Jazz from WNMC
Follow
Find
1.8K views | +2 today
Jazz from WNMC
News from the jazz blogosphere
Curated by WNMC
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Jazz Columns: Charlie Haden & Hank Jones' 'Come Sunday' - By Tom Wilmeth — Jazz Articles

Jazz Columns: Charlie Haden & Hank Jones' 'Come Sunday' - By Tom Wilmeth — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Is there such a thing as Easter Jazz? Interpretations of Christmas tunes by jazz musicians have become commonplace, but recordings celebrating the Resurrection are rare. Let me suggest the new Come Sunday CD by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones (Decca) as an appropriate release for the Lenten season. This collection of sacred songs was recorded over a two-day period in early 2010, just weeks before pianist Jones made his own pilgrimage from these mortal shores. Perhaps reminded of their own mortality, Jones and Haden have chosen a set list that offers a brief outline of material reflecting the Savior’s birth and death.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Speakin' the Blues: Jazz Appreciation Month & 112 Ways to Celebrate!

Speakin' the Blues: Jazz Appreciation Month & 112 Ways to Celebrate! | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Listen to a jazz CD that is new to you. Try to stretch your ears. If you need some guidance, try The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 4th edition, by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, Tom Piazza's Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott LaFaro

Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott LaFaro | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott LaFaro -Although he performed for only six years (1955-1961)...Rocco Scott LaFaro (1936-1961) was a musician of the first order, who found his \'voice\' in jazz in the mid-1950s. His played the double bass violin, better known today as the acoustic bass to differentiate this instrument from the electric (or electronic) bass. His life was cut short in an automobile accident in the summer of 1961 near Geneva. Best known for his collaboration with Bill Evans . . .

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Urban Sketchers: Pharoah Sanders-Birdland Jazz Club

Urban Sketchers: Pharoah Sanders-Birdland Jazz Club | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Had the opportunity to see a jazz legend play last week in New York City. The venue was the famous Birldland Jazz Club, and the artist was Pharoah Sanders. Birdland has incredible views as well as amazing acoustics.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Weekend Wax Bits

Weekend Wax Bits | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Has the digital age robbed a generation of its memories? We all know that downloads are enormously convenient. But I can't help wondering—and worrying—that today's youth have little in the way of a cultural breadcrumb trail back to their childhood.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Music and More: Forgas Band Phenomena - Acute V (Cuneiform, 2012)

Music and More: Forgas Band Phenomena - Acute V (Cuneiform, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Led by veteran drummer and composer Patrick Forgas, the Forgas Band Phenomena plays jazz fusion with a capital "F". Drawing inspirations from classic fusion units like the Mahavishnu Orchestra and progressive rock outfits like Magma, the group creates an exciting and cohesive sound that is potent and complex, but avoids the bombastic label that is often applied to fusion music.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

William Gottlieb’s Iconic Photos of Jazz Greats, 1938-1948

William Gottlieb’s Iconic Photos of Jazz Greats, 1938-1948 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gilespie, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mister, Billie Holiday's dog, too.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Bass Master Brian Bromberg Swings Live on the Energetic Compared to That

Bass Master Brian Bromberg Swings Live on the Energetic Compared to That | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Bass Master Brian Bromberg Swings Live on the Energetic Compared to That - Grammy nominated bass maestro Brian Bromberg continues to blaze his own audacious path through the jazz kingdom on Compared To That, which will be released June 5th by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records. For his 20th solo collection of kinetic and combustible jazz of various forms, Bromberg produced, composed eight new songs, and herded a ten-piece horn section, a full orchestra string section and a prodigious collective of prominent musicians. The first track to go to radio is his swinging take on the snappy Chicago hit, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Benny Carter (1907-2003)

Benny Carter (1907-2003) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Carter never sought the limelight and through sheer talent and not ego, he gained the highest compliments from the jazz elite - his peers. "The problem of expressing the contributions that Benny Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he," said Duke Ellington in 1943. Louis Armstrong simply said "He is a king!" These quotes coming from the most celebrated jazz musicians of all-time speak volumes about the contributions of Benny Carter - a mostly self-taught musician.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Nels Cline: Intrepid Guitarist

