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    The archives contain all of the material that was posted on JazzUSA prior to July 1, 2012, when we converted to our new community-based format.

    Louis Armstrong Love SongsLouis Armstrong(Sony – 2000) by Matt Robinson

    The first thing to notice about this lovingly-crafted collection is its clarity. So much so, that listeners might be send fumbling for th eliner notes to see that these tracks originally appeared not in the digital era, but deep in th eanalog and pre-analog days. Though some of these sides date back to the Depression, even the victrola-mono tunes seem more charmingly retro than archaic. Next is that tone- both on the horn and on the mike. If he did not invent it, Armstrong brought “scat” to the masses and, combining… Continue reading

    Angelique KidjoBlack Ivory Soul and More This is an exciting new release from Angelique Kidjo, exploring Brazilian connections and allowing her voice to find a new, more sensitive space. There is a selection of thoughtless cheese on the album, like her collaboration with Dave Matthews, but there’s enough delight and new energy to hold the whole thing together. Brazil’s superb percussionist and composer Carlinhos Brown is in the mix, so is the subtle guitar of Vinicius Cantuaria and Gilberto Gil’s beautiful Refavela. It’s a rich album, with kora, guitars, acoustic bass, fender rhodes, organ, a string section… Continue reading

    Albert's LullabyAlbert’s Lullaby Hal Russell (Southport – 2000) by John Barrett

    Hal Russell dates from the first era of Chicago avant-garde, inspired many from the second wave (Ken Vandemark, etc.) and he always kept exploring, right up to his death. In 1991 his bassist booked a studio, and they ran wild: bass and drums crash hard, while Hal moves all directions at once. “Edge of Night” has a tenor that goes berserk; he keeps to the melody (it’s a soap opera theme) for maybe ten seconds. Hal twiddles fast, Michael Staron fiddles with fury; this sounds a lot like Charles Gayle.… Continue reading

    Louis ArmstrongAn American Icon

    One of the greatest jazz musician who ever lived, Louis Armstrong was a worldwide ambassador of Jazz.

    Hip-O Records has released a beautifully packaged deluxe 3-CD box set with accompanying 50-page booklet that offers a comprehensive survey of “Satchmo’s” finest recordings of the post-World War II era, 1946 to 1968. During this period, Louis Armstrong’s most successful, he scored “Hello Dolly!,” “Mack The Knife,” and, of course, “What A Wonderful World” and appeared on the covers of the national weekly magazines, headlined concerts around the world, as well as being a familiar face in film and… Continue reading

    Avishai CohenColors: Hearing is Believing A Talk with Avishai Cohen by Paula Edelstein

    The aesthetic association between sound and color was first rationalized by the philosopher John Locke in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding sometime in the 1600s and the color hearing of Avishai Cohen on his latest Stretch Records release asserts its authenticity. He unites our individualized and special senses in a myriad of listening opportunities on COLORS, his third release for Chick Corea’s label. Avishai Cohen knows how his bass playing fits into today’s musical world and COLORS offers you all the musical styles inherited from his heritage and… Continue reading

    Berks Jazz Fest The Best Jazz fest in the world – March 17-26, 2006 by Val VaccaroThis is one of the best smooth jazz festivals in the world!  If you’ve been to Berks Jazz Fest before (as have over 40,000 fellow fans), you know what I mean, and if you haven’t yet experienced the Fest, you’ll be in store for a great time!  The well-run fest is filled with great music, wonderful venues, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere of terrific people that manage the events; it’s also fun to check out the selection of creative merchandise (e.g.,… Continue reading

    Mark ElfSwingin’ Mark Elf (Jen Bay Jazz – 2001) by John Barrett

    If you listen to jazz radio, you’ve heard Mark Elf; his last five albums have made #1 in the Gavin Report. But you haven’t heard him like this: his tone can be tart and tightly wound, but here it’s relaxed … and quite lyrical. “I Won’t Dance” plays the theme high, then repeats it an octave lower – all while Robert Hurst pounds the big bass. On the bridge, Mark quotes Coltrane’s “Like Sonny”; his solos fly, in the mode of Tal Farlow. “Indubitably” flows like soft rain: Winard… Continue reading

    Jamie CullumThe Pursuit Verve – 2010Sounds of Timeless Jazz

    It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 10 years since Jamie Cullum released his first self-funded release called HEARD IT ALL BEFORE! In between touring on behalf of his stellar chart-topping hits TWENTYSOMETHING and CATCHING TALES, Cullum stayed busy and even garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his work with Clint Eastwood for the title song to the film GRAN TORINO. Now without the seemingly fleeting respect that many artists receive after taking time off, Cullum is even more admired as a songwriter and performer and his latest release,… Continue reading

    Barrie Lee Hall, Jr. The Duke Ellington Small Band (Nichelson – 2006) Life is full of mysteries, of course – some small, some large. At least a small one is why on earth this is Barrie Lee Hall’s first album-as-leader. The aphorism “better late than never” certainly applies in this instance. Sincere thanks to producer (and Barrie’s fellow-Ellingtonian) Shelley Carrol for rendering this particular mystery moot. Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., was born in Mansfield, Louisiana, on June 30, 1949. He later relocated to Houston, where he attended E. E. Worthing High School. Barrie credits Worthing band director Sammy Harris with… Continue reading

    The Sequel Mulgrew Miller(MaxJazz – 2002) by Shaun Dale

    Named the “most in-demand pianist” by a New York Times poll, Mulgrew Miller has stayed so busy that you might hardly notice his seven year recording hiatus as a leader, which came to an end with the release of The Sequel. To mark the occassion, he reassembled Wingspan, the sextet he first put together 15 years ago. In addition to Miller, the lineup includes Steve Nelson (vibes), Steve Wilson (alto & soprano sax), Duane Eubanks (trumpet), Richie Goods (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums). Straight-ahead jazz performed by solid musicians should… Continue reading

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