OPEN REEL RECORDINGS: Why analog-obsessed audiophiles are returning to reel-to-reel

Audiophiles are notorious for embracing dated technologies, but their latest move might leave some wondering if they’ve lost their marbles. Incredibly, the audio world is seeing the resurgence of a product that declined decades ago and practically disappeared from the market around the early 2000s: the reel-to-reel tape deck. Forty years ago, a reel-to-reel deck […]

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After The Fall (2CD) by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

We are told ….. In the course of its 30-year lifespan the trio of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack De Johnette – the group colloquially known as “the Standards trio”- made many outstanding recordings. And After The Fall, overflowing with sparkling playing and dynamic interaction, must rank with the very best of them. “I […]

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PAT METHENY: Live In Chicago ’87 (CD)

PAT METHENY GROUP VIC THEATER, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 29TH 1987 In 1986 Pat Metheny released Song X, an uncompromising free jazz collaboration with Ornette Coleman. Thereafter he signed with Geffen Records and recorded the considerably more accessible Still Life (Talking), which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. This superb set was recorded at […]

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JAZZ: A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob […]

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PAUL KLINEFELTER: Night Mood

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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PAT METHENY: World-renowned jazz musician discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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PAT METHENY: The Orchestrion Project (2CD)

In 2010, 19-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny took his musical exploration to a new territory with his Orchestrion, a computer controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on guitar. After releasing the Orchestrion record, Metheny and his ‘band’ hit the road, playing over 100 concerts around the world, culminating with the recording of […]

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CONCEPTUAL JAZZ: A revealing insight

Frank Caruso writes: I wrote an article some months ago about chromaticism in harmony. In that article I did a reharmonization of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” The focus of that reharmonization was to demonstrate that a I-V7-I progression may be converted into a progression using all twelve tonalities of the chromatic scale while leaving […]

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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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EXHIBITIONS: Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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JAZZ: Karrin Allyson fares better at the microphone than the piano

  Howard Reich:  The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed to the piano to accompany herself. A voice as distinctive and a stage presence […]

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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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BOB WILLOUGHBY: Body and Soul. Book review by Chris May

To the wider world, Bob Willoughby is the Los Angeles photographer who took a raft of iconic photographs of movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. During the earlier part of this period, as the first-call photographer for studios wishing to document the making of […]

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MILES DAVIS: Tutu (Deluxe Edition) (180g Vinyl 2LP)

  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 tribute to […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set

The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire mid-’50s to early ’60s […]

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