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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.

    17 Themes For Ockodektet Jeff Kaiser(PfMentum – 2002) by John Barrett

    The avant-garde big band is a fascinating concept … and an elusive one. How do you get a united sound in a genre requiring individuality? Can a roomful of players blow freely, without it dissolving in chaos? On his 40th birthday, trumpeter Jeff Kaiser led 17 instruments through two vivid suites, where colors are many and emotions change fast. Opening to thick applause, “Dirge” pairs a drunk bass clarinet with a lazy tuba, walking in sad slithers. This sounds traditional and modern at once – shades of Albert… Continue reading

    A Celebration of Jazz and Joyce Symphony Hall, Boston September 28, 2007 by Matthew Robinson Over the past few years, the Beantown Jazz Festival has grown from a solid grassroots effort to a major venue for student and professional players and fans. Now with the combined blessing of the Berklee College of Music and Festival Productions founder George Wein, the Festival took Jazz to the next level, assembling a dream team of legendary and contemporary artists the likes of which have probably never been seen on the same stage at the same show. While the main reason behind the show… Continue reading

    Euro-Crash: A city fit for kittensA city fit for kittens Euro-Crash by Struan Douglas ‘Why does the chicken cross the road?’ we used to joke as irritating children. But, why indeed does the Copenhagen cross the road I thought as a bevy of patently exact people huddled with silent irritation on a deserted road. No car for ten miles, perhaps a car never crossed that road, however they dare not walk. Surely not. There focus is not on destination, it is on process and instruction. They cross the road because the green robot tells them so! As instructive a society Copenhagen is, it is astoundingly… Continue reading

    Allan Vaché and Harry AllenAllan and Allen(Nagel-Heyer – 2001) by John Barrett

    If you like the old-fashioned swing, rejoice – these guys agree with you. The less-famous Vaché blows a fine clarinet: grainy, with hints of Woody Herman. He cries the theme to “Lover, Come Back to Me”, driven by a strong piano (Eddie Higgins, a mainstay of ‘Sixties Chicago.) After his turn comes Harry Allen, whose tone is like Lester but whose style is aggressive. (His solo begins like Ammons and ends like Lockjaw.) The two reeds keep trading, and neither relent – it’s a two-course meal, and… Continue reading

    kenny and leahapril in paris k&l – 2010

    a new release from jazz musical artists kenny & leah presents refreshing new treatments of a collection of timeless classics along with multi-lingual delights. opening with strong performances on “april in paris” and “you stepped out of a dream,” featuring leah singing in english and spanish, offers a refreshing rendition of a ageless standard. leah oozes passion on michel legrand’s “how do you keep the music playing” with kenny’s sensitive and tasteful playing ever present. “moon river,” “never never land” and “that old black magic” keep the momentum going, followed by… Continue reading

    Live in Portland Barrage by Carmen Miller

    I read the press releases, and looked at the video tape, but seeing “Barrage” was very different than what I had expected. This group of young performers out of Canada put on a show that was vibrant, musical and creative! Anyone that has ever heard a symphony orchestra knows the power of chorused violins, but Barrage presents the violin, and its cousin the fiddle, in an entirely new context. We attended the show at Portland’s Schnitzer concert hall, the first stop of the U.S. leg of their tour. The comparisons to ‘River Dance’… Continue reading

    Toni Redd Straight From The Heart (Toni Redd – 2006) by Carmen Miller Toni is an old fashioned ‘class act’ who covers a wide range of musical styles with style and conviction. Toni Redd combines traditional jazz, contemporary smooth jazz, classic soul, and Urban rhythm & blues to create her own powerful presence. I particularly liked the opener “My Name is Toni Redd” and “Open Your Love”, as well as the her smooth and sensual rendition of “footsteps in the dark”. Another good track is the bouncy “Talk About It”. Ms. Redd’s take on the classic “Betcha By Golly Wow”… Continue reading

    Teena MarieGrand Dame Teena MarieKicks off Taste of Chicago in grand style(Chicago – June 2004) by D. Kevin McNeir Back in the late 70′s a true anomaly burst on the R&B scene—a white woman who brought the complete package: singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and performer. Her name was Mary Christine Brockert but she chose to don the stage name Teena Marie. Now some 30 years later, and with platinum- and gold-selling albums to her credit, she’s returned with a new CD, La Dona. Marie recently kicked off Chicago’s annual mid-summer extravaganza, Taste of Chicago. And ask anyone who was… Continue reading

    Trilok GurtuThe Beat of Love(Blue Thumb – 2001) by John Barrett

    Recorded on four continents (with at least that many styles), this album puts the Indian vocal tradition in the context of modern dance music. “Maya” crackles with tablas … and a buzzing synthesizer played by Wally Badarou. Roop Kumar handles the tense, pop-styled vocals; Trilok slaps the cymbals and the mood gets even stronger. The fast sitar near the end is a treat – this tune ROCKS, which you can’t say about most Indian music. “A Friend” reminds me of Japanese pop music, with chirpy vocals and noisy… Continue reading

    The Maestro Is INNThe Maestro Is INN A panel discussion of The Music Inn and the state of Jazz in New England Hosted by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) and the New England Jazz Alliance (NEJA) At the Tanglewood Jazz Festival (September 4, 2004) by Matthew Robinson Having kicked off the fourth annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival with a performance by Jimmy Slyde and tap phenom Savion Glover and a live taping of Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” with the equally impressive young pianist Taylor Eigsti, a number of the late Summer Jazz fans retired to Seranak- the fabled home of Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor… Continue reading

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