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Article: Liner Notes

John Coltrane: Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited

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Witness [ wit-nis ] an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness. Have you ever considered yourself a witness to history? If you answered in the affirmative, let me posit that it was only after time and reflection that this notion occurred to you. Did the ...


Article: Album Review

Wasteland Jazz Ensemble: S/T

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Some releases should come with a warning label. We are not talking about Tipper Gore (remember her?) Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC) stickers warning of the dangers of ”Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society" of the late 1980s. No, the alert that should be attached to S/T by the Wasteland Jazz Ensemble might read something ...


Article: Liner Notes

Miles Davis Quintets: Stockholm 1967 & 1969 Revisited

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Let me ask you, how many versions of Miles Davis do you recognize? Let us employ the word 'recognize' in terms of both, to identify and to approve. Listeners new to the world of Miles would be hard pressed to associate the artist seen and heard with Charlie Parker at New York's Three Deuces in 1947 ...


Article: Album Review

Danny Kamins / Vinny Golia / Garrett Wingfield: The Ojai Sessions

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Long before Bob Dorough sang about it in Schoolhouse Rock, and before the hip hop group De La Soul took up the anthem, three has always been a magic number. To the Buddhists it is the three jewels, for the Christians the Holy Trinity, the three core principles of Islam, and on and on. Maybe that ...


Article: Album Review

Marco Pacassoni: Life

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There are several types of triangles. Isosceles triangles have two sides of equal length and scalene triangles have no side or angles that are similar. Triangles are germane to this review because Marco Pacassoni's album with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Antonio Sanchez appears to maintain the status of an equilateral triangle throughout the performance. The ...


Article: Album Review

Muriel Grossmann: Universal Code

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Infectious is a word much maligned of late. What with a worldwide pandemic, the word has come to stand in for other terms such as contagious and transmittable. The word though has another meaning as demonstrated by saxophonist Muriel Grossmann's Universal Code. Infectious can also mean irresistible or compelling in an infectious way. Together with her ...


Article: Album Review

Frank Carlberg Trio: Reflections 1952

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How does one approach a Thelonious Monk tribute recording? Does the pianist sound like Monk? Truthfully, it is rare for a musician to replicate the high priest of bebop's distinctive and eccentric sound. Walter Davis Jr. could, but most other attempts are easily exposed as forgeries. The finest tributes are the ones that originate with the ...


Article: Album Review

Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project

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Thelonious Monk is quoted as saying, “the piano ain't got no wrong notes." He most certainly said this in response to the criticism of his approach to both composing and performance. In what sounds blasphemous today, critics and other musicians in the early days of bebop flat out said he couldn't play. Perhaps the lesson here ...


Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado: Refraction Solo

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Are you familiar with Pablo Picasso's found art sculpture “Bull's Head"? It was created in 1942 from bicycle handlebars and a bike's saddle. Picasso was walking down the street and spotted the discarded items, and in a flash joined the two, creating an obvious depiction of a bull's head. That same spontaneous moment of creation informs ...


Article: Year in Review

Mark Corroto's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022

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Year end “Best of" lists are curious beasts. If you asked me last week, I would have listed Wadada Leo Smith's The Emerald Duets (TUM) and John Hébert's Sounds Of Love (Sunnyside) as the best releases of the past year. And most definitely when you inquire next week, I'll certainly tell you to add JD Allen's ...


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