C. Andrew Hovan

C. Andrew Hovan

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 …
For the most part, Dexter Gordon's most significant recordings remain the early 60s dates he led for Blue Note. This is not to stay there are not other worthy titles in his…
Although not truly defined as a jazz group, Steely Dan’s music has always been just on the fringes of what we might call, for lack of a better term, "light jazz". Two certi…
There's a woeful paradox involved with this album because in many ways it proves to be the tale of two artists whose lives took markedly different courses following its ori…
A natural successor to the throne following the innovations of Freddie Hubbard and Booker Little, Woody Shaw had the misfortune of entering the jazz domain a few years befo…
Well, you know what they say, "better late than never." At nearly 80 years old, widespread recognition has taken its good old time in catching up with composer and band lea…
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