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Music review: Robert Glasper Experiment, Village Underground, London

Music review: Robert Glasper Experiment, Village Underground, London | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Many fans see the Robert Glasper Experiment as jazz’s future, and last year’s hip-hop and R&B-inflected, guest-star-heavy album Black Radio as its Trojan Horse back into the black music mainstream.  Black Radio’s title track, though, protests too much about the state of the title's medium for a record which itself verges on the insipid. And pianist Glasper, who led a straight acoustic jazz trio for two Blue Note albums before Double-Booked’s hip-hop half-way house and Black Radio’s full hybrid, harks back to conscious soul-jazz of forty years ago in his music and message. His desire to refresh jazz’s language is admirable, but shouldn’t be overstated.

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Jazz Reviews: The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop

Jazz Reviews: The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

In his introduction to The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. states that it is not his intention to present “an exhaustive biography” of the immortal pianist-composer, but rather “[to put] what we know about Powell’s life and music in dialogue with ideas that made possible, among other things, his reputation as a musical ‘genius’ and bebop’s social identity as a singular art form.” Ramsey adds that “Powell’s expansive musicianship, riveting improvisations, and inventive compositions ... can be best understood within the broad social, musical, historical, and especially marketing frameworks in which listeners experienced and understood.”

WNMC's insight:

Bud Powell: a man whose music more folks should listen to; a man whose story more folks should know.

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Missed Birthday: Helen Merrill

Missed Birthday: Helen Merrill | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Helen Merrill\'s long history in jazz began with her first album on the Mercury Emarcy label arranged and produced by Quincy Jones in 1954 up to her latest CD album released in early 2000. In between were more then 50 Jazz albums and countless concerts, club dates, festivals and other jazz activities. Ms. Merrill was born in New York City. Her parents were Croatian immigrants and her most recent recording is titled “Jelena Ana Milcetic...
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Jazz Reviews: By Any Other NameJerry Bergonzi - By Lloyd Sachs

Jazz Reviews: By Any Other NameJerry Bergonzi - By Lloyd Sachs | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jerry Bergonzi has been in a groove in the studio, turning out a succession of first-rate albums for Savant that have solidified his status as one of America’s premier living tenor saxophonists. He still isn’t well known beyond the East Coast, where his duties at New England Conservatory keep him most of the year. But even if this collection of originals explicitly based on jazz classics fails to give him the commercial boost of higher-profile concept albums, it casts intriguing light on his post-Coltrane sensibility.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Di Meol

Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Di Meol | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Di Meola's birthday today!

Al Di Meola holds the most prestigious guitar awards (of any guitarist in the world) from the highest rated guitar poll in the world, Guitar Player Magazine. He has been known throughout the world for the past two and a half decades as one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz field.

Al Di Meola's highly celebrated career has spanned a wide range of emotions into a unique style embodying the artists world inspired influences. From the velocity and heat of his early solo efforts to the challenge and triumph of the “Di Meola / McLaughlin /

De Lucia (Guitar Trio) . . .

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JazzDoc: Art Tatum - JazzWax

JazzDoc: Art Tatum - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
What better way to end a red hot week than with a documentary on pianist Art Tatum. Great music, great talking heads and hugely informative. A special thanks to JazzWax reader Gavina. Art Tatum: The Art of the Piano...
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Detroit Jazz Festival adds more names to lineup

Detroit Jazz Festival adds more names to lineup | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Detroit-reared pianist Geri Allen has joined the lineup and will lead an all-star Detroit Homecoming Band. The Robert Glasper Experiment, a big-buzz group that blends hip-hop and jazz, has also signed on.
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New CD/DVD Release to Feature Recently Unearthed Ella Fitzgerald Recordings - News

New CD/DVD Release to Feature Recently Unearthed Ella Fitzgerald Recordings - News | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

BBC sessions span the years 1965-1977. A cache of previously unreleased Ella Fitzgerald recordings, made between 1965 and 1977 by the BBC and recently discovered by archivists, will be released on July 23 by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The CD/DVD collection, Best of the BBC Vaults, features Fitzgerald singing such jazz and pop standards as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Cheek To Cheek” and “Angel Eyes.”

