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Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

BY KYLE SIMPLER
June 17, 2021

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in his music much like a motif appears in literature. Perhaps this is most evident in his 1997 album with Charlie Haden, Beyond the Missouri ......

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Bill Evans' Behind The Dikes: The First Official And Complete Release Of The 1969 Netherlands Recordings On Elemental Music Records

Bill Evans' Behind The Dikes: The First Official And Complete Release Of The 1969 Netherlands Recordings On Elemental Music Records

BY ELEMENTAL MUSIC
June 17, 2021

The first official release of three extraordinary live performances by jazz legend Bill Evans, will be available for the second drop of Record Store Day on July 17th for the 3-LP SET edition and on July 23rd for the deluxe 2-CD SET. Remastered from the original tape reels housed at the Nederlands Jazz Archief, this limited edition comes in a triple gatefold LP Jacket, 180-gram audiophile vinyl set. It includes an extensive 12 pages LP insert for the vinyl (32 ......

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Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records

Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records

BY FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
June 16, 2021

A sound poet of sorts, Swiss tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger has gained quite a reputation for his lyrical tone and creative penmanship, more often than not responsible for the majority of the memorable repertoire he records and performs. The poetic nature of his music is owed not only to the artists that have influenced him over time, but also to the life events that inspire his musical creativity and the things that surround him in everyday life, such as his ......

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'La Note Bleue,' The Album That Marked The Great Return Of Barney Wilen, Presented In A Stunning Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

'La Note Bleue,' The Album That Marked The Great Return Of Barney Wilen, Presented In A Stunning Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

BY ELEMENTAL MUSIC
June 16, 2021

This deluxe box set presents the original LP La Note Bleue by the Barney Wilen Quintet in a 180-gram virgin vinyl, sounding better than ever after being newly remastered from the original 24-track analog master tapes by the sound engineer that initially recorded the album, Hervé Le Guil, assisted by Daniel Cayotte. La Note Bleue was awarded the Grand Prix Jazz de l’Académie Charles Cros as “The Best French Jazz Album of 1987”, and features Barney Wilen on tenor and ......

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The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

BY MICHAEL RICCI
June 16, 2021

Jazz history was forged in the rustic Black Forest of Germany in 1968 when Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer launched MPS Records and recorded some of the genre’s seminal artists. Legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, The Count Basie Orchestra and George Duke released albums on the prestigious label known for its high-level recording technique and distinctive aesthetic. Much of MPS’s catalog will be reissued in the United States over the coming months thanks to a ......

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John Richmond, Allen Farnham, Bill Moring and Steve Johns at The Turning Point Cafe

John Richmond, Allen Farnham, Bill Moring and Steve Johns at The Turning Point Cafe

BY DAVID A. ORTHMANN
June 15, 2021

John Richmond, Allen Farnham, Bill Moring, Steve Johns The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY June 7, 2021 The return of Monday night jazz at The Turning Point Café felt like good old times. The series has been running since 2007 and the last date was March 9, 2020. In addition to an air of anticipation prior to the opening set, familiar, reassuring signs were in evidence. An aging trumpeter sat at a table blowing into ......

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The 7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Contest 6th Edition Officially Begins - Applications for 2021 edition are now open

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Contest 6th Edition Officially Begins - Applications for 2021 edition are now open

BY VALERIO PAPPI
June 15, 2021

On 15th June, pre-registration ends and the sixth edition of the one and only online jazz contest in the world officially begins with great news: new prizes, new sponsors, new judges, new website and new voting method. Deadline November 15th, 2021 2021 Categories Under 25: soloists and bands of 25 years old or younger, of any nationality, provided that they never had a booking agent, recording company or publisher; Pros&Amateurs: all the musicians not belonging to the Under25 category. How ......

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Spontaneity: Zinfandel Meets The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

Spontaneity: Zinfandel Meets The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

BY KRISTEN LEE SERGEANT
June 15, 2021

Welcome to June's Jazz & Juice! So if last month we took a deeper look at things that might be familiar and formal (in prose, video, and podcast,) in this one we'll be celebrating the pleasures you can't plan for. Spontaneity There's no mistaking music that's truly of and in the moment. Virtuosity, organization, and composition are all to be admired; however, spontaneity and improvisation are big parts of what sets jazz music apart from any other. Having ......

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The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky

The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky

BY B.D. LENZ
June 14, 2021

Continuing in my Chats with Cats articles I wanted to speak with an instrument maker. We often forget how important these artisans are to the tone and timbre of the music itself. Being a guitarist, I was excited to speak with Roger Sadowsky, a New York City based guitar and bass maker who has made instruments for some of my favorite musicians. I've often found his kind to be a special breed of people who's attention to detail can only ......

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Vocalist Staci Griesbach Launches 'Songbook Singles' Series Celebrating 20th Century Composers From Great American Songbook  And Beyond

Vocalist Staci Griesbach Launches 'Songbook Singles' Series Celebrating 20th Century Composers From Great American Songbook And Beyond

BY STACI GRIESBACH
June 14, 2021

New Series Launches with 1951 Academy Award-Nominated Best Original Song “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” & 1961 Academy Award-Winning Best Original Song “Moon River.” Now Available on Bandcamp & Coming to All Digital & Streaming Platforms on June 25, 2021. Known for reimagining the Great American Songbook of country music, Los Angeles-based vocalist Staci Griesbach is launching a new music collection called Songbook Singles, debuting with the 1951 Academy Award-nominated Best Original Song “A Kiss to Build a ......