Nels Cline: Intrepid Guitarist | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Nels Cline: Intrepid Guitarist - jazz articles, CD reviews and interviews with musicians at All About Jazz...Some musicians lead double lives, working in a couple of seemingly disparate contexts that still manage to come together into a cohesive musical vision. Intrepid guitarist Nels Cline has led far more than two, involved in everything from the acoustic Ralph Towner-informed work of Quartet Music to the post-punk of Mike Watt. His own work is equally diverse. Just take a listen to his latest release, The Giant Pin , due out October 26, and you'll hear a guitarist whose influences range far and wide, from Jim Hall to Jimi Hendrix. Yet, underneath it all, there is a specific musical viewpoint that is more about allowing all the diverse influences and experiences to filter through his own consciousness; the end result being something that, while indicative of its sources, manages to sound completely Nels Cline.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Jazz Articles: Cassandra Wilson Signs to eOne Music; album: June 5th

Jazz Articles: Cassandra Wilson Signs to eOne Music; album: June 5th | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

New album, ‘Another Country,’ to be released June 5

A majority of the songs on the new album were written by Wilson herself, or co-written with her collaborator, guitarist and producer Fabrizio Sotti. The album was recorded in Florence, Italy and New Orleans, and is described in a press release as “largely guitar-based.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Gerry Mulligan: Germany 1977 - JazzWax

Gerry Mulligan: Germany 1977 - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

We can quibble, but baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan never made a bad recording. Some LPs certainly were better than others, but Mulligan really wasn't capable of delivering a lazy, corner-cutting job. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Mulligan is one of the greatest jazz recording artists of the post-war period in terms of longevity, productivity, consistency and sheer influence. There's no filler with Mulligan, just swinging, melodic soul.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Keep (it) Swinging: Jazz from Carnegie Hall: 1958 All-Star band live in Amsterdam

Keep (it) Swinging: Jazz from Carnegie Hall: 1958 All-Star band live in Amsterdam | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

he Dutch Jazz Archive, part of the Muziek Centrum Nederland ( MCN) has released a new album in its series Jazz at the Concertgebouw. This series contains live concerts, as produced and recorded by Lou Van Rees, a Dutch impresario, who organized his tour very much like Norman Grantz's JATP.

The informative liner notes by jazz journalist Bert Vuijsje, give, as always, detailed information about the concert that took place at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw the 27th of September, 1958. A group of US musicians, now all legends in jazz, but in those days already the creme de la creme of the US jazz scene, were touring Europe and were scheduled for two concerts in the Netherlands: at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen, the beach resort near The Hague and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

STAN KENTON CENTENARY | Jazz Insights

HIS MUSIC ENDURES DESPITE HIMSELF

that’s an interesting premise. he was controversial while he lived and remains an enigma. Stan Kenton, towering physically, hired some of jazz’s greatest arrangers and let them have reign. names like Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Bill Russo, Manny Albam, Robert Graettinger, Johnny Mandel, Gerry Mulligan, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman and Johnny Richards

his female singers began the vibrato-less, cool trend: June Christie, Chris Connor and Anita O’day.

he featured Latin percussion, nay, gave them prime seating, often down front rather than the traditional rear. sidemen went on to greatness (see below).

even in death he was controversial. his head remains in a cryogenic state and he refused in his will to allow survival bands in his name. yet his music endures.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Detroit Jazz Festival announces '12 lineup

Promoters of the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival have released the names of some of the major artists playing this year. Guitarist Pat Metheny.

Tenor saxophone great Sonny Rollins.

Trumpeter and traditionalist Wynton Marsalis.

Pianist Chick Corea, who willperform with vibraphonist Gary Burton and strings.

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Trumpeter Dave Douglas.

Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Flutist and tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin.

Trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Also scheduled arepianist Fred Hersch; alto saxophonist Charles McPherson; tenor saxophonist (and Dearborn native) Rick Margitza; Latin jazz bandleader/conga player Poncho Sanchez; Bird with Strings Revisited with Steve Wilson; pianist Arturo O'Farrill; and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring Charlie Gabriel.

Special events include "A Tribute to Art Blakey" with native Detroiter/bebop trombonist Curtis Fuller and various alumni of the Blakey band.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Music and More: John Zorn - Gnostic Preludes (Tzadik, 2012)

Music and More: John Zorn - Gnostic Preludes (Tzadik, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Gnostic Preludes is a fascinating continuation of musical rumination about mysticism that composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been exploring for quite a while now. This album brings together an unusual trio: Bill Frisell, a long time Zorn confederate, on guitar, Carol Emanuel on harp and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone. . . . Folks who might have grown a little weary of Frisell's "Americana" projects will definitely want to hear this one

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

JazzWorldQuest - Daily World Jazz News: USA, Washington: Statue ...

