Mike Brannon

Mike Brannon

It used to be that each city had its own recognizable sound. Besides New York, there was Motown, the New Orleans thing, Memphis and Chicago. Each had his or her own brand of blues, jazz, funk and eclectic provincial mixes. Even Philly had its sound. Now with stylistic homogenization, increased travel and the Internet, things only hint at identities once strong and recognizable. Music is the sum of its creators and purveyors. With the gradual restoration of the original values that put these citi …
29.01.2011

Randy Brecker

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Forty years after he began his music career, Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker comes to life as he talks about the new directions emerging in the genre. Brecker says that the globalization of Jazz music, "just adds to the spicy mix of Jazz." He points to bassist Richard Bona from Minta Eastern Cameroon as a perfect example of someone who has infused a new element into Jazz. "His brand of Jazz is mixed in with an incredible array of folk influences that you just couldn't get from somebody who …

29.01.2011

Bill Evans

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The names just keep rolling as if from a waterfall Miles, and Miles’ alumni, John McLaughlin, Don Alias, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Al Foster, Marcus Miller, Robben Ford - also Randy Brecker, Les McCann, Andy Summers of the Police, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Trilok Gurtu, Manolo Badrena, Elements, and many others. All these Evans has worked with in his over 25-year career.

Regardless of the lineup, the angular blues lines and implied harmony remain all about the groove for Evans. "Big Fun" …

29.01.2011

Brad Mehldau

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Jazz music is not just about hipness and swing, but it’s also about intellect. Among the younger generation of players, there are few more intellectual practioners than pianist Brad Mehldau.

Liner note readers were given an erudite treat with his 1999 Warner Bros. release, Elegiac Cycles, in which Mehldau lays his aesthetic credo in considerable detail. In the December 2003 edition of Jazz Times, he used a somewhat absurd debate about whether Sonny Rollins or Sonny Stitt is the …

29.01.2011

Wayne Shorter

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Though it’s all story-telling to the six-time Grammy winner who turns seventy on August 25, among the many other dimensions experienced in the music of Wayne Shorter are essentially its mystery, expansion of spirit, angular beauty, abstract truth, ponderous thoughtfulness and an uncannily synchronistic nature.

Since joining the modern music world's elite core of improvisers and composers in 1959 via Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and as a leader in the Blue Note stable, Shorter's consistently …

29.01.2011

John Scofield

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It is a rare artist that can explore more than one kind of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. Guitarist John Scofield can, and he's proven it once again with Piety Street - a powerful collection of Gospel renditions.

Born in Ohio, 26 December 1951, and raised in Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. An early introduction to jazz guitar records sparked a lifelong love of jazz. Scofield atte …

29.01.2011

Bob Berg

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The probability that you've heard Bob Berg's distinctive, soulful, intelligent soloing is very high if you've heard the more contemporary work of Miles, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, Jaco, and now a new version of the super group, Steps Ahead, with Mike Maineri, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Elaine Elias. A new release is due later this spring.

The chances that you might also see Berg with a surfcasting rod on the far eastern shores of Long …

What if you were to look beyond the obvious of what you normally do each day, and learned to see beyond? What if your mind and ears were always open, yet you stayed deeply focused and unwavering from your concentration on the moment?

Lyle Mays pulled that which was not obvious and created the improvised compositions of his long awaited new album, "Solo - Improvisations for Expanded Piano." At the same time, Mays has accomplished what he has always done with the Pat Metheny Group: surprised u …

JazzReview: Do you feel that most of that can be satisfied within the PMG: your ability to express yourself?

Lyle Mays: Well, certainly a lot of can be satisfied within the PMG because there’s so much variety. Also I've had something to do with the structure and the notes that we're playing, so I feel like there's a part of me whenever we perform. Yeah, it satisfies quite a lot. There's the potential for reaching far more people playing with the PMG than if I would tour on my o …

Peter Martin wears a lot of hats these days. The 30-year old solo artist, composer, leader, and New Orleans-based pianist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has just released, "Something Unexpected," his debut CD for the MaxJazz label.

Martin has worked with are Wynton Marsalis (in the Lincoln Center group), Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton. He is currently on tour with Dianne Reeves’ group.

"Something Unexpected" was recorded live at Jazz at the Bis …

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