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Jazz Artist Interviews (709)

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As with every holiday season from years gone by, one thinks they have had their fill of the holiday music scene. The year 2004 has brought changes to that mindset; a stunning and momentous rhythmic composition was produced, which has revitalized the parade of holiday melodies. Hiroshima allows us to embrace their new creation, as ""Spirit of the Season"" has been left under all our trees to adopt, adding a new, soon to be, traditional piece for holiday seasons to come. In September, Heads Up …
29.01.2011

Gabriela Anders

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Argentinean jazz singer, Gabriela Anders, paid close attention to the music that surrounded her while growing up. Her father, saxophonist Jorge Anders, played jazz, but also listened to tango, Cuban and other music around the house. All of these different influences converge on Anders’ "Last Tango in Rio," an album that is uniquely nostalgic and contemporary. Anders covers classics associated with Billie Holiday, but also gives us six originals. Weaving throughout the album is the distinct …
29.01.2011

Ola Onabule

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Ola Onabule’s new album on his own Rugged Ram Record Label is the fifth in a series of highly critically acclaimed masterpieces within their own universe of Soul, Jazz, Funk, Afro and Dancefloor, even hints of Blues. In over a decade as a musician, Ola, descending from Nigeria, and considering London his home, blended the aforementioned into something unique, something real and something you can LISTEN to! Get this: Ola Onabule didn’t only release his albums on his own label; he produced and …
Sensually laced keyboards. Emotionally driven arrangements. Intellectually intense compositions, but still not tender justice to Brooklyn native pianist Leslie Pintchik. In the fall of 2004, Ambient Records ignited the fire of jazz enthusiasts with Ms. Pintchik’s So Glad To Be Here, an imaginative endeavor that allows the listener to feel the gentleness and compassion of the artist’s unique talent. This venture is a journey of sorts as you enter the mystical ambiance of the keyboa …
29.01.2011

Anna Marie Jopek

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"Anna is original, unique, different. She’s brave, she's modest, she’s open. She's a great musician. What she's been doing all her life is just trying to play the best notes. Trying to sound good. In that particular sense she's a lot like me and that's why I decided to work with her. Because she just cares for the music". - Pat Metheny Not surprisingly, It’s a rare thing for Metheny to endorse or to work with anyone who's not already a jazz icon or one in the making. We know the names alread …
29.01.2011

Alexander Zonjic

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After a lull of over three years, flutist Alexander Zonjic has released his newest CD called Seldom Blues, which is also the name of Zonjic's jazz supper club in downtown Detroit's Renaissance Center. He says, "It opened back in June of 2004 with a lot of fanfare. My friend Bob James came in and Peter White came in and Jeff Lorber came in and Angels Bofill came in and Earl Klugh came in and Tim Bowman came in and Dave McMurray came in and we had quite a night. We got the club up and runni …
29.01.2011

Everette Harp

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When you’re conducting an interview with an artist, it’s the hope of the writer that they can establish a rapport with the subject. The last things you want to hear are one-word answers and deadly silences. That’s not a problem with Everette Harp. The saxophonist supreme isn’t the least bit shy to tell you what he thinks about jazz critics, smooth jazz, and record companies. The new album All for You (A400 Music Group) was both a labor and love. After three years away, Everette Har …
Uplifting and vibrant is this "Oasis" of rhythmic jazz. Mike Longo and Consolidated Artists Productions have put forth another extraordinary piece of musical delights to add to the jazz culture. Released in 2004, Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble capture the many faces, moods, and inner emotions of what jazz should be to the listener with such creations as The Godfather, Bag of Bones, and Lazy Afternoon. Longo is not a complex man but one with such insight and pure intensity, …
29.01.2011

Rebecca Martin

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Rebecca Martin doesn’t worry too much about fitting into any single category. She’s too busy making music, whether it’s a fresh take on old standards or writing her own original, intimate tunes. The singer-songwriter is showing that she can do both with equal grace and skill. The Maine native proved to be an innovative interpreter of jazz standards with her acclaimed 2002 release, "Middlehope." That recording drew the attention of Richard McDonnell, the founder of MAXJAZZ. He went to New Y …
29.01.2011

Ozomatli

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The social and political climate has changed considerably in the time between Ozomatli’s 2001 long-player Embrace the Chaos and this year’s Street Signs, but to listen to guitarist/vocalist Raul "El Bully" Pacheco explain the band’s approach to music remains the same. "This group’s existence is about freedom", Pacheco explained in a recent phone interview. "Musically and lyrically we have such a wide range of influences and styles that it’s important to find …
29.01.2011

