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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.

16th Annual African Festival of the Arts

by D. Kevin McNeir At the recent 16th Annual African Festival of the Arts, a yearly celebration that illuminates the African influence on the world, musical traditions extending from jazz to blues, Latin rhythm to gospel and hip hop to Neo-Soul were all represented in a unique four-day experience. If you’ve never been to this gathering that celebrates the contributions of musicians and artists who represent the African Diaspora experience, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. But if you can imagine the aroma of pungent incense drifting in the air, if you… Continue reading

Etta Jones Always in Our Hearts (High Note Records – 2004) by D. Kevin McNeir There was Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and then … Etta Jones. And once you listen to “Always in Our Hearts: Etta Jones As We Loved Her,” you’ll know why she deserves to be included in this cadre of great jazz female vocalists. All of the music was recorded from 1996 to 2002, the year when she succumbed to complications from cancer. Her last CD, “Etta Jones Sings Lady Day,” which would later be nominated for a Grammy, was released the day of her… Continue reading

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper At Last(Epic – 2004) by Matthew Robinson With this collection of classic and contemporary American standards, it would appear that the quirky broad from Queens has finally grown up. Eschewing Lou Albano for the company of Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, Lauper indeed demonstrates a great deal of maturity through her selections and her treatments of them. With the opening wail of the title track, Lauper announces her arrival on the Adult Contemporary scene and looks back thoughtfully on a career that has not always been “like a song.” Her later take on “Don’t Let Me be… Continue reading

behindthebridge.jpg (3443 bytes)Behind the BridgeAndy Narell

Due to be released September 15 Behind The Bridge, Andy Narell’s ninth recording as a leader, delivers a melting pot of Pan-American sounds. This release finds Narell at his finest as both musician and producer, blending the steel pan music of Trinidad with elements of American jazz and adding touches of Cuban rumba, Brazilian samba, and other island and South American rhythms. Percussionists Luis Conte and Paulinho da Costa and pianist Dario Eskenazi are prominently featured on Narell’s new recording, with additional assistance from guitarists Kleber Jorge and Steve Erquiaga and drummer Paul Van… Continue reading

SuperBass 2SuperBass 2Ray Brown, John Clayton and Christian McBride(Telarc – 2001) by Phyllis A. Lodge

Place three superlative bass masters with a “century of history between them” amid a live New York Blue Note audience and you get pure, spiritual fireworks. The running commentary between Brown, Clayton and McBride revives the traditional nature of this art form. Herb Wong says: “Considering the formidable summit of Ray Brown, John Clayton and Christian McBride in one breath is nothing short of ‘wow’!…”. A living legend of Olympian stature, Ray Brown is one of the original creators of bebop.” Brown comments: “People don’t realize… Continue reading

Glen AckermanThe Glenious Inner Planet 2010 – Blue Bamboo Music

Glen Ackerman has always been a composer. As a young child he blew up his parent’s stereo gear with wild tape loop experiments. When his mother (whose eclectic tastes fueled his musical imagination) noticed him experimenting with the family piano, she decided to put his disastrously creative energy to good use by enrolling him in piano and guitar lessons. At the age of 12 he was given a bass, which today is his primary performance instrument.

Glen spent his middle and high school years writing tunes, practicing, and creating… Continue reading

Oscar Peterson Oscar PetersonThe Composer (Telarc – 2000) by Paula Edelstein

Pianist and composer Oscar Peterson has been commissioned by MusicCanadaMusique 2000, a multi-million dollar Millennium celebration under the artistic directorship of Nicholas Goldschmidt, to create TRAIL OF DREAMS: A CANADIAN SUITE. His work along with commissioned works by more than sixty Canadian musicians covering a wide variety of musical genres, received the financial support from Commission Patron Ernst & Young and Commission Benefactor Ontario Power Generation. Telarc Jazz has released the twelve compositions Oscar Peterson composed for TRAIL OF DREAMS: A CANADIAN SUITE that were inspired by the 16,000 kilometer coast-to-coast… Continue reading

John Temmerman John Temmerman’sJazz Obsession QuartetThe Power of Two(JFT – 2001) by Ricky Miller

This CD was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because (1) I never heard of any of these guys, (2) it’s 2 years old and (3) the cover is sort of…, well…, cheesey. Never judge a book by it’s cover however, the music inside is much better. They start out ambitiously by tackling Miles Davis’ All Blues, and they handle it with with passion and flair. Then they jump right into a groovin’ Costa Del Sol, followed by the title track, one of six original Temmerman… Continue reading

Dee Dee Bridgewater This Is NewDee Dee Bridgewater(Verve – 2002) by Carmen Miller

German composer Kurt Weill said it best, ‘there is Only Good Music and Bad Music.’ And This is New is good music. Dedicated entirely to Weill’s music, this CD again demonstrates Bridgewater’s range and mastry of the vocal arts. Most of the tracks here are familiar from stage and screen, as well as from other jazz performers. This Is New has a Casablanca feel from the very start. Speak Low is strong and moody, Bilbao Song mellow and tinged with an airy flavour. Throughout the CD the music is… Continue reading

Chet Baker Too Cool (Hear Music – 2007) by Matthew Robinson To say that the team at Hear Music has outdone themselves is saying something indeed, but in terms of this newest collection of the oft-compilation-ed Jazz master Chet Baker, it may very well be the case! Though it only covers albums from Baker’s early years, the mix of vocal and instrumental tracks gives a satisfying taste of what was to come and of what might have been had Baker not fallen prey to the pressures of fame and the negative elements that can come therewith. From his ironically upbeat… Continue reading

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