Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Vinyl LP Record

This is part of the Prestige Records 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Edition series. These five tracks, recorded in the 1950s and reissued in 2006, feature Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins–two of the era’s most progressive musicians–on the stand together. The interplay between Monk’s skeletal, idiosyncratic, yet strangely logical playing and Rollins’s full, rich tone and […]

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BILL EVANS: The Quiet Passion Of Bill Evans (3CD)

We are told: The Quiet Passion of Bill Evans is a three-disc box set anthology of collaborations, guest sessions and classic trio recordings made during the meteoric first seven years of the career of this extraordinary, internationally renowned, pianist. . Throughout the set, and in an eclectic range of musical contexts, we hear the sensitive, […]

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The death of Charlie Parker – and his New York afterlife

Sixty years ago today, the jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker suffered a vastly premature death. But he lives on in New York, says Chris Leadbeater Please click HERE to view ===//=== 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 […]

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Miles Davis – Tutu (Deluxe Edition) (180g Vinyl 2LP)

30 years ago, in May and June 1985, Miles Davis signed recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros Records and Warner Chappell, shocking the music world by leaving Columbia.  He immediately started working on an album called Perfect Way after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma.  When Tutu (a […]

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Verve Records: 20 classic album covers

Great images; why not take a look HERE? ===//=== 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 tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 […]

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Havana and beyond

Fans of Cuban jazz may think first of pianist, composer and producer Chucho Valdés, who presides over the Havana Jazz Festival and the steady flow of North American jazz artists to the island. Those who’ve traveled to woodshed, network and sometimes record in Cuba include Jane Bunnett, George Benson, Terence Blanchard, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, […]

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Playing right now

Funny how one’s misconceptions can occasionally be confounded rather than the more usual way of having them confirmed. I pretty much thought I didn’t like jazz – despite the fine efforts of my friend of many years standing; Graham Mitchell. GM has a vast collection of Jazz CDs. Very few appealed to me. And then […]

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NINA SIMONE: In the spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

What Happened, Miss Simone?, documentary about the jazz singer, opens the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Please click HERE to continue ===//=== 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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What Is Early Jazz? Michael Verity explains

Born in New Orleans New Orleans in the first two decades of the 20th century was a musical melting pot of musical styles. African music was still prominent, as drumming and dancing were some of the few freedoms allowed slaves before emancipation. Ragtime was popular, and its up-tempo and syncopated rhythms had a profound influence […]

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JAZZ ON FILM: Film Noir – review (Moochin About) – by Dave Gelly

“Seven soundtracks from the 50s, when jazz was the musical element that defined film noir. From Ziggy Elman’s lubricious trumpet at the start of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) to Jim Hall’s sparse guitar notes at the close of Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), it’s an …” MORE ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing […]

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JAZZ: Why does Jazz Loft sound so good?

The thread starts: Can anyone enlighten me as to why this internet station sounds so exceptional? http://jazzloft.de/ I listen through my system via Squeezebox Touch. It doesn’t appear compressed to me, always warm, relaxed yet dynamic. I’ve purchased CDs of artists I’ve heard here, ripped them and played them back through the Touch via powered […]

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Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moment and the Message – review

John Fordham writes: Sicilian Defense is a chess strategy, and this music certainly has a rigorous logic. But trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, who lent his classically schooled skills to the bands of saxists Steve Coleman and Steve Lehman and postponed leading his own until now, straddles the mathematical and the colloquial so well on this debut […]

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JAZZ: Spreading hope – Esperanza Spalding upholds the future of jazz

Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spalding is a young a multi-lingual vocalist, bassist and composer who is making waves in the world of jazz. This year, Spalding has been one of the biggest attractions at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, which is used to attracting big names such as Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock […]

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Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House

Amazing performance at the Jazz Workshop, Boston Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners Amazingly, Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House were somewhat overshadowed at the time by fusion counterparts such as Weather Report, Return To Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. However, the dynamics and interaction on display here feature not […]

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BILL FRISELL: Big Sur – review

In 2012, the Monterey jazz festival put composer/guitarist Bill Frisell in a cabin at a remote ranch on the Big Sur coastline, and left him there to come up with his reactions to the landscape. The project – combining the guitarist’s chamber-musical 858 Quartet and … Continue reading HERE ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and […]

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