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Emma Swift's Multitudes

Emma Swift's Multitudes

BY ERIC GUDAS
September 22, 2020

As its title suggests, Blonde on the Tracks, Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swift's first full-length album, re-interprets songs from the heart of Bob Dylan 1960s and '70s catalog, although its span covers his most recent work. Swift belongs to the generations of listeners who grew up on the songs of Gram Parsons}], Dylan, {{m: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bill Withers, Leonard Cohen, and other masters of 1960s and '70s-era Great North American Songbook, much as Dylan and his contemporaries were ......

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CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)

CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

BY CHRIS MAY
September 21, 2020

Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over Taylor's output for his own CTI label, which spanned jazz-funk, fusion, hard bop and post-bop straight-ahead. Taylor cut his teeth in ......

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Meet Mike Jurkovic

BY AAJ STAFF
September 19, 2020

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had been writing and contributing to more rock and folk oriented publications for years as the Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon when a couple of encouraging ......

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Tallinn Music Week 2020

Tallinn Music Week 2020

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 18, 2020

Tallinn Music Week Tallinn, Estonia August 28-29, 2020 Postponed from March, the Tallinn Music Week might not have happened, even in August. Seemingly on the cusp of cancellation, its team forged ahead with determination, even though many of their booked artists were forced to veer away due to the increasing red-zone virus status of many European countries. Ultimately, there was a higher ratio of native Estonian acts present this year, but also visitors from ......

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Station Narva 2020

Station Narva 2020

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 17, 2020

Station Narva Narva, Estonia August 26, 2020 Only the Narva River separates this festival from Russian territory. This is the easternmost point of Estonia, with the compact Station Narva taking place in the environs of Art Club Ro-Ro, right on the riverbank. There's the main Pealava outdoor stage, plus a blank factory unit that acts as the Tantsulava dance stage, simply three walls and a raised security door, opening up to the outside air. ......

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Takuya Kuroda: Fly Moon Die Soon's Delicious Future-Funk Throwback

Takuya Kuroda: Fly Moon Die Soon's Delicious Future-Funk Throwback

BY ROB GARRATT
September 17, 2020

Last time All About Jazz spoke to Takuya Kuroda, just days after the release of his smoky, neo-soul-styled breakthrough Rising Sun (Blue Note, 2014), the Japanese trumpeter was asked what he wanted to record next. “I see myself doing more of a straight-ahead thing," he said at time. “I might do an album with strings." Kuroda guffaws heavily when reminded of expressing this sentiment. After all, Rising Sun was instead followed by the thick funk/fusion workout of Zigzagger ......

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marina Albero

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marina Albero

BY PAUL RAUCH
September 16, 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 30'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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Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching

Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching

BY JIM TRAGESER
September 15, 2020

Charles McPherson will always be known for his alto sax playing. A favorite of Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, McPherson first gained a national reputation playing in Charles Mingus' combo in the late 1950s. By 1964 he was recording as a leader (although he'd continue to perform with Mingus for another half-decade), and later re-created Charlie Parker's playing for the 1988 Eastwood film Bird. Still busy into his ninth decade, the 81-year-old McPherson has recently added another role to ......

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Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

BY EMMANUEL DI TOMMASO
September 14, 2020

The wait is over. The much anticipated Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex has been released by BMG after a number of vicissitudes, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, which took the album's producer Hal Willner, on April 7, 2020, one day after his 64th birthday. Angelheaded Hipster was his swan song. In true Hal Willner fashion, this tribute project features countless Marc Bolan classics covered by a motley crew of artists, ranging from household names ......

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Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club

Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club

BY DAVID A. ORTHMANN
September 13, 2020

Joe Magnarelli Quintet Smalls Jazz Club New York, NY September 1, 2020 One hundred days may not sound like a particularly long time in the annals of jazz or, for that matter, any human endeavor. Nevertheless, in the midst of a seemingly endless pandemic that has upended every aspect of our lives, Smalls Jazz Club's persistence in presenting live jazz in a streaming format constitutes a bastion of stability and a major lifeline for ......

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My Conversation with Gary Peacock

My Conversation with Gary Peacock

BY AAJ STAFF
September 12, 2020

This article was first published at All About Jazz in October 1999. Having been in the political arena, I know first hand the power of celebrity's undertow. It has a way of casually siphoning the integrity of a candidate. Fame and power in politics, I find, is quite similar in our music, and that it is no fluke that artists “sell-out." But Gary Peacock has not. The bassist that is fondly known for being a part of what ......

