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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.

Phil WoodsA Life In E Flat – DVD JazzedMedia – 2005Ricky Miller

Phil Woods amazing career has spanned over 50 years, during which he has established himself as one of the leading jazz alto saxophone players in the bebop music idiom. Joined by his “Little Big Band” (Brian Lynch, Bill Charlap, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin) Woods is shown in the studio recording several songs for the CD “This is How I Feel About Quincy”. 

Produced in 2005, this 86 minute includes extensive interviews with the man who tells his story from the beginning in a… Continue reading

Miriam Makeba A Conversation With Miriam Makeba by Struan Douglas This month one of the great women, songstresses and mothers of Africa – Miriam Makeba releases her first album in many years – Homelands. Like a snake evoking the passion of the ancestors, like a spiritual guru possessed with the beauty of her own voice – the launch begins with the dramatic and rhythmical breathing ‘ha ha haa – shhh ha’ – those subtle sounds that portray such a vivid expression to the depth and meaning of African culture, those wild sounds that represent the anger and beauty of Mama Africa… Continue reading

Al DiMeola Al DiMeola Live at the Key Club 9039 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90069 November 25, 2000 – 8:00 p.m. by Paula Edelstein

On any given night in Los Angeles, music lovers can go out on the town and hear any music they want. However, tonight the great Al Di Meola was in town at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip and that was the place to be. The lines of people snaked down three, long, city blocks, down the Sunset Strip then up and around the Hollywood Hills. The huge video marquee perched high above the Key… Continue reading

Emerald Jade A New Classic(Breeze – 2004) by S.H. Watkins, Sr.

The title says it all. This is one of the smoothest, groovingest CDs I’ve come across this year. As soon as you put it on Vibe Queen hits you and hooks you with old school jazz scat crossed with funky jazz. Emerald Jade has one of those voices that was made for this kind of thing. Delirious is a sexy ballad with Emerald singing the front and the back, and it’s so sweet you could get diabetic from just listening! There’s also some nice guitar work by Troy… Continue reading

Roy Ayers Hollywood Snubby Mark Ruffin Any astute fan of Roy Ayers who has seen Jackie Brown must have been surprised by the clever use of the vibraphonist’s music from Pam Grier’s 1973 movie Coffy. Ayers, certainly was surprised.“I was very shocked,” he said by phone from his New York City office. ” I went to see the movie because I heard it was good. I’m looking at the movie and my wife is sitting next to me and I hear the music and I said Audrey, that’s my music. Then it happens again and again. I couldn’t… Continue reading

Lotus FlowerSteve TurreTalks about Lotus Flower and more… by Fred Jung It’s funny that in all the conversations, chit-chats, fireside talks, and the like, I’ve never spoken at length with a trombonist outside of Ray Anderson, so when the opportunity arose to converse with Steve Turre, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I had seen Steve play live a handful of times and on Saturday evenings, who can miss the bone man playing with the Saturday Night Live Band. Steve sat down with me from his home in New Jersey to talk about his fourteen year stint with the Saturday Night… Continue reading

Symbols of Light Greg Osby(Blue Note – 2001) by Phyllis A. Lodge

Mystical, super-progressive and pleasantly unpredictable. Greg Osby’s trio (with strings) on his Symbols of Light (A Solution) is a refreshing stop in the infinitely complex realm of music. Saxophonist Osby opens with 3 For Civility, inspired by Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman. So accurately typical of Von’s musical genius the thread of the piece is always before you, though his musical ideas are far ahead. Repay In Kind is free form with an array of musical phrasing moving within a wide circumference of order. Just allow the… Continue reading

Sean JonesThe Search Within Mack Avenue – 2009Sounds of Timeless Jazz

THE POWER WITHIN, Sean Jones’ fifth recording for Mack Avenue Records, is a superb example of the young trumpeter’s growth and musical personality. The 12 songs which capture the essence of what he terms as “reflections of his life”  are inspired by thoughts and desires that have brought him to his current destination on the jazz music scene. The program opens with “The Search Within,” as a pensive prelude that sets the tone for the entire recording. It is as beautiful as it is mysterious, setting… Continue reading

Elliot LevineElliot Levine The Funk, The Whole Funk, And Nothing But The Funk(Elliot Levine – 2004) by Sidney Bechet-Mandela Elliot Levine’s “The Funk, The Whole Funk, And Nothing But The Funk” is all the funk you could want, but it’s much more. Say Yes is one of the slow ones, soulful and moving as the piano rolls along carrying the track into some fine guitar work by Kevin Powe. Tracks like Get Funky With It and Get Up With It are full of the life and energy that made Levine’s previous album “Smash” so fun. The A/C hit… Continue reading

The Shadow of the Cat Gato Barbieri(Peak – 2002) by Ricky Miller

Gato Barbieri is one sexy saxman, and The Shadow of the Cat is dripping with that sexiness from start to finish. El Chico starts it off with flair, featuring Herb Alpert’s trumpet on this dedication to Chico O’Farrill. Last Kiss is my favorite track, with Jason Miles on keys, smooth guitar master Peter White and the combination of Sheila E on percussion and Vinny Coliauta on drums. Gato’s lead is classic lovers music and Peter’s guitar adds an atmosphere that’s lush and rich. If I Was… Continue reading

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