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Spoonhunt's First CD Releases

Spoonhunt's First CD Releases

BY JOHN EYLES
June 13, 2021

Like the notorious London buses, with musician-run independent record labels, you wait ages for one to arrive and then two come along together. Just as punters were welcoming N.O. Moore's new dx/dy label, along comes the first batch of releases on bassist Dominic Lash's charmingly-named Spoonhunt label. To be fair, Spoonhunt is not totally new. Since April 2015, it has been issuing downloadable recordings via Bandcamp. The label's first three CD releases were recorded live at London's Café Oto. Spoonhunt ......

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Legendary Strata-East Label Celebrates 50 Years - Led By Charles Tolliver With Narrator Danny Glover On September 1-4 At Birdland

Legendary Strata-East Label Celebrates 50 Years - Led By Charles Tolliver With Narrator Danny Glover On September 1-4 At Birdland

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
June 13, 2021

STRATA-EAST RECORDS @ 50 with Charles Tolliver & the Strata-East All Stars featuring Billy Harper, George Cables, Buster Williams, Lenny White AND guest screen star activist Danny Glover as narrator. Due to unforeseen circumstances brought about by an emergency dental procedure for Charles requiring proper healing time which would extend past the original scheduled June 16 date, the show has been rescheduled. The livestream concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Strata-East Records with Charles Tolliver & the Strata-East All Stars ......

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The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

BY MARK CORROTO
June 12, 2021

After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before the pandemic) are a glimmer of hope for a return to normalcy. Michael And Peter Formanek Dyads Out Of ......

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Transforming A Popular Song

Transforming A Popular Song

BY MATTHEW SWEENEY
June 11, 2021

One of the most transformative experiences in my life happened while drifting around the Museum of Modern Art in New York a few years ago, standing in awe before Picasso's Seated Woman, one of the many “portraits" of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. I was astounded at the huge discrepancy between her photograph, which was displayed along with the portrait's descriptive text, and his breath-taking interpretation of her presence in that painting. What kind of genius does it take to transform ......

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart's Afro-Caribbean Odyssey

Jacques Schwarz-Bart's Afro-Caribbean Odyssey

BY JOHN CHACONA
June 10, 2021

The saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart was born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in the shadow of La Grande Soufrière, which is both an active volcano and the highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles. Both aspects of that peak get to the heart of Schwarz-Bart's career, which has been characterized by rapid ascents and explosive creativity. About those heights: Schwarz-Bart, who is 58, didn't take up the saxophone until he was 24 years old. Three years later, he was ......

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The JAS Academy Presented By Jazz Aspen Snowmass In Collaboration With The Frost School Of Music At The University Of Miami Expands To 4 Weeks & 2 Summer Sessions

The JAS Academy Presented By Jazz Aspen Snowmass In Collaboration With The Frost School Of Music At The University Of Miami Expands To 4 Weeks & 2 Summer Sessions

BY SHERYL FEUERSTEIN
June 10, 2021

JAZZ GREATS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (7)-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER CHRISTIAN McBRIDE TO BE JOINED BY MULTI-GRAMMY NOMINEE FROST DEAN SHELLY BERG & FROST FACULTY IN RECENTLY EXPANDED PROGRAM TO BRING 44 STUDENT MUSICIANS TO ASPEN FOR SUMMER RESIDENCIES In 2021 Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) will expand its mid-summer JAS Academy collaboration with the Frost School of Music (FSoM) at the University of Miami to include the new “Combo/Small Ensemble Sessions.” This two-week intensive workshop taking place July 11-25, will be followed ......

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Chenin Blanc from the Loire

Chenin Blanc from the Loire

BY MATT PENMAN
June 10, 2021

The wild Loire river runs from the Atlantic ocean deep into France's center, and there is beautiful, diverse, and historically under-appreciated wine throughout its entire length. But the middle section, from Angers to the city of Tours, is where Chenin Blanc rules. A varietal with a real talent for expressing the land, it sucks up available minerals and gives wines of generosity or austerity depending on the soil and location--not to mention the personality of the winemaker. Exposed ......

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The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions Now Available on Mosaic Records

The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions Now Available on Mosaic Records

BY MICHAEL RICCI
June 10, 2021

When you get your copy of Mosaic’s new five-CD collector’s set, The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions, you’ll be holding a master key to unlocking 1960s jazz. That’s a big statement. But when you consider how much was happening from 1963 to 1966, the years covered by this collection, and contemplate how many different looks he provided through that time period, you can’t ignore his significance as a saxophonist and as someone central to the music’s development. In ......

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Jazz vs. Classical Funding

Jazz vs. Classical Funding

BY NICHOLAS KROLAK
June 9, 2021

Throughout jazz history there has been a desire among the jazz community to see the music respected on the same level as western classical music. It is after all, jazz is America's classical music. As Dr. Billy Taylor explains, “Classical music must be time-tested; it must serve as a standard or model; it must have established value; and it must be indigenous to the culture for which it speaks. Jazz meets the criteria of classical music. Because it is particularly ......

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One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

BY GINNY SHEA
June 9, 2021

Like many serious musicians, John Stein was trying to find a way to reach his audience following the Covid-19 breakout. He had just released Watershed, a career- defining recording to mark his planned retirement from Berklee College of Music, where he was an acclaimed educator. Of course, as with live music in general, the tour in support of Watershed was scrapped. Prior to the pandemic, Whaling City Sound’s Neal Weiss had asked Stein to bring a trio for an outdoor ......

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