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29.01.2011

Stanley Clarke

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Bassist and composer Stanley Clarke, like his good friend Chick Corea with whom he has been touring this summer as part of the quartet Return Forever, has long been considered a musical genius and innovator in the world of music. Prior to embarking on this summer’s tour, which also includes Lenny White and Al Di Meola, Clarke took time to speak to Jazz Review about his current album The Toys Of Men, the changing landscape of the music industry, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Fund and pr …
29.01.2011

Roy Hargrove

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There is no trumpeter on the jazz scene today that brings it home like Roy Hargrove. After winning his first Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance for Habana in 1997 with his Afro-Cuban band Crisol, and his second Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2002, Directions in Music with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker, Hargrove expanded his musical directions to include other genres as with his RH Factor band, applying elements of hip-hop, soul and gospel in a jazzy mix. …
29.01.2011

Jamie Baum

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Like the way the captain of a ship transports passengers from one place to the next, flutist Jamie Baum does the same creating a sonic journey that transports listeners through the multiple frames of her travels. Her melodic doodles and improvisations are made with a purpose in mind, documenting the different ways in which instruments can change in midstream, make contact with each other, blending and entwining. Her latest release Solace from Sunnyside Records delivers her most recent …
This is the best of times for jazz musician Ken Peplowski, renowned clarinet and tenor sax player. So good in fact, it was difficult for him to find time to talk by phone in June. Having just returned from playing dates in Italy, he was in the midst of performing in New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, and cutting a CD with the Bill Charlap Trio. "It never rains, but it pours...but it is great to be busy," he says. Indeed, and there is no respite in sight. He will soon be on his way to more festival …
29.01.2011

Lin Rountree

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Composer, arranger and trumpeter Lin Rountree is about to release Sumthin’ Good, his latest album produced by him and his long-time friend Billy Meadows. Rountree gushes with pride when he talks about the album telling that it was made to offer something good to audiences. "I want them to really enjoy the music. I want them to feel the groove in the songs and just experience the good sound of ORIGINAL music. Nothing wrong with cover tunes but too many artists today are u …
29.01.2011

Gwyn Jay Allen

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In his Creole tribute to Louis Armstrong, I Love Louis, Gwyn Jay Allen weaves together the lives of the great man himself, taking us on a musical journey from West London to West Africa by way of New Orleans--as this writer discovers the wonderful world of Gwyn Jay Allen, and an album you can’t help but fall in love with. It was not the way any journalist would want to introduce themselves to an artist they’re hoping to interview. A text from my friend, passing …
29.01.2011

Jamie Craig

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Music often echoes the soul and significance of a man's expedition. Through the notes, they mirror tears that fall from pains of the past, melodies give birth to one’s chronicles, and the arrangement is the evolution of one’s existence. This sole performance, by means of the vision of Jamie Craig, is just that--a retrospect of his life. Titanic eruptions of brilliance galvanized in sensitivity become the defining spin of A Dream Lost. To articulate the impact of Craig’s multi-di …
29.01.2011

Markus Gottschlich

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The piano is a extension of Markus Gottschlich’s personality as truly as the trumpet was a conduit for Dizzy Gillespie’s voice, and the guitar is another appendage that Eric Clapton was born with so natural in his hands. Nobody could imagine either Gillespie or Clapton without their instruments, which is something that both men have in common with Gottschlich. The piano became Gottschlich’s voice when he was a little boy and his connection with the piano continues to grow stron …
29.01.2011

Liane Carroll

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Liane Carroll was the UK's best kept, jazz secret. Not any longer. In a week that saw her win ‘Jazz Musician of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, I met the multi-award winning artist and discovered that lunching with Liane is very much like hearing her play live. One moment you’re laughing along with her, sharing her joy, the next moment you're fighting back tears as she breaks your heart with the sadness of her stories. Liane and I meet in London’s foodie hotspot, Bo …
29.01.2011

Gail Jhonson

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Gail Jhonson is a lady who knows what she likes and how she wants it done. As a solo R&B/funk keyboardist, such abilities have served her well to establish herself as a neo-soul artist and enable her to release her latest CD Pearls, which features collaborations with Marion Meadows, Paul Brown, and Norman Brown. Jhonson has also established herself as the Music Director for Norman Brown’s SummerStorm concert series and for a number of gospel musicals and stage prod …
29.01.2011