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Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

BY MARTIN MCFIE
September 12, 2020

The Jan Harbeck Quartet Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark August 27, 2020 A few blocks away from the Christiansborg Palace--the seat of the Danish government--in a street filled with bustle and bicycles, is Jazzhus Montmartre, which has been here, or near here, since it began in 1959, that magical year for modern jazz recordings which saw the release of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Hum and Dave Brubeck's Time ......

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Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

BY MARTIN MCFIE
September 12, 2020

Eric Ineke JazzXpress featuring Tineke Postma Bimhuis Amsterdam, Holland September 5, 2020 Dutch drummer and bandleader Eric Ineke's JazzXpress featured Tineke Postma on her alto saxophone for a centenary celebration of Charlie Parker's fast, virtuoso bebop. Postma studied at the Amsterdam conservatory and the whole band is based locally. The sextet was completed by Ian Cleaver trumpet, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen on tenor saxophone, Marius Beets on stand-up bass and Rob van Bavel at the piano. ......

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The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

BY B.D. LENZ
September 11, 2020

I remember a period of time around ten to fifteen years ago when I was constantly being propositioned by musician friends and audio wannabes to do some recording in their basements. It seemed that with the advent of home recording software, overnight, everyone had become an audio engineer. But after many recording sessions over the years, in studios of all types, I've come to truly value the opportunities to work with experienced professionals and have come to appreciate the art ......

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Ornette Coleman: An Outsider Cracks the Egg

Ornette Coleman: An Outsider Cracks the Egg

BY STEVE PROVIZER
September 11, 2020

Part 1 | Part 2 There are two ways a musician can make a significant impact on jazz. One is to mobilize virtuosity and knowledge to push the current boundaries of the music. There are a number who fall in this category, but unassailable examples are Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. The other way to make an impact is to bring an alternative approach powerful enough to challenge the entire pre-existing musical paradigm. Ornette Coleman was ......

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Matt Gold: A Guitarist in Songwriter's Disguise

Matt Gold: A Guitarist in Songwriter's Disguise

BY FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
September 10, 2020

Combining improvisational concepts with Americana aesthetics is one thing, but enveloping this blend in a songwriter approach is another story entirely. The first concept is common practice these days, the second however represents the unique character which the up and coming jny: Chicago-based guitarist Matt Gold has to offer on his compelling debut effort, Imagined Sky (Whirlwind Recordings, 2020). Midwestern soundscapes meet art rock sensibilities featuring twangy guitar lines and a light acoustic touch on an album that doesn't shy ......

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Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California

Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California

BY MARK SULLIVAN
September 10, 2020

Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California David Chisholm: writing drawing and lettering; Peter Markowski: colors 144 Pages ISBN: 978-1940878386 (13) Z2 Comics 2020 Bebop pioneer Charlie Parker came to California in December, 1945 to play alto saxophone in trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's band at Billy Berg's Hollywood jazz club. Their reception was mixed, with many in the audience unable to embrace the bebop revolution. When the two month residency ended Parker stayed behind, ......

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Instrumental by Dave Chisholm

Instrumental by Dave Chisholm

BY MARK SULLIVAN
September 10, 2020

Instrumental Dave Chisholm 136 Pages ISBN: # 1940878152 Z2 Comics 2017 With Instrumental trumpeter/composer/cartoonist Dave Chisholm presents a black and white morality tale about a struggling young trumpeter and bandleader—with an accompanying soundtrack. There have been previous instances of visual/musical collaborations: I think of Alan Moore's The Birth Caul (and other “workings") that involved spoken word and music, in some cases later illustrated; more recently, songwriter Jonathan Coulton commissioned a graphic novel ......

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Charlie Parker: Ten High Flying Albums Of Paradigm Shifting Genius

Charlie Parker: Ten High Flying Albums Of Paradigm Shifting Genius

BY CHRIS MAY
September 9, 2020

Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920, and brought up across the state line in anything-goes, jazz-friendly Kansas City, Missouri, controlled from the mid 1920s to the late 1930s by the spectacularly corrupt politician Tom Prendergast, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker lived fast and hard and passed in 1955, aged only 34 years. A founding father of bop, he is, alongside Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, one the three most influential musicians in the history of jazz. Parker's ......

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Take Five with AXIOM

Take Five with AXIOM

BY AAJ STAFF
September 9, 2020

Meet Axiom Founded and brought together by brothers Pete and Phil Templer, guitarist/composer and drummer/percussionist/composer respectively, the goal was to establish a creative and engaging environment to present a dynamic musical experience to audiences of all types. Pete and Phil both hail from the Midwest where they began their musical journey studying and playing in a variety of venues at early ages. Both enrolled in various musical colleges; Pete studied at Berklee and University of Miami under Jerry ......

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