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C. Andrew Hovan

C. Andrew Hovan

While most jazz fans would consider the Blue Note archives to be the pick of the litter when it comes to the material stashed in the Capitol vaults, there is an even far…
When it comes to piano trio jazz, the late Bill Evans ushered in more than his share of innovations. Breaking free of the merely rhythmic function that bass and drums had t…
Since 1969, creative improvisational music has had a home thanks to the auspices of producer Manfred Eicher and his Editions of Contemporary Music (hint: that’s the long wa…
It’s a telling sign to note that by the end of the ‘60s many of the small independent labels that had played such a large part in the documentation of mainstream jazz were …
The gutsy and powerful attack that clearly marks Houston Person as one of our endearing "boss tenors" has kept him at the forefront of the popular mainstream for over three…
The ‘70s are marked by a unique cultural paradigm. As the decade began, the last solid strains of mainstream jazz, urban R&B, soul, and psychedelic rock were on the wane. B…
The best ECM records over the years have been those that straddle a very fine line, never seeming too ethereal, but also never turning so chaotic and avant garde that the l…
Of the two Brothers Marsalis, the least pretentious one has always been Branford. I mean, after gigs with Sting and that stint on the Tonight Show, you get the idea that Br…
The brainchild of producer, guitarist, and recording engineer Bob Ward, VOODOO DOGS manages to concoct an intoxicating brew, with equal parts of the modern jazz spirit mixe…
Long before world music was even conceptualized or Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan made Latin music a hot commodity, Henry ?Pucho? Brown was kicking it with his Latin Soul …
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