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Pat Metheny - Tap (Nonesuch/Tzadik, 2013)

Pat Metheny - Tap (Nonesuch/Tzadik, 2013) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Composer John Zorn has invited many musicians to interpret his growing songbook, but none seemed as interesting and fraught with danger than this one.
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"San Francisco," 2nd CD By Bay Area Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due July 16

"San Francisco," 2nd CD By Bay Area Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due July 16 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Drummer Brian Andres’s new album with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, San Francisco, not only takes its title from the band’s home base. The CD, to be released July 16 by the leader’s Bacalao Records imprint, also makes a persuasive case for the assertion that San Francisco has its own distinctive Latin jazz sound (the classic “San Francisco Tiene Su Propio Son” is included on the disc).

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Eliane Elias offers inspired tribute to Chet Baker

Eliane Elias offers inspired tribute to Chet Baker | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Eliane Elias, "I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)" (Concord Jazz)

Brazilian pianist-singer Eliane Elias offers an inspired tribute to cool jazz legend Chet Baker, a major influence on bossa nova pioneers like Joao Gilberto. Unlike other recent tributes, which focused on slow ballads reflecting the sadness in Baker's music, Elias covers a wider spectrum of the trumpeter-singer's repertoire by including up-tempo and mid-tempo tunes with a certain swagger and seductiveness on "I Thought About You."

 

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Mulgrew Miller obituary

Mulgrew Miller obituary | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Influential US jazz pianist with an ebullient and graceful style The dazzling technique of the jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller sometimes sounded as if it was about to burst the stays of the tightly harmonised, straight-swinging bebop style on which his...

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ArtsBeat: Popcast: Pat Metheny and John Zorn’s Surprising Mind-Meld

ArtsBeat: Popcast: Pat Metheny and John Zorn’s Surprising Mind-Meld | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Nate Chinen, a jazz critic for The Times, talks to host Ben Ratliff about Pat Metheny’s new album “Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20.

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Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar! - JazzWax

Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar! - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Wes Montgomery recorded So Much Guitar! for Riverside Records on August 4, 1961. For years, the album has been largely overlooked—eclipsed by The Incredible jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, which was recorded a year and a half earlier in January 1960. What makes So Much Guitar! exceptional is its taut quality and Montgomery's daredevil risk-taking with 24-year-old bassist Ron Carter. [Photo of Wes Montgomery above by Chuck Stewart]

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Preservation Hall shines on 1st album in 50 years | Music | Modesto Bee

Preservation Hall shines on 1st album in 50 years | Music | Modesto Bee | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

With high-profile collaborations at Bonnaroo (Jack Johnson) and the Grammys (The Black Keys), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been reaching out to a wider audience. "That's It!," co-produced by Jim James of the indie rock band My Morning Jacket, continues this trend as the first album of entirely new compositions in PHJB's 50-plus-year history.

Preservation Hall's original mission was to preserve the authentic sounds of New Orleans jazz by presenting musicians with direct links to jazz's founding fathers in the early 20th century. Now under the leadership of tuba player Ben Jaffe, whose parents founded the Hall, the band's current lineup is preserving New Orleans jazz in the 21st century with a fresh-sounding repertoire that keeps the brass-heavy acoustic instrumentation and rhythms from the past.

 

 

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Interview: John Scofield - JazzWax

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

Guitarist John Scofield's new album Uberjam Deux (Decca) is a fascinating and energetic amalgam of jazz, R&B, soul and rock. Finding novel ways to merge music styles has long been a way of life for John. He was at the
heart of the jazz-fusion movement in the early '80s, playing with Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham and others. John is intensely curious, and his musical taste is eclectic and diverse. As a result, his compositions are often a dynamic braid of concepts, unified by his signature, metallic-meowing jazz-rock guitar style.

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Womad 2013: Ten acts to see

Womad 2013: Ten acts to see | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Are you heading to Charlton Park this weekend for the world music festival? Robin Denselow picks ten acts not to miss. 

 

Seun Kuti (Open Air Stage, Fri 9.30pm)
The youngest son of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, and the leader of his dad's former band Egypt 80, Seun first copied and then updated his father's classic Afrobeat style. Expect tight brass work, angry speeches - and the biggest cheers for Fela's old classics.

 

Huun Huur Tu (The Siam, Fri 2pm & Sat 11pm)
Throat singing is one of the most exhilarating noises on earth, and this band are among the finest exponents. They are from Tuva, and their atmospheric and exhilarating songs are matched against percussion and the ancient igli fiddle and doshpuluur lute.

