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19
Apr

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

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

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

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