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Bill Barton

Bill Barton

1963 was a very good year for Thelonious Sphere Monk. After almost two decades of neglect at best, and derision at worst, from many jazz fans and much of the critical estab…
Referring to trombonist Curtis Fuller as a "prolifically recorded" musician would be a major understatement. In a career that now spans over 47 years in the major leagues o…
Miles Davis certainly ranks as one of the most influential, innovative, and often controversial musicians in the history of post-WWII jazz, but we often think of him primar…
Those of us who toil in the CD racks - whether involved with print reviewing, radio broadcasting, or netcasting - seem to still be sifting through the veritable stacks of r…
The late 1970s and early 1980s were a problematic time for jazz recordings, particularly those released on the so-called major labels. The Fusion steamroller was still flat…
Founded in 1974, the Willem Breuker Kollektief has been bringing their joyous and virtuosic blend of jazz, European traditions and Dutch humor to a worldwide audience for well over 25 years now. The Kollektief’s engagement at Jazz Alley was their second stop on an extensive North American tour.

In live performance even more so than on recordings the parallels between Mr. Breuker’s artistic vision for the Kollektief and that of the late Edward Kennedy Ellington for his orchestra become apparen