Edward Kane

Edward Kane

You can call a live performance many things: a gig, date, show, or what you will. But Alice Coltrane's recent concert at UCLA's Royce Hall, her first U.S. public appearance in three decades? Now, that was than an event. Mrs. Coltrane, playing piano, organ, and synthesizer, led a stellar quartet featuring son Ravi on tenor and soprano saxophone, the legendary Reggie Workman on bass and drummer Trevor Lawrence. Providing ample support on

The concert pairing of the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic was an inspired match, amounting to a summit between two of the leading ensembles in their respective musical fields. Shorter is one of the most accomplished saxophonists in history, and his current quartet (rounded out by drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist Danilo Perez) has established itself as one of this century's leading jazz units. The Philharmonic is another longstanding

The concept of the Supergroup experienced its rise and fall in rock music somewhere between the end of the flower-power sixties and the post-punk eighties. In jazz, however, the proposition seems as viable and prevalent as ever, with the star-laden groups of Wayne Shorter and Keith Jarrett coming to mind as recent and highly visible examples of this trend. Another entrant, a good deal less-hyped but no less worthy, is the stellar trio of Ahmad Jamal, Idris Muhammad and James Cammack; their ni

29.01.2011

A Sure Bet

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It was another night just like every other in Las Vegas, with the casinos and bars full of desperate gamblers looking for that sure thing. Well, there was one difference; though most of the city's gaming rooms were filled with players fruitlessly throwing good money after bad in that hapless quest, the jazz fans that filled the Railhead Saloon in the Boulder Station hotel had better luck indeed, drawing the talented singer, pianist and raconteur Diane Schuur. Black may come up when you are betti

George Benson is one of the most successful performers in contemporary jazz, a fine singer and exceptional guitarist. In over forty years of professional playing, Benson has enjoyed all but unprecedented popular success for such an accomplished jazz performer. So much so that seeing him live in person and hearing him play his hits, you can't help but be impressed by just how many of them there are.

Opening for Benson at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre was local legend Al Will

The Pike Bar & Fish Grill is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant located in my little corner of Long Beach. A nice, comfortable place to have a beer and eat seafood, with a great sign featuring a giant octopus and the establishment's name out front. I've always liked The Pike--it just doesn't happen to be a place where I expect to hear world-famous musicians live in person. Yet, that was exactly what happened last Saturday, when local legend Carlos Guitarlos and ex-Eric Clapton/Shakespear

The Marsalis family deserves its notoriety as a jazz dynasty. The four sons of the fine New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis represent a great generation of jazz musicians. But while they may have a fair claim as the first family of jazz, they aren't the music's first great family. Long before Wynton & Branford Marsalis made their mark as outstanding musicians, the brotherhoods of Percy, Jimmy and Albert ("Tootie") Heath and also Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones were already wel

29.01.2011

Guitar Boogie

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The Rockin' Blues Revue tour made its final stop at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The attractive lineup included three outstanding performers from different generations (and offering three different interpretations) of the blues. These were John Mayall, the Godfather of the British Blues, the jazz-inflected Robben Ford, and Eric Bibb, a modern acoustic blues player somewhat in the mold of Keb Mo and Taj Mahal. The local jaz
29.01.2011

Pat Metheny and....

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Pat Metheny's concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles was billed as featuring a trio performance with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez and a quartet that added the wonderful saxophonist David Sanchez. The longer than two-hour, intermission-less concert included those permutations as well as a solo performance by the guitarist to open the show and a duet between Metheny and David Sanchez. All of the segments were musically brilliant, though as a matter of taste I imagine each m
29.01.2011

Come Ride With US

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The concert pairing of the 21st century editions of the Sun Ra Arkestra and the MC5 might at first glance strike some observers as a retro kind of gig. After all, the two groups do have a history of performing together that goes back to the late 1960s. Of course, I'm speaking of outside observers here; surely no one who was present at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles when the DKT/MC5 and Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen touched d