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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MAN TRAN: The Manhattan Transfer / The Junction

An eclectic, brightly attenuated recording, 2018’s The Junction is the Manhattan Transfer’s first studio album since the death of founding member Tim Hauser from a heart attack in 2014. It’s also the first album the legendary vocal group has recorded with his replacement, M-Pact vocalist Trist Curless. Along with Curless, once again showcased are the […]

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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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 […]

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BILLIE HOLIDAY: Lady in Satin (3CD Box Set)

Though some may not prefer later Billie with an orchestra, this is a profound and deeply soulful session. Here are the contents. For those wondering, this is an official issue from SONY/CBS France. The outtakes have been on bootlegs before, but this is the first official issue. CD1 includes the master takes plus a few […]

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WYNTON MARSALIS: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

Wynton Marsalis’ exuberant 2018 concert collection United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas brings together a handful of live performances the trumpeter gave on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center between 2003 and 2007. Recorded first at New York’s Apollo Theater and later at JALC’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, these previously […]

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TONY MICELI: Interview

Victor L. Schermer writes:  Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New […]

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

First published in 2012 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 […]

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Miles Davis / John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 – AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

The sixth volume in Legacy’s Miles Davis Bootleg Series circles back to 1999’s Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961, with an exclamation point. The four discs here are taken from five concerts in March 1960: Two sets from L’Olympia in Paris, two at Stockholm’s Konserthuset, and one from Copenhagen’s Tivolis Koncertsal. […]

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JAZZ: Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

From the archives Michael Henderson writes: The BBC threw a party last week at New Broadcasting House, and invited 300 guests to enjoy the kind of spectacle the BBC likes best: patting itself on the back. Tony Hall, its director-general, led the proceedings, and he didn’t lack support from the underlings, who spoke of how […]

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Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Phillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast ‘n’ Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern […]

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DUKE ELLINGTON: Money Jungle (CD)

We are told: There are a number of reasons why ‘Money Jungle’ is considered a unique jazz recording. First of all, the album stands out for its superb musical quality. It also marks a very rare trio session in the otherwise prolific discography of Duke Ellington. The album is best known, however, for being Duke’s […]

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THEOLONUS MONK: In Philadelphia 1960 with Steve Lacy

Hrayr Attarian writes: The discovery of an obscure, previously unknown, recording from a master musician is often but not always a source of celebration. Unfortunately the new release by Rare Live Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk’s In Philadelphia 1960 with Steve Lacy is one of those occasions when it is not. MORE

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DONNA LEWIS: Brand New Day – a Ben Scholz interview

Ben Scholz writes ….. Pop culture’s love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic […]

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BILL EVANS: Portrait In Jazz (CD)

  We are told: Portrait in Jazz was Bill Evans’ third album as a leader, following ‘New Jazz Conceptions’ (1956) and ‘Everybody Digs Bill Evans’ (1958). It was also Evans’ first album with the talented bassist Scott La Faro.Their superb chemistry is evident from the very first tune and Evans was surely aware of that. […]

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