Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz

Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), by Chick Corea, is a milestone recording in the piano legend’s 50-year career chronicling a world tour in trio format with master musicians (and leaders in their own right) bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Considering it was recorded in Washington DC, California, Spain, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz Festival

Arguably the greatest jazz album of 2011 was When The Heart Emerges Glistening, a masterful debut from composer/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, born and raised in Oakland, California. It had everything and was everything jazz is supposed to evolve into. For his follow-up, this winner of the prestigious 2007 Thelonious …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazzin’ It

The New York band of trumpeter Ralph Alessi is perfect for his mysterioso pilgrimages into outer and inner space on Baida (ECM). Time itself is altered on the title-track. It stands still, then seemingly moves both backward and forward at the same time (a paradox to be sure). By the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Two Jazz Legends – Still Kickin’

I’m as guilty as the next jazz fan of listening mostly to dead guys. Monk, Miles, Mingus, Pops, Diz and Bird rule my roost. This doesn’t exactly perpetuate the future of the music. Be it known there are generations of jazz musicians working at their craft just across the Hudson …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz Alive And Well In 2012

My cousin Marla Kleman lives, breathes, eats and sleeps jazz. A former radio DJ, she now works at Scullers, Boston’s legendary jazz club. As a kid, Sarah Vaughan befriended her and called her “Little One.” Vocalist Rebecca Parris legally adopted her. Anytime I want some help jazz-wise, I call my …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazzin’ It

For only his eighth studio album since his 1983 Suddenly debut, multi-instrumentalist native New Yorker Marcus Miller, 63, (the man who wrote “Tutu” for Miles Davis) is back with the absolutely stunning and aptly-named Renaissance (Concord). Jazz album of the year? Damn close.

With eight of 13 originals, Miller …

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Alyssa Graham: Defying The Industry

After an incident with a bossy label-rep and time spent studying at New England Conservatory, this jazz artist has never been more convinced of her goals. Despite the pressures of the music industry, Alyssa Graham is determined to stay true to herself and her own sound. Her music is far …

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Interview with Trombone Shorty: Born In The Tradition

When Troy Andrews was four years old, he was onstage in his historic sixth ward New Orleans neighborhood now known as Treme. By five, he was jamming with Bo Diddley. By seven, he went around the world. It sure must have been a kick for the French Quarter denizens who …

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Interview with Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders: Caged Beast

Instrumentalism has long been a haven for progressive and experimental musics. By casting off the confines of vocally-driven styles, guitar virtuosos like Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson have long used the genre as a palette on which to test their physical limits, the constraints of their …

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