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Jamie Cullum: 'Great musicians are also great cooks'

Jamie Cullum: 'Great musicians are also great cooks' | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The jazz musician's childhood food was a heady mix of his family's Burmese, Indian, Spanish and Jewish roots
My mother was born in Burma but my grandfather on her side was Indian-Spanish.
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Sarah Vaughan-Divine: The Jazz Albums 1954-58

Sarah Vaughan-Divine: The Jazz Albums 1954-58 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Sarah Vaughan was already considered one of the greatest singers of her era when she signed with Mercury Records in 1954. She was given the charge to record jazz for the subsidiary EmArcy, pop for the main label Mercury, though the assignments sometimes overlapped. No matter the imprint, during the decade Vaughan and an incredible array of talented musicians created six of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time. These jazz vocal classics are all newly remastered and included in the 4-CD box set Divine: The Jazz Albums 1954-1958, which also includes a 4,000-word essay by award-winning writer Will Friedwald, detailed track annotations and uncommon photos, as well as faithful reproductions of the original album jackets and their rare EP counterparts.

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Oscar Brown Jr and Maggie Brown: We're Live – review

Oscar Brown Jr and Maggie Brown: We're Live – review | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Dave Gelly: This outstanding live set shows why Oscar Brown Jr was one of the hippest jazz singers of the 60s. The jazz world seems to have forgotten the late Oscar Brown Jr, mainly because jazz didn't take up the whole of a life increasingly devoted to civil rights campaigning. But in the 1960s his singing amounted to a definition of hip. His lyrics added to well-known jazz tunes were so apt that they became permanently attached. This live set with his daughter, recorded in 2001, is certainly stylish. Style, though, is only the finishing touch applied to two outstanding musical talents. What other singers would tackle the two simultaneous lines in Charlie Parker's Bird Chase?

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Oscar Peterson Documentary - Music in the Key of Oscar (Full DVD)

Beautiful musical documentary about the life and carrier of the legendery jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, includes short interviews with a few of the great jazz...
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Jazz Articles: Cuban Pianist López-Nussa to Make U.S. Debut - By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles

Jazz Articles: Cuban Pianist López-Nussa to Make U.S. Debut - By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa will make his U.S. debut with five engagements beginning this Wednesday (June 12) in Santa Cruz, Calif. The tour will also include performances in San Francisco, New York, Baltimore and Cambridge, Mass. Following his U.S. tour, López-Nussa will perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 1. The pianist will perform in duo with his brother, drummer Ruy Adrian López-Nussa. Additionally, López-Nussa is set to release a new album this fall, titled New Day(JazzVillage). 

López-Nussa was one of the featured artists on Ninety Miles, a project that , according to a press release, “came together after Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra conducted a five-day residency in Havana, working and performing with students. The album was released on Concord Picante and also featured Stefon Harris, David Sánchez and Christian Scott. Soon after, Harold released his sophomore album, titled El Pais de las Maravillas (JazzVillage).” 

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Miles Davis' obscure art takes center stage in new exhibit

Miles Davis' obscure art takes center stage in new exhibit | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jazz icon Miles Davis may be remembered as a trumpet-wielding master by most, but a new exhibition reveals his finesse with an entirely different set of instruments: pen and paper, brush and canvas.

“Miles Davis: The Art of Cool” opens today at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, Calif., showcasing 35 of the legend's original sketches and paintings.

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Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck: The White House Sessions – review

Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck: The White House Sessions – review | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Unearthed after half a century lost in the vaults, this live recording may not represent the very best of either artist, but it's a lot better than a mere souvenir. Both were hugely popular in 1962 and they epitomised the long-standing connection between jazz and popular song, soon to be severed. Each performs his own set, including his hit number (San Francisco and Take Fiverespectively), with an unshakable poise that carries over into their duet spot at the end. The ease, unselfishness and complete lack of superstar pomposity in these four numbers is quite inspiring

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Album Of The Week: Oye!!! (Live In Puerto Rico), Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective

Album Of The Week: Oye!!! (Live In Puerto Rico), Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Oye!!! (Live in Puerto Rico) Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Miel Music We often spend a good deal of time considering a musician’s background, training, and influences, but there’s an important and more immediate element that can have a huge...
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