My good friend and colleague Randall Kennedy and I are tired of watching (and hearing) jazz slowly fade away.
We ask why is this happening? What’s happening in the music and what’s going on in the media when it comes to covering jazz? Why do the same handful of names dominate nearly every blog post, critic’s list or major media article when it comes to the music? Why is jazz radio such a snoozer? The questions goes on and on …
The vocalist Al Jarreau will forever be remembered for his innovative talent, warm personality and inspiring music. Back in 2011, we had the good fortune to hang out with Al and discuss his prolific musical career. On this very special Jazz Online podcast, we chat with Al and discuss his artistry, creative process and the 1978 Grammy Award winning classic album Look To The Rainbow.
In late 2015, the label SWR Jazzhaus released a live Lyle Mays concert recording taken from 1993. Recorded while on tour for his “Fictionary” release, the band consisted of Mays on Piano, bassist Marc Johnson, saxophonist Bob Sheppard and drummer Mark Walker. And although this concert was recorded as part of the German Ludwigsburger Festival, it never saw the light of the day until last year – 22 years after the fact. Read more
It is hard to say exactly why a musical artist moves you deep in your soul but for me in the case of vocalist Carmen McRae it is these three things: She interprets lyric in an organic way that is on a level all her own with a take no prisoners attitude. She intuitively interacts with her band as well as a live audience. She has sass, strength and fearlessness as a singer and is an impeccable musician and composer. Read more