Josh Workman

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The one thing that seems to be the missing link between jazz and entertainment is the one thing Josh Workman uses as a tool to melt contemporary jazz, rockabilly, blues, rock and pop into something new-- something vital and vibrant: It’s fun. "Jumpin’ at the Border," (Tetrachord Music) gives it all away and spits out a promise that guitar virtuoso Workman keeps gracefully. Although in the business for more than 25 years, "Jumpin’ at the Border" is Workman’s debut CD. The 16 tracks offer more …
29.01.2011

Peter Cincotti

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With his new album On The Moon (Concord), rising star Peter Cincotti manages to avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump", place his unique personal stamp on a label already filthy rich with great jazz artists, and sets the stage for making him a household name in the upcoming months. The way the 21-year-old New Yorker tells it, the main reason for this is his growing confidence as a songwriter. "I’ve been writing more of my own lyrics this year," Cincotti explained in a recent …
29.01.2011

Joel Dorn

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No wonder seasoned professional producer, Joel Dorn, keeps on winning those Grammy Awards-He’s experienced, he’s intuitive, and he’s comfortable with himself. It takes years for each of us to find our "self." Dorn has done that. It shows in his work and in his relatedness with others. Maybe that’s why Aces Back To Back, the Bobby Darin legacy, turned into the masterpiece Dorn hoped it would be-a collector’s item highlighting a brilliant performer whose time has come. Many biograph …
29.01.2011

Manhattan Transfer

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Four gifted artists, four separate styles, but together they will always be one of the industries most flamboyant, charismatic, feel good architects of song to hit the circuit in the past three decades. Some may feel that the Manhattan Transfer had their day in the sun and may be setting for them now. How misguided these poor, unfocused evaluators are. Manhattan Transfer has rekindled new life with that indistinguishable elegance as they introduce their new project (after a four year hiatus) "Vi …
29.01.2011

Adam Rafferty

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Jazz is very much like a tree, with numerous branches reaching out, allowing it to finally define it’s identity. However, without that artiste to water and nurture it, the identity is lost and it’s existence becomes meaningless. Adam Rafferty is one of those few artistes’ who waters and nurtures growth into jazz every time he touches a string, or composes a mood a jazz guitarist/composer who interacts personally with every note and melody played within each eclectic style he chooses to liberate. …
If the study of mythology has taught us anything, it’s that legends have the most meaning when they have an ending. Would the Norse Gods be half as glorious without the knowledge of the final Ragnorok? Would Homer’s Odyssey be the same without the eventual homecoming? This year saw the passing of one of American music’s greatest legends, Ray Charles. I had the opportunity to speak with John Burk, a Vice-President of Concord Records and co-producer of Ray’s final album, Genius Loves Com …
29.01.2011

Renee Marie

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With each album, Rene Marie proves herself to be one of the most daring vocalists around. She is fearless in singing about difficult situations or tackling a diverse songbook. Her newest release, "Serene Renegade," may be her most uncompromising, yet. Marie takes listeners on a journey of her life with nine original songs about herself and her family. She also includes the Beatles’ "Hard Day’s Night" and the standard "Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be" on the album. Some of the songs are joyfu …
29.01.2011

Chris Botti

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When I Fall in Love is a soundtrack of romance, love and life. What you will hear is the graduation of a master musician into another realm. Botti takes listeners on a tantalizing journey of lushly interpreted standards from the past and present. Backed by the London Session Orchestra, Botti creates an aura of romance that harkens back to the days of Frank Sinatra, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Please join us as we give you a sneak peek into the creation of this extraordinary …
29.01.2011

Erin Bode

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In the world of jazz, there are often two kinds of vocalists - the ones who sing and the ones who speak to the heart. It’s the singers who irresistibly whisper to your soul that you remember. Listen to Erin Bode and you’ll soon realize she’s someone you won’t forget. The youngest of four children, Bode grew up the average daughter of a Lutheran minister. From celebrations to funerals, music was part of everyday life. Children in the home were actively encouraged to take up lessons at …
29.01.2011

Marion Meadows

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Saxophonist Marion Meadows has considered himself somewhat of a rebel in the past few years. He says, "I have been rebelling against contemporary jazz music becoming so homogenized. That was one of my biggest fears, not just for me, but for the integrity and the life of this genre of music. I felt it was in jeopardy of consuming itself in the mundane, because the fans themselves would not even feel challenged musically if we continue to offer them the same sound over and over again. Eventually, …