice’ (United Artists),with Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Jymie Merritt, is widely regarded as one of the finest formations of Art Blakey’s […]

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New Jazz Conceptions (CD) by Bill Evans

We are told …. The Poll Winners series: classic albums reviewed in the legendary Downbeat magazine. Originally awarded 4 stars by Downbeat Mag. Bill Evans’ debut album as a leader, ‘New Jazz Conceptions’, in its entirety, including an alternate version of ‘No Cover, No Minimum’ that completes the session. Showcases Evans in a trio format […]

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Live ‘95 (2CD) by Al Di Meola

We are told ….. Al Di Meola World Project, Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland, Ohio on January 19th 1995. This legendary US jazz-fusion guitarist is perhaps best-known for his work with Chick Corea’s Return To Forever and his collaborations with Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin, but has always defied categorization. This is typified by his […]

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From the archives: Music evolution: Is this the end of the composer? By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News

Professor Armand Leroi from Imperial College London explains why he thinks a Darwinian computer program that can evolve music from noise could kill off the composer. You might think that creating the perfect piece of music – whether it’s a classical great, jazz masterpiece or pop hit – is all down to the composer’s talent, […]

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Interview with Keiko Matsui

Contemporary jazz icon Keilo Matsui began playing piano at the age of five. With sales of over 1.2 million units in the U.S. and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre.  In addition to being the first Japanese artist to top Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart, she […]

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Montreal Jazz Festival ‘65 (CD) by Thelonious Monk

We are told ….. Thelonious Monk, live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Palace Des Arts, Canada on 21st August 1965. Following his move to Columbia Records in 1963 and his appearance on the cover of Time the following year, 1965 found Thelonious Monk at his commercial peak. This superb performance at Montreal Jazz Festival on […]

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Live At The Half Note (2CD) by Horace Silver Feat. Woody Shaw

• Brilliant performance live at the Half Note • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Having played with and written for Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Miles Davis and many others, by the late 50s saxophonist and pianist Horace Silver was pioneering hard bop, incorporating elements of […]

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Early Soft Machine

The thread starts: “…can’t stop listening to it. Utterly wonderful, experimental but still “pop” music. The Soft Machine and Volume Two, I got into a few years ago but just found Jet Propelled Photographs which are recordings that predate the first album. The early single Love Makes Sweet Music is a classic as well. Any […]

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Shawn Colvin, All Fall Down, CD review / Shawn Colvin is joined by Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss on a fine new album called All Fall Down.

Martin Chilton writes Shawn Colvin’s pedigree in the music business is rich indeed. Her debut album won a Grammy, she’s toured with Richard Thompson – she’s even appeared on Treme and The Simpsons.Her 2012 album All Fall Down is produced by Buddy Miller (a friend of Colvin’s since the 1970s) and between them, they have […]

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MARC MYERS: Why Jazz Happened. Book review by Ian Patterson

Jazz’s timeline and the iconic figures of each of its successive stylistic movements are well known to aficionados. Less well understood, however, are the underlying conditions that created these changes. Advances in recording technologies, social trends, radio, the incursion of pop and rock, and socio-political factors all played major roles in shaping the evolution of […]

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JAZZ: Is it a young person’s music after all?

Fred Kaplan:  A week ago, I went to see Chris Potter lead a top-notch quintet at the Jazz Standard. It was a great set. Potter’s big tenor-sax sound keeps getting more swinging, more virtuosic, yet at the same time tonally subtler. Joining him were Steve Nelson on vibes, Paul Motian on drums, Craig Taborn on […]

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Beats & Pieces Big Band make a splash at Ronnie Scott’s, review

Ivan Hewett, Chief Classical Music and Jazz Critic 3 January 2018 • 12:06pm Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s ★★★★☆ Few sounds are as instantly recognisable as a big band. And that’s its problem. Those choirs of trumpets and horns raised in ecstatic harmony carry one irresistibly back to a different, more glamorous age. It […]

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Jazz: Top 10 albums?

Rather useful. We learned a few things HERE. —//— Please click HERE to access the entire Point Of View archive ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at […]

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” … and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian.

“Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country-folk singer Tift Merritt have collaborated on a joint album called Night — and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian. Musical collaborations can sometimes be tired sparring sessions, but classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and folk-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have worked on an album, […]

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Night Mood – Paul Klinefelter

Dan McClenaghan writes: “Connoisseurs of jazz trios led by pianists may be familiar with bassist Paul Klinefelter’s contribution to Ron Thomas’s superb Music in Three Parts (Art of Life Records, 2006). That particular piano trio outing, one of that year’s finest, featured Klinefelter’s big bass sound interacting in a three-way Zen dance with pianist Thomas […]

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Django Reinhardt: music, mischief and magic

Django Reinhardt was a Gypsy jazz genius who kept on living in his caravan long after he found fame. Guitarist and devotee Martin Taylor explains why he has written a Prom in his honour MORE ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. […]

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Advice on his music

  Went car-booting on Sunday and came away with a double LP called Ella & Louis (Starportrait on the Verve label). Now this is not the sort of music I’d normally even consider but what the hey, it was in superb nick and a quid! Admittedly a lot of it merely re-inforced my feelings of […]

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Miles Davis Quintet, Zurich 1960 (TCB/Montreux Jazz)

First official release for this excellent-quality recording of the Kind of Blue-era Davis Quintet, with Wynton Kelly on piano added to Coltrane, Chambers and Cobb. Read more of this Miles Davis review here ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you […]

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