Beatrice Richardson

Beatrice Richardson

29.01.2011

John Novello

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Creative, distinctive, self-assured and trendsetting are just a few of the adjectives attributed to one of the most fascinating individuals in jazz, Hammond B3 legend John Novello.

JAZZREVIEW: I would like to talk a bit about your most recent release B3 Soul. This is a different sound. What inspired you to create the soul jazz sound?

JOHN NOVELLO: It wasn’t something that I premeditated. It’s simply the sound I hear inside my head and I guess it was time for …

With a long list of credentials to validate their considerable talent, Incognito has retained a massive fan base from their "not-to-be-missed" live shows. For Bluey, it’s a chance to get close to his audience. It’s not about playing the tune just to get audience applause. It’s about communicating, making sure people get it. It’s knowing that everyone shares a strong feeling of wanting to be together and experience a little utopia, something that’s not there in our daily lives.

I had th …

29.01.2011

Life Cycle

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

If you ever wondered where the name Yellow Jackets originated from, you would have to go back to the year 1977, when Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album. The trio of musicians included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. Being a mainly instrumental group, Robben Ford’s record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal-oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to p …

29.01.2011

Victor Wooten

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Victor Wooten is a powerhouse jazz bassist out of Nashville Tennessee, who graciously discusses his music, latest recordings, new book and his philosophy and life as a musician.

JazzReview: I’ve listen to several of your music recordings and this recording is different

Victor Wooten: Yes.

JazzReview: Very spiritual, almost mysterious, although I’ve heard the diversity in your music, the funk, jazz, blues, pop, soul, world and gospel music. How did this …

29.01.2011

Ramsey Lewis

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Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis celebrates his career and personal milestones in 2005:

  • 50 Years in the Entertainment Industry
  • 71st Recording Album
  • First-Ever Gospel Album, With One Voice
  • 70th Birthday

"This was not Ramsey’s first time performing religious music publicly. His unique style and versatility exemplify a fresh awakening in the sound of gospel music. The excitement generated by Ramsey is stimulating to observe and it is awesome …

29.01.2011

Lizz Wright

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"Music lives in that place where anything can be picked up. It can become a different statement in someone else’s hands than in my hands. The fact that it can be passed from hand to hand is something beautiful, almost spiritual. It means different things in different places and I approached this record as if there is no history. I was just a voice, and I loved it." Lizz Wright

Please join JazzReview in this most insightful interview with Lizz Wright. Her comments and …

29.01.2011

Michel Camilo

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Michel Camilo is a blessed person--blessed with the gift of musicianship, blessed with the genius of creativity, and blessed with a vision that keeps expanding to new heights. You might say that this pianist/composer/bandleader/educator has reached a pinnacle of success due to hard work and study but beyond all this wonderment, it is that special something within him that rises to greatness.

Michel is a kind man, an educated and intelligent man--a man with an eagerness to share hi …

29.01.2011

Frank Jackson

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Frank Jackson is a veteran jazz singer and pianist who for over 60 years has pursued his career with a passionate determination. He has a voice that has command over an audience; he mesmerizes them by singing, as he knows how. The masters all know how to do that.

I had the opportunity to speak to Frank Jackson and his wife, Kathy, in a wonderful interview.

JazzReview: You have a long-standing career as a giant of jazz. How do you manage to stay on top considering the changes jazz …

With many contemporary and smooth jazz artists using digital technology to record their music, it's nice sometimes to go back and record with all the musicians are in the studio. Such as the case with the group Pieces of a Dream's latest effort Soul Intent. Founding duo James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon believe that some of the best and most enduring ideas come when all parties are in the same room doing their thing. So, for the first time since 1981, the two return to their original approach …
29.01.2011

Roy Haynes

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There are very few whose roots touch the origins of jazz and who can boast of playing during jazz’s golden years with such jazz legends such as Lester Young, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie " Bud" Parker, Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane, Lennie Tristano and countless others.

Roy Haynes with more than 50 years of influence has reverberated through several generations of drummers. Haynes gave rise to innovation and created new drum and cymbal patterns making them central to his rhythmic approach …