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Archive for April, 2011

28
Apr
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Celebrating Time Out with Dave Brubeck

In 2009, Dave Brubeck’s musical masterpiece Time Out turned 50 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, I produced a podcast series celebrating this timeless work. Read moreRead more

27
Apr
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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 moreRead more

21
Apr
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Celebrating Time Out: Mike Richmond on Eugene Wright

In 2009, Dave Brubeck’s musical masterpiece Time Out turned 50 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, I produced a podcast series celebrating this timeless work. Read moreRead more

21
Apr
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Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 2

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights)

Sony’s Masterworks Jazz imprint continues its 40th anniversary celebration of the legendary CTI Records legacy with an additional six titles, issued this week: Deodato’s Prelude, George Benson’s White Rabbit, Milt Jackson’s Sunflower, Jim Hall’s Concierto, Paul Desmond’s Pure Desmond and Ron Carter’s All Blues. Read moreRead more

21
Apr
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Lionel Loueke

Seemingly shy and gentle were my first impressions of Lionel Loueke. I found him to be somewhat reserved but brimming with great curiosity and genuine thirst for music and self expression. Lionel entered the international jazz arena only a few years ago as a student at the Monk Institute, mentored by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to name a few. Read moreRead more

19
Apr
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Q&A: Kurt Elling

I remember when Kurt Elling came onto the scene back in the 1990′s and he really stood out. The sound of his voice, phrasing and repertoire was refreshing and unique. He’s been steadily refining his craft and on his latest album The Gate, Kurt continues to raise the bar. Read moreRead more

15
Apr
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Creed Taylor: The Impulse Years

Interview by Marc Myers (JazzWax)

The founding of Impulse Records in 1960 by Creed Taylor is a fascinating story. My interview with Creed in today’s Wall Street Journal here looks at how he came up with the Impulse name while working as the jazz producer at ABC-Paramount. Read moreRead more

14
Apr
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Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 1

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights)

In February 1970, producer Creed Taylor launched the CTI Records label. He’d already spent several years in a production deal with A&M Records, producing a variety of jazz, jazz-pop and Brazilian-styled records, crafting significant hits for Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. Read moreRead more

13
Apr
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The Traneumentary: Ashley Kahn

Writer Ashley Kahn is one of the most profound authorities when it comes to John Coltrane. He has written three well researched and enjoyable books that feature John Coltrane among others: The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse! Records, Kind of Blue-The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and A Love Supreme-The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album. On the first of two Traneumentary episodes, Ashley puts Coltrane’s musical force and legacy into perspective. Read moreRead more

11
Apr
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Q&A: Dave Schroeder

By day, Dave Schroeder is the Director of New York University’s Steinhardt Jazz Studies program and by night, he is the leader and one of the featured instrumentalists of the New York City based eclectic group Combo Nuvo (a group comprised of some of Schroeder’s esteemed NYU faculty). Read moreRead more

6
Apr
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Jazz Backstage: Harvey Mason (Mulligan/Baker)

Drummer Harvey Mason has contributed to a good number of major jazz recordings with Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Donald Byrd, Bob James and many more. Read moreRead more

6
Apr
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The Traneumentary: Jason Moran (commentary)

Pianist Jason Moran is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz today. Over the years, he has successfully balanced the great jazz tradition with contemporary musical influences creating his own mark and signature on a certain brand of jazz. Read moreRead more