Don Immel

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The slide travels in synch with the pulsation of his moods, the valves equally distribute the demeanor of the temperament, and the intellect is the oxygen that gives it life. The romance of this progression is Don Immel’s legacy and with that, he bequeaths an education in brass-coated passion. Trombonist Don Immel is many things; a puzzle with many pieces all contributing to a complete instrumentalist. Some define him as an educator, others key into his musicianship, along with the characteri …
29.01.2011

Rosey

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The tectonic plates of the music industry crust shifted when a certain star descended upon jazz’s earthly threshold. The cross-over from pop to jazz brought a new feel to the magnificence of this vocal seductress and songster, escorted by a youthful rule. This voiced architect envisions jazz as her destiny, with its many attitudes and arrangements yet cultivates the genre with her unsullied proficiency. Ladies and gentlemen its time you met... Rosey! From her debut pop jewel-box Dirty …
For those who may not be aware, Marcus Belgrave is an award winning trumpeter who has played with a who's who of iconic jazz musicians. This summer he and his associates will be performing at the Huntsville Jazz Festival. Joined here for this interview by his long time friend and associate Charlie Gabriel who was born in New Orleans into a family with a musical tradition going back four generations, preceding the founding of jazz! Having toured with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin's …
29.01.2011

Jeff Barone

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Jazz guitarist/composer Jeff Barone hits his stride on his second release Open Up, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album Crazy Talk. Barone found his voice early on, not as a turquoise gem in a strand of white pearls, but as a link that unifies the strand and aids and abets in making the piece into a harmonious collective. Barone views his role as a guitarist from the standpoint of being every musician’s colleague. Even when it came to recording his solo albums, he …
In my exploration for a new artist-entrepreneur, my friend Kari (who is a pundit of independent performer’s) set my course to a unique and vibrant siren that swings with a pioneering eloquence. Adorning a smile that would light up the Broadway skyline and a revolutionary instinct that is tenacious by nature, flutist Ragan Whiteside entered unplugged, into my compilation of uncut diamonds. With ease and assured conviction, I can state Ragan has fashioned a masterful unveiling spin, branded Cla …
29.01.2011

Carol Duboc

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"The concept began when I started looking for a special Valentine’s song. I realized there weren’t many out there so I wrote my own." Wow, what an easy way for a conversation to begin, straight forward and right to the point. Carol Duboc is a seasoned and experienced songwriter/arranger/pianist/vocalist and all around music professional. Talking about her fourth CD release, Songs for Lovers, Ms. Duboc goes on to say that "My Valentine" sparked the inspiration to do a project …
29.01.2011

Raya Yarbrough

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"To me jazz is like a sponge of culture, you squeeze it out and you get new jazz," singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough tells me during our recent conversation, "I disagree with people when they say that jazz needs to be preserved and frozen in (time). I think that dead things need to be preserved, and jazz is not dead, it is very alive. Jazz is changing because it is meant to change. People didn’t think that bebop would ever work and it did. Every step of the way, every time that jazz has morphed, …
29.01.2011

Jack Sheldon

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Jack Sheldon, a beacon for some 60 years on the West Coast jazz scene, is having a very good year. At 76, the celebrated trumpet player, vocalist, bandleader and TV personality, is the subject of a new documentary film, while his jazz career continues to accelerate. He was there when the so-called West Coast Jazz, a cooled-down version of hard bop was born. He calls himself a "survivor" from the period. "Only a few of us are left. Bud Shank is another," he says. Jack and alto sax player Shank …
29.01.2011

Dee Brown

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On the surface, the electric guitar and God aim to inspire two polarized behaviors from people. The electric guitar is typically idolized for being loud and wild, unlike the soft billowing resonance of the violins which people associate with angels, God’s choir made in the image of himself. But smooth jazz guitarist/arranger/composer Dee Brown shows us that the guitar makes a vital contribution to choirs made in the image of God, and that the electric guitar inspires love equal to that of a …
29.01.2011

Bradley Leighton

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The sub-contra bass flute, otherwise known as the Big Flute in orchestras, has the low registers of a bass guitar and a glossy squirming comparable to the oboe and woodwinds of its ilk. It is the type of instrument that you would expect a savvy flutist like Bradley Leighton to be attracted to, and sure enough, he owns one. Leighton purchased the 5th in a series of sub-contra bass flutes made by J. Hogenhuis of The Netherlands. Leighton mainly plays the sub-contra bass flute for demonstrations, b …