WASHINGTON — A 20-foot, stainless steel statue of jazz legend Duke Ellington has been installed at plaza in northwest Washington. The statue, titled “Encore,” was placed in Ellington Plaza on Thursday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
A while back, I was doing some research on the new Billy Hart album featuring Ethan Iverson that would be coming out soon. The band looked amazing and I was really excited about the release.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Music and More

Music and More | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

When it comes to making jazz fun and accessible without pandering, few people do it better than drummer and composer Matt Wilson. Accompanied by his Arts & Crafts group, consisting of: Terell Stafford trumpet, Gary Versace on piano, organ and accordion and Martin Wind on bass. Together they make for a swinging band that has its roots in the progressive hard-bop of the mid 1960's but plays with a thoroughly modern sensibility.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Sign With Savoy Jazz, New Album

Exactly thirty five years ago born in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. Anchored by original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns and Kirk Joseph, the band has signed with Savoy Jazz who will help celebrate their auspicious anniversary with the release of "TWENTY DOZEN"—an all new eleven track album which will be released on May 1st. Produced by Scott Billington at The Music Shed in New Orleans, the album showcases the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's quintessential sound mixed with a heady Caribbean flavor. The band will embark on a series of tour dates including a three night BAM residency in Brooklyn with Dr. John and a triumphant series of shows in their native New Orleans culminating in a very special album release/35th anniversary reunion concert at the Temple on April 28th and a featured slot at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3rd.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Framing Marian McPartland - By Tom Reney — Jazz Times

Framing Marian McPartland - By Tom Reney — Jazz Times | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Duke Ellington’s greatest asset may have been his skill as a listener. He famously recruited a wide array of musicians of varying talent levels and coaxed from them the individual sounds that he valued as theirs alone, then stylized them to his own ends as a composer and bandleader. Ellingtonians were as tight-lipped as the Maestro about his methods, so we know very little about what Duke actually said to inspire Johnny Hodges and Lawrence Brown and Paul Gonsalves. But it’s long been known that he offered Marian McPartland an incisive appraisal of her piano playing when he first heard her in the early ‘50’s at the Hickory House, Ellington’s favorite New York steakhouse. “My, you play so many notes,” was Duke’s brief assessment, and as McPartland acknowledges in the documentary In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, he was right.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Interview: John Scofield - JazzWax

Interview: John Scofield - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

John Scofield has one of the most distinctive sounds of all the electric guitarists who came of age in the jazz-fusion era in the early 1970s. John is able to make his notes ring like a bell, and his lines are horn-like, living in the space just where rock meets the funky blues.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Old music: Miles Davis – It Never Entered My Mind

Old music: Miles Davis – It Never Entered My Mind | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

You don't need a voice to communicate heartbreak when you can play the trumpet like Miles Davis in his pomp... He's a touchstone in jazz conversation, a cornerstone in jazz collections, and this 1954 gemstone is just one dazzling example of his genius. If you're new to Miles Davis, welcome to a better world. If, on the other hand, you're well versed in his work you may well chorus that singing his praises is about as daring as claiming the Beatles were a nifty combo. Well, quite. But that's no reason not to riff on this beautiful noise.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Les Paul Estate Auction - Juliens Auctions 2012

Les Paul Estate Auction - Juliens Auctions 2012 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Julien's Auctions is proud to present Property From The Estate of Les Paul. Les Paul not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording. Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multitrack recording still used today.  highlights from the sale include:

 

1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model

 

1951 Fender Nocaster serial number 1751

 

Early 1940s Epiphone Zephyr serial number 7133– Klunker #3

 

1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by WNMC
Scoop.it!

Weekend Wax Bits - JazzWax

Weekend Wax Bits - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Music journalism is becoming icy. Like "downloads," "rips," "burns" and all of the other words that once meant horrible things but now are used in a positive context to describe how music is copied and transported, the music media tends to operate in spheres of reverse logic. Too often today, print and TV devote way too much time to chasing after the next hot thing or focusing on artists who have a miraculous gift for hype. In both cases, we learn little about who these people are deep down and why they are distinct.

more...
No comment yet.