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Edward Kane

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Looking retrospectively at all the CD's that came my way in 2004, a few patterns emerged. Last month I wrote about several notable jazz guitar albums from this year; today, on the eve of 2005, I'm looking at some of the outstanding live releases of the year now ending. 2004 was a great year for live music old and new, with new releases from the likes of Bob Dorough, Calvin Keys & Mike Wofford, among others, as well as some strong reissued dates from legends like Dexter Gordon and a whole host of …
The story of Porgy and Bess, or rather the story of the telling of the story of Porgy and Bess, is a long and involved tale of continual adaptation. Whether it be Leontyne Price singing the role of Bess at La Scala, Janis Joplin belting out "Summertime" with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Fillmore, or even the memorable recitation of that tune's lyrics by the cast of Seinfeld Gershwin's dramatic creation, informed by his careful study of jazz and African American spirit …
Alison Moyet's latest CD Voice is the most successful example of a standards recording by a singer initially famous for their work in rock and pop. Everything about the album works. The arrangements and orchestrations are lush and the songs chosen are a strong and diverse bunch, including jazz standards, English folk ballads, arias from Purcell and Bizet and a couple songs by Elvis Costello. Most importantly, the title element, Moyet's voice is wonderfully expressive.

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Roy Hargrove is more than a fine trumpeter and bandleader, he's an ambitious and versatile one as well. In a day and age when artists sometimes go years between releases, Hargrove has separate discs with two different groups out simultaneously on Verve. One is a fairly straight-ahead set with the Roy Hargrove Quintet entitled Nothing Serious, while the other is Distractions, a funky workout from his neo-soul grou …

Texas has a proud tradition of blues guitar players, from T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins through to Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Right in the middle of that tradition, hiding in plain sight, is Billy F. Gibbons of the 'rock' band ZZ Top. And not to denigrate rock and roll; fact is, they do rock, no question. But, then, so did the Muddy Waters Blues Band. All I'm saying, don't let their broad appeal mislead you, because ZZ Top is also one of the premi …

The awarding of the 2005 NEA Jazz Masters Awards to a distinguished class of musicians provided some of the highlights of the 32nd annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) held in Long Beach. This years honorees included Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Artie Shaw, Shirley Horn and, as Jazz Advocate, George Wein. Additionally, the NEA used the occasion to announce an ambitious new curriculum integrating the study of jazz into Americ …
Julie Lynn Burrell was born in Houston, Texas on July 16, 1963. She died April 25, 2006. Julie is survived by her parents, Thomas G. "Gil" and Kathryn "Katy" Burrell; her brother, John and wife, Joyce Burrell, and niece Mandy, of Manor, Texas; her uncle, Ed Grimm and wife, Ellen Park of Sinton, Texas; special friends, Teresa Pegarari of Covina, California, Steve Craddock of Austin, and numerous other friends and musicians.

She attended Pilgrim Lutheran School in Houston; Redeemer Lutheran Sch …

It has been more than a decade since James Carter burst on to the jazz scene, literally blowing away fans, critics and musicians alike with his powerful saxophone. Carter's ninth CD as bandleader is the brand new Live At Baker's Keyboard Lounge. The album was recorded at the famous jazz club in Detroit--by reputation, the oldest existing jazz club in the world--and features a stellar lineup of guests including fellow saxophone greats David Murray, Johnny Griffin and Franz Jackson.

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29.01.2011

Percy Heath

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
A Love Song is the fine new CD from legendary bassist PercyHeath on Daddy Jazz Records and, shockingly, the octogenarian’s band leading debut. Brother to saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Albert"Tootie" Heath, it is no hyperbole to say that Percy has worked with the most important jazz artists of the last sixty years--there's simply no more accurate way to describe a career that includes dates with the likes of Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Miles, Trane and Ornette alongside his long tenures with both t …
Poncho Sanchez’s latest Concord Picante release Out of Sight is one of the year's most fun CDs to listen to. Poncho is almost certainly the hardest working man in Latin Jazz, so it is only appropriate that the new album finds him paying tribute to James Brown, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business--and to classic R&B more generally. Helping him on this date is a number of true soul legends like Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and former James Brown horn men Fred Wesley and Pee We …