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Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued

Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued

BY CHRIS MAY
October 23, 2020

Practically unobtainable since their release by RCA Italy in 1972, the ten albums which make up Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'Immaginazione are being reissued by Dialogo on October 30 2020. The new release plugs a chasm in the availability of classic-era library music, which at its best is an art form worthy of serious attention. It does not get more fascinating than on Dimensioni Sonore, which is regarded as the Holy Grail of ......

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Meet Mark Sullivan

Meet Mark Sullivan

BY AAJ STAFF
October 22, 2020

I currently live in: Indian Trail, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte). I joined All About Jazz in: I joined in 2012, after reading the site casually for a couple of years. I answered the call to join the staff in early 2014 (I think), initially as an editor. I kept getting requests for album reviews, and finally published my first one in December, 2014. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I ......

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Meet Doug Collette

Meet Doug Collette

BY AAJ STAFF
October 22, 2020

Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and concerts (plus a few mutually-enlightening dialogues with musicians as varied as Americana master Peter Case, esteemed jazz guitarist John Scofield and all three members ......

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Cuban Pianist Elio Villafranca New Children's Book: Who Ate The Pie?

Cuban Pianist Elio Villafranca New Children's Book: Who Ate The Pie?

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
October 21, 2020

Two-time Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Elio Villafranca has expanded his creative universe to become an author with the release of his first Children’s Book WHO ATE THE PIE? WHO ATE THE PIE? offers children an interactive way to learn to recognize animals by the geometrical shapes of their footprints and by the sound each animal makes. Who Ate the Pie? is a fun, engaging, educational, and beautifully illustrated book, where young children and their parents are invited to join ......

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Analog Africa: digging deeper into forgotten corners of global groove

Analog Africa: digging deeper into forgotten corners of global groove

BY ROB GARRATT
October 21, 2020

For casual but curious collectors of eclectic sounds and global grooves, Analog Africa might be the Holy Grail. Since being founded in Germany by Samy Ben Redjeb in 2006, the Tunisian crate digger's deeply personal and highly idiosyncratic imprint has birthed a steady stream of 40 peerless releases and counting—carefully curated collections of rare and obscure analogue-era recordings which invariably act as thrilling sonic transporters, touristic time capsules and irresistible dance-floor fillers. The story begins in 2000 when ......

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Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone

Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone

BY PAUL RAUCH
October 20, 2020

The career of Hal Galper has earned the pianist acclaim as both a performer and educator. Perhaps most importantly, it has drawn attention to his contributions to the music as a true innovator. While other pianists of his era gained more recognition, Galper sought out a career path where acclaim would be genuine among his peers and his audience, and not measured by the value of his name and the balance of his bank account. Now at the ......

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Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode

Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode

BY FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
October 19, 2020

To really distinguish oneself in today's vast universe of guitarists, even within the confines of jazz, more and more resembles a Sisyphus task. When so much has been said and done, a specific tone or distinctive vocabulary alone no longer suffice to set an artist apart from the crowd. It is only through the sum of the different parts—various technical, aesthetic and even philosophical ones—that a musician is able to claim a place among the original voices on the instrument. ......

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Take Five with Denin Koch

Take Five with Denin Koch

BY AAJ STAFF
October 19, 2020

Meet Denin Koch Hailed as possessing “pristine playing, meticulous composing" and “a very personal voice deserving of attention," guitarist and composer Denin Koch has synthesized his wide and varied influences into a unique approach to jazz improvisation. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Ryan Keberle, and the Spokane Symphony (as a soloist), published a book, graduated from the Eastman School of Music, and released an album of original music—all before ......

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Sylwester Ostrowski & Jazz Forum Talents Release New Album Jammin’ With KC

Sylwester Ostrowski & Jazz Forum Talents Release New Album Jammin’ With KC

BY CHEPTOO KOSITANY
October 19, 2020

Sylwester Ostrowski and Jazz Forum Talents' new album Jammin With KC featuring Bobby Watson, Logan Richardson and Keyon Harrold is available today under the recording label Agora. Fans can enjoy the music on YouTube and Spotify. Jamming with KC is a postcard from jny: Kansas City. This momentous album results from the Polish Jazz musicians' expedition to the birthplace of Charlie Parker. The Polish-American encounter was part of the Centennial celebration for Parker, and the timing is important as it ......

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7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest – 5th Edition – Deadline is extended until November 1st, 2020

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest – 5th Edition – Deadline is extended until November 1st, 2020

BY VALERIO PAPPI
October 19, 2020

7 Virtual Jazz Club announces that the new deadline for entering the contest will be November 1st, accepting requests from many musicians who were unable to realize in time their video performances due to Covid-19 emergency. This Year's Categories Under 25 Amateurs & Pros To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video of their performance. Due to Covid-19 emergency, the 7 Virtual Jazz Club decided to help participants accepting also multi-screen videos ......

