Bill Smith

Bill Smith

Paul Serrano’s liner notes to the 71 year old Chicago saxophonist Harold Ousley’s debut disc tell of an early gig playing with the Heine Bros. Carnival in Champaign, IL. On…
In interviews, mega-Grammy winner Carlos Santana often pays homage to John Coltrane as an early inspiration. That’s a nice nod. Yet despite fumbling attempts at imitation, …
Brown, who died last year at the age of 77, has long been touted in blues circles but is known primarily for a late-eighties rediscovery of his work thanks to progeny Bonni…
Somewhere along the line, maybe because he refused to paint himself into a tidy genre corner and instead fueled his voracious creative appetite with Tin Pan Alley standards…
For followers of Lacy's career, this Verve release with sometime collaborator Roswell Rudd has got to bring a smile to your face. Rudd's elastic - occasionally spastic - bu…
While my prior recording focused on my playing and composing as soloist, says D.D. Jackson in his notes to his second CD as leader, "Anthem looks to the future." It's a per…
If you haven't noticed the tiny 32 Jazz re-issue label until now, take note. What Joel Dorn at 32 Jazz has been doing so well is rediscovering vital music that was largely …
After bringing a few friends to Vancouver, BC to see the Vienna Art Orchestra on their 20th anniversary highlights tour in 1997, one asked, after recovering from the non-st…
Rob Blakeslee is a fiery trumpeter and subtle composer with a number of fine discs to his credit (check the California 9 Winds Label). Though it doesn’t highlight his most …
The first "jazz" show I stumbled into was in 1979, a seemingly odd double bill that paired the Bill Evans Trio (with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera) and the then very popul…
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