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Remembering Carmen McRae & Her (Nearly Forgotten) Masterpiece

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

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Charlie Haden’s Quartet West Turns 25 (Part 2)

In the 25 years Charlie Haden has been recording with his stellar group Quartet West, the band has skillfully used vocals as an adjective to each thematic album comprised of a uniquely hand picked repertoire of instrumental tracks by Haden himself. Read more

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Jazz Backstage: Charlie Haden

The legendary bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has had no shortage of excellent work lately. Read more

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Charlie Haden’s Quartet West Turns 25

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Charlie Haden’s band Quartet West. What started out as a simple gig in Santa Monica has developed into one of the greatest jazz groups in the past quarter century. Read more

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Q&A: George Duke

One of the most versatile players in jazz is George Duke. Whether he is playing in a straight ahead trio context or backing a vocalist or playing funk or producing, George is just one of those musical genius types that can comfortably fit in anywhere. Read moreRead more

20
Mar
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The Traneumentary: Dave Schroeder (commentary)

There are great albums and then there are GREAT albums.

NYU Director of Jazz Studies Dave Schroeder fondly discusses John Coltrane’s playing and the beauty of “Lush Life” from one of his all-time favorite albums: Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane. Read moreRead more

29
Jan
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Jazz, Meet Merle Haggard…

When you think of the brilliant music of Merle Haggard, you don’t immediately associate it with anything in the jazz arena but saxophonist Bryan Murray and his band The Haggards have beautifully merged a progressive jazz style with the heartfelt, working class songs of the American music icon. Read moreRead more

3
Jan
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The Traneumentary: Anton Fig (commentary)

Elvin Jones’ drumming featured on the John Coltrane Quartet recording A Love Supreme is legendary. Listen to drummer Anton Fig (Late Night with David Letterman) talk about Elvin’s masterful play on this commentary podcast episode from The Traneumentary series. Read moreRead more

3
Jan
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Jim Hall and Pat Metheny Duo Redux

In 1999, guitarists Pat Metheny and Jim Hall released a historic duo recording. The result was a fulfilling musical meeting featuring the father of modern jazz guitar and one of his most skilled disciples who has achieved his own legendary status. Read moreRead more

20
Dec
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The Most Intriguing Performance in Jazz 2011

Jazz, Math, Tech & Lyle Mays

One of the most intriguing events in jazz this year that went largely unnoticed was something that I accidentally stumbled upon.   Read moreRead more

19
Dec
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The Traneumentary: Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn brilliantly breaks down the John Coltrane classic A Love Supreme in this popular Traneumentary episode. Read moreRead more

13
Dec
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Paul Winter on The 32nd Annual Winter Solstice Concert

Last June I interviewed the Grammy-Award winning artist Paul Winter about his annual Summer Solstice concert. As we approach the winter season and solstice, the legendary saxophonist is preparing for his 32nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration which takes place December 15th, 16th and 17th at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Read moreRead more

9
Dec
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Bill Frisell Covers John Lennon

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s death paid tribute to his life and musical contributions, I found myself listening to the latest album from guitarist Bill Frisell titled All We Are Saying. Read moreRead more

28
Nov
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Celebrating Woody Shaw on Columbia

Woody Shaw’s albums on Columbia Records stand as some of the finest for the late trumpeter and composer. Woody recorded for Columbia from 1977-1981 and it was during this time that he become recognized for his unique voice as a band leader, composer and as a stylist on trumpet, coronet and flugelhorn which in turn solidified his spot in the legacy of brilliant jazz trumpeters. Read moreRead more

21
Nov
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Q&A: Vince Mendoza

In the modern era of jazz, finding a true composer to follow is not the easiest thing to do. Especially if the composer can actually write beautifully melodic and emotionally deep music that is also a perfect launching pad rich for improvisation. Vince Mendoza does this and more. Read moreRead more