CARMEN LUNDY: In conversation

Singer Carmen Lundy has returned to the scene with an album that can easily be categorized as one of her best yet. With music that is both consistent and a pleasure to listen to, this nine-track collection is entitled ‘Changes’ and features eight original compositions. It is a CD that will charm you, encourage you […]

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BILL DIXON: An In-depth Look into the Accomplishments, Philosophies, and Convictions of the Man

This interview was originally published at One Final Note in October 2002. When one reflects on the innovators who were fundamental in propelling the second wave of the new music movement in the 1960s, Bill Dixon’s name always appears near the top of the list. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are vast, a […]

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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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William Parker: Wood Flute Songs: Anthology Live 2006-12 – review

Originally published November 2013 John Fordham writes ….. William Parker, the former Cecil Taylor sideman, exhibits a fearlessness, double-bass virtuosity and tough lyricism that perhaps makes him the closest bassist/composer equivalent to the late Charles Mingus. With this eight-disc limited edition (also a six-part download), AUM Fidelity documents Parker’s midlife work with his core quartet and […]

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When Albums Ruled the World

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album. The LP allowed popular […]

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MILES DAVIS: Seven Steps to Heaven SACD

Reissue of 1963 Columbia LP /Sony Music/Analogue Productions Miles in hi-res 3-channel audio! Seven Steps to Heaven SACD Miles Davis, trumpet; Victor Feldman, piano; Herbie Hancock, piano; George Coleman, tenor sax; Frank Butler, drums; Anthony Williams, drums; Ron Carter, bass) This is the classic Miles session when he was still being fairly tonal and straightforward. […]

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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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HORACE SILVER:NLive 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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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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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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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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GEORGE DUKE: In Conversation

George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album ‘Witch Of Love’) I quickly realized I needed to milk this conversation for all it was worth.  Duke is a musician’s musician with a career spanning […]

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JACO PASTORIUS: Pastorius/Metheny/Ditmas/Bley (CD) by Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Bruce Ditmas, Paul Bley

We are told: This was originally a 1974 LP album on Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists Label. It is notable for being the first professional recording showcasing the talents of Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny. The two had gotten to know each other in Miami the year before. Their collaboration continued on Metheny’s debut Bright Size […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON A LOST IMMORTAL: Live From San Francisco (CD)

Reissue of Ferguson’s acclaimed live performance form 1983. Features original cover art. Contains new liner notes from noted Ferguson aficionado Eric Palmquist. BY 1983, MAYNARD FERGUSON HAD CONQUERED JAZZ, TELEVISION, THE POP CHARTS AND EVEN PLAYED THE CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE 1976 OLYMPICS. His Storm release from that year brought him back to the faithful, […]

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RICKIE LEE JONES: The interview

  Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor of The Telegraph writes ….. Asked what made her wish to record a whole album of cover songs, Rickie Lee Jones quips: “Money”. Joking aside, her selection of the 10 songs to interpret on her fine new album The Devil You Know is innovative and interesting. Tracks by the […]

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RAY CHARLES: Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings

A 7-disc box set covering Ray Charles’ entire Atlantic Records repertoire, with an entire disc of unreleased rarities. A bonus DVD features Ray live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 and an exclusive interview with Ahmet Ertegun by Ray director Taylor Hackford! 7 CDs plus a bonus DVD! Ray Charles is a music legend […]

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DANIEL ROSENBOOM: Fire Keeper

Fiona Orde-Shrimpton: To say Daniel Rosenboom is no ordinary jazz trumpeter, is no exaggeration. His father, David Rosenboom is currently Dean, Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music at the California Institute of the Arts (and has been at CalArts since 1990), and having a first trumpet teacher in the form of Wadada Leo Smith, where […]

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