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George Gruel: Lawyers Guns & Photos: Photographs and tales of my adventures with Warren Zevon - Deluxe International Edition

George Gruel: Lawyers Guns & Photos: Photographs and tales of my adventures with Warren Zevon - Deluxe International Edition

BY DOUG COLLETTE
October 17, 2020

Lawyers, Guns & Photos: Photographs and tales of my adventures with Warren Zevon George Gruel 112 Pages ISBN: # 978-0615617725 Big Gorilla Books 2020 George Gruel may not have been Warren Zevon's only jack-of-all-trades, road manager and aide-de-camp (for six years), but having been called out to the stage, in no uncertain terms, during the frenetic finish to songwriter/musician's live album Stand In The Fire (Asylum, 1980), he's certainly the most famous. ......

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Michael Cuscuna: In The Vault Playing God

Michael Cuscuna: In The Vault Playing God

BY AAJ STAFF
October 17, 2020

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 2000. Michael Cuscuna is one of the most important figures in the jazz reissue field today. He has been responsible for hundreds of releases for many companies, and he was fortunate to meet and befriend Alfred Lion during the final years of his life. He is an authority on Lion's life and work and on the recordings and history of the Blue Note label. ......

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Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

BY GINNY SHEA
October 17, 2020

Described as an “extraordinary, unforgettable evening with a sublime artist at the height of her powers–it should on no account be missed!” (Musical Theatre Review), Ute Lemper’s Rendezvous With Marlene channels Dietrich’s story of courage, glamour, and humanity. Ahead of her time, Dietrich was a legend as an actress, singer, fashion icon, and free spirit. In her first show entirely focused on honoring Marlene, based on the true story of a phone call they shared, Lemper interprets some of Dietrich’s ......

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Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart

Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
October 16, 2020

Brian Andres Trio Latino Mayan Suite Bacalao Records 2020 Drummer and percussionist Brian Andres may have been born in Cincinnati but his musical homeland is Latin America. A drummer by age ten, Anders studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and eventually followed his Latin musical muse from local gigs with Cincinnati Slim & The Headhunters to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he founded and fronted the Afro-Latin ......

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International Jazz Musician Survey (COVID-19 Edition)

International Jazz Musician Survey (COVID-19 Edition)

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 16, 2020

Of course, COVID-19 has disrupted the lives and jobs of many different people worldwide. But given our work at Jazzfuel, we wanted to look specifically at how jazz musicians are being affected by the current situation. We conducted a comprehensive survey of 266 professional jazz musicians around the world about their work and plans in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. 55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021 Delving into government support, loss of ......

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Bits and Bytes

Bits and Bytes

BY MR. P.C.
October 15, 2020

Dear Mr. P.C.: Do you really have to suffer to be a great artist, or is that just Hollywood BS? --Pete L., Chicago Dear Pete: It's absolutely true, and that's why you should always seek out and play with the worst musicians possible. Dear Mr. P.C.: Some jazz players record all their gigs and listen studiously to the playbacks. Others can't stand to hear themselves and don't even ......

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Saxophonist And Composer Dean Tsur Carefully Crafts A Montage Of Memoirs With 'Moments Of Inspiration' As He Reflects On Seven Years Of Music

Saxophonist And Composer Dean Tsur Carefully Crafts A Montage Of Memoirs With 'Moments Of Inspiration' As He Reflects On Seven Years Of Music

BY OUTSIDE IN MUSIC
October 15, 2020

Saxophonist, composer, and Thelonious Monk Competition Semi-Finalist Dean Tsur is a musician whose career is marked by constant growth. Whether it is the shifting nature of where home is found, musical development through a flowing cast of mentors and colleagues, or introspective reflection on the music of one’s own past, Dean has looked the complexities and wonders of life in the eyes and responded with boldness and creativity. Moments of Inspiration is a musical homage to the past seven years ......

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Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal

Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal

BY AAJ STAFF
October 15, 2020

Meet TRi/O TRi/O is a collaborative groove-based contemporary jazz & funk outing from three New York musicians: Steve Shapiro on vibraphone and mallet keyboards, virtuoso 5-string bassist Dave Anderson, and drummer Tyger MacNeal. Their combined credits comprise a long list of major jazz and pop artists—including Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Whitney Houston, They Might Be Giants, Bill Evans, Nelson Rangell, Jeff Kashiwa, Bob Baldwin, Marc Antoine, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Smokey Robinson, Art Garfunkel, Blood ......

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Herbie Hancock Celebrates 80th Birthday  By Announcing Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set

Herbie Hancock Celebrates 80th Birthday By Announcing Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 15, 2020

Vinyl Me, Please and legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock today announce VMP Anthology: The Story of Herbie Hancock—an exclusive vinyl box set celebrating the illustrious career of Herbie Hancock. The Story of Herbie Hancock reinvents the box set experience to take listeners on a sequential journey told across eight albums chosen by Herbie and paired with an exclusive podcast interview series in celebration of Herbie’s 80th birthday, on April 12, 2020. “It brings back fond memories, looking at my discography,” ......

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck

BY PAUL RAUCH
October 14, 2020

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 1930's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ......

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