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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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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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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PAT METHENY: News

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

We are told … 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 […]

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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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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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HENRY THREADGILL: News

Kevin Le Gendrte / THE INDEPENDENT Chicago is one of the great musical powerhouses of America. Since the Twenties, its Black population has produced colossal talents, such as classical composer Florence Price and soul singer Curtis Mayfield, not to mention any number of jazz pioneers, from Sun Ra to Quincy Jones to Herbie Hancock. Less […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: News

JAZZWISE: Bassist Charles Mingus shook up the jazz world like few others, Kevin Le Gendre assesses his legacy and speaks to contemporary bass stars Christian McBride and Boris Kozlov about his influence Instruments owned by famous musicians have been a staple at auctions for many years. When a rock star guitar goes under the hammer […]

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ORNETTE COLEMAN: News

ALLMUSIC.COM Ornette Coleman’s 1960s recordings for Blue Note are usually — and perhaps unjustly — de-emphasized when accounting for the enormity of his contribution to the evolution of jazz. The saxophonist recorded five albums under his own name: There are two volumes of At the “Golden Circle” Stockholm, The Empty Foxhole, Love Call, and New […]

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MILES DAVIS QUINTET: News

This remarkable concert finds Miles Davis playing with his second quintet, comprising Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Albert Stinson (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Recorded for broadcast on KALX Radio, it features the only live recording of Dolores by this group, and their last known recording of Stella By Starlight. An incendiary document […]

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PAT METHENY: News

“Pat Metheny’s Unity Band is a wave to his fine album 80/81, which featured the late Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman on saxes. Their roles are merged here on a batch of new Metheny pieces by the versatile Chris Potter, accompanied by regular drummer Antonio Sanchez and gifted bass newcomer Ben Williams.  The themes are typical Metheny: sensuous Latin […]

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CHARLIE PARKER: News

He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their lives. Dip in and out HERE

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