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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Wes Montgomery: ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar’ and ‘A Dynamic New Sound’

    Jazz editor Tony Andrews writes ….. As a true Jazz Fan will know, only too well, there are many outstanding Jazz Guitarists from The US and to pick a favourite is virtually impossible …. if you are attempting the approach based exclusively on musical skill. If you choose to decide on either personal […]

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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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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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From the archives: Chuck Israels – Tribute to Bill Evans

Robin Arens writes: Isn’t it nice to meet someone who takes time for a good chat in these hectic times? Especially if this person has a lot to tell, carries the living memory of an important part of jazz history, and is called Chuck Israels? Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels is in expansive form for this interview […]

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (3CD)

Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years. Disc: 1 1. The Original Stereo […]

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DINAH WASHINGTON: Back to the Blues – Parlophone/ PurePleasure vinyl

Audiophile Audition / Jeff Krow writes ….. Towards the end of her career, songstress Dinah Washington was panned by some critics for recording weak pop music with overly commercial string backing. Washington’s inimitable voice overcame these limitations but her reputation still suffered. Recorded a little over a year before her tragic death at age 39, […]

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Dr. John – Ultrasonic Studios 11/6/73 (2CD)

  We are told ….. Originally broadcast by Hempstead, Long Island’s WLIR-FM, this superb set captures Dr. John at the height of his powers, as he transitioned from his psychedelic phase into a full embrace of New Orleans R&B. Backed by Sugar Bear Welch on guitar, Darrell Leonard and Jerry Jumonville on horns and John […]

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Brian Blade – Fellowship – More Than Just a Word

John Kelman writes: In the 21st century, few drummers have managed Brian Blade’s kind of crossover success. Beyond playing in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet for nearly 15 years, beyond being a first-call drummer for producer/singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois—whether it’s for his own projects like Black Dub or working with everyone from Bob Dylan to EmmyLou Harris—and […]

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Joe Lovano: a Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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In the last few months, Teen Jazz has grown to be the largest Teen Jazz resource and networking website online with

In the last few months, Teen Jazz has grown to be the largest Teen Jazz resource and networking website online with Teen Jazz Artists Hosting and Features, interviews with professional musicians, Teen Jazz Influences, Teen Jazz Legends, saxophone reviews and articles, etc. At Teen Jazz, featured jazz musicians have earned different titles based on their […]

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David Lyttle: Facing All The Music

Ian Patterson (all about jazz) writes ….. In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout—Lyttle has built a solid reputation […]

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Albert “Tootie” Heath: Class Personified

allaboutjazz write: Albert “Tootie” Heath is among the drummers who lived—and thrived—during what many call the golden age of jazz, the ’40s, ’50, early ’60s. He’s enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He admires the musicians of today and the direction of jazz. The Philadelphia native […]

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Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (4CD Box Set)

This repackaged 4CD/80 track set collects highlights from Billie Holiday’s 1933-1944 tenure on Columbia, housed within a hardback book case. The enclosed book includes an incisive essay by Village Voice critic Gary Giddins, which provides context to those unfamiliar with Holiday’s unique story. Disc: 1 1. I Wished On the Moon – Billie Holiday with […]

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Rudy Van Genius – New Blue Note RVG Reissues

Blue Note’s series of reissues remastered by the legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder continues to come hot and heavy, although how they choose which titles to include is something of a puzzle. Some of the albums have been done to death already, while on rarer occasions we get something that has until now evaded […]

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Justin Faulkner – Serving the Music

Paul Naser writes: The rare balance of passionate ambition and mature dedication that are the hallmark of young professionals puts them in a category all their own. More often than not they began honing their skills at an early age and it seems as if life conspired to help them succeed. Justin Faulkner, the young […]

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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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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

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Charles Mingus: Shadows (Limited Clear Vinyl LP)

At the time, we were told …. For the first time on vinyl the great score composed by Charles Mingus for the legendary 1959 directorial debut of John Cassavetes Shadows. Much has been said about the controversial relationship between the two great masters. “(…)The score encapsulates Cassavetes’ and Mingus’s unique approaches to both improvisation and composition in […]

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