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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kenny Washington: From the Ninth Ward to the World Stage

Kenny Washington: From the Ninth Ward to the World Stage

BY MARK ROBBINS
June 8, 2021

As a result of past visits to jny: Norfolk, Kenny Washington has amassed a large following of fans here, so it was no surprise that tickets sold out when the Virginia Arts Festival announced that he would be the first guest of the post-Covid season. As one of the best male jazz vocalist singing today, Kenny had a busy traveling schedule, both in the United States and Europe, when it all came to a sudden stop. Live venues closed, some ......

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Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog on AGS Recordings

Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog on AGS Recordings

BY MARK SULLIVAN
June 8, 2021

After more than a decade of advocating new and creative approaches to the guitar, the New York-based Alternative Guitar Summit is branching out with a guitar-centric record label called AGS Recordings. Its pair of inaugural albums come from the label co-founders Joel Harrison (also the founder and director of the Summit) and Anthony Pirog (a frequent performer on the Summit). Joel Harrison Guitar Talk AGS Recordings 2021 Joel Harrison's Guitar Talk focuses on ......

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From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground

From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground

BY KARL ACKERMANN
June 7, 2021

Bassist Kevin Ray has recorded or played with John Stubblefield, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Marty Ehrlich, Elliott Sharp, John Hicks, Hamiet Bluiett and Nels Cline. Ray has performed in the premieres of works by Joe McPhee, Leroy Jenkins and others. The bassist co-leads the adventurous trio 10³²K's with trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, percussionist Andrew Drury and briefly, the late Roswell Rudd. The group, to date, has issued two releases, That Which is Planted (Passin' Thru Records, 2014) The Law ......

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Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You

Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
June 6, 2021

Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2 Alfi Records 2021 “I was 14 when I first heard the music of Tom Jobim," recalls Albare, nom de guerre of guitarist Albert Dadon. “I already had six years of guitar learning under my belt. When I first heard those bossa chords, my ears were opened in a whole new way. A musical seed was planted in my brain that would never leave me." ...

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Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World

Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World

BY ROB MARIANI
June 6, 2021

This article was published posthumously and on behalf of All About Jazz's long-time friend and contributor, Rob Mariani. “Bebop is one of the more complicated forms of jazz music," says Greg Abate, one of New England's most well-known alto sax players. He's been keeping this “art form" alive and thriving for years. “It takes a lot of technique and dexterity to play bebop right," Abate says. “Every good musician knows that jazz is an art ......

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Rickie Lee Jones:  Peg Leg’s Granddaughter Rises Above

Rickie Lee Jones: Peg Leg’s Granddaughter Rises Above

BY R.J. DELUKE
June 5, 2021

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour, the memoir of the eminent Rickie Lee Jones, is not a collection of stories about the famous singer who sprouted from the hippie era under the radar before blazing like a shooting star across the American sky with her self-titled debut album that contained the megahit “Chuck E's in Love." Of course, Jones is that person and that story of a meteoric rise, quickly surpassing friends like Tom Waits in ......

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Sisters With Transistors

Sisters With Transistors

BY IAN PATTERSON
June 5, 2021

Sisters With Transistors Director: Lisa RovnerMetrograph Pictures86 minutes 2021 The history of electronic music has always been a male-dominated tale, which is odd given just how formative women have been in its development. Writer and director Lisa Rovner's fascinating documentary Sisters With Transistors addresses this historical imbalance in honoring the pioneering women who forged uncharted paths in electronic music/experimental sound. As narrator Laurie Anderson relates, it is a story of ..."women ......

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Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle

Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle

BY PAUL RAUCH
June 4, 2021

Traditionally, the jam session in jazz has provided an outlet for artistic growth and musical connections, for younger musicians to play with more established artists. The oral tradition that has allowed the music to evolve and grow generationally lives at the community jam session. It is a fertile meeting place and proving ground for both established players and newcomers. Most importantly, sessions uphold the values of community and fellowship. While the overall vibe in modern times is infinitely more inclusive ......

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Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

BY ARTHUR R GEORGE
June 3, 2021

For 22-year-old trumpeter Clifford Brown, the summer of 1953 in jny: Atlantic City, New Jersey, was transformative. Playing with bebop elders, he cumulatively opened the door for what came next: a groove-oriented swinging style, in which small groups used structured arrangements like big bands, with room for improvisation, but less frenzy. It became known as hard bop, or “mainstream." In early June, Brown went to jny: New York City at the call of Tadd Dameron. Dameron planned a ......

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