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Vocalist Barbara Dane To Release "Throw It Away...," Her First New Recording In 14 Years, On Her Dreadnaught Music Label, August 19

Vocalist Barbara Dane To Release "Throw It Away...," Her First New Recording In 14 Years, On Her Dreadnaught Music Label, August 19

Barbara Dane’s extraordinary life has been distinguished by decades’ worth of collaborations with major artists in jazz, blues, folk, and world music as well as by uncompromising public stands for social justice and civil rights. At 89, the indomitable Oakland-based singer is still active, still performing, and, on her new CD Throw It Away…, in inspired ...

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveils his hotly anticipated second release Unfolding in Tempo on October 14th 2016. The long-awaited live album will be released on Lyte Records in October 2016 in the esteemed company of releases by jazz stars Ari Hoenig, Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello and David Lyttle. The album documents two nights of Harrison’s ...

More Bird With Strings

More Bird With Strings

In the wake of my post on the lost string arrangements for Charlie Parker (go here), I was curious about how these scores wound up in the hands of alto saxophonist Clark Gibson and the orchestra he assembled in 2015 for his album, The Lost Arrangements of Bird With Strings (go here). So I reached out ...

The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

As part of its reissue of select albums on the Xanadu label, Resonance Records has just released The Inimitable Teddy Edwards, which was recorded in June 1976. The album is important because it features tenor saxophonist Edwards in spectacular form accompanied by a sterling trio—Duke Jordan (p), Larry Ridley (b) and Freddie Waits (d). By '76, ...

Lost Bird With Strings

Lost Bird With Strings

Late Friday afternoon, I grabbed coffee with Carl Woideck, the author of Charlie Parker: His Music and Life (University of Michigan Press) and an instructor of jazz, rock and music histories at the University of Oregon. Carl is a long-time JazzWax reader. As we chatted about this and that, Carl mentioned that he had just returned ...

Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Concerto para Moviola, the new CD from Brazilian pianist, composer, and arranger Ricardo Bacelar, puts jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s in the spotlight with tunes by Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets, Antonio Carlos Jobim and other greats. The new recording documents a performance specially produced for the traditional Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival, held ...

Mike Jones: Roaring

Mike Jones: Roaring

You have to give Penn Jillette and Teller credit. The two magicians/entertainers don't really need music during their shows. But the pair can't help it. They love jazz and improvisation, which they worship and view as musical slight of hand. They also really love pianist Mike Jones, who for the past 10 years has been their ...

Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird

Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird

What is one to make of the newly released Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes? The new two-CD set features previously unreleased alternate takes and false starts of Parker's recordings for Verve between 1949 and 1952. The 69 tracks feature multiple takes of Parker in a range of studio settings, including quartets, quintets, soloing with Machito and ...

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Available October 7, 2016 on Chandra Records
U.S. Tour Dates: October 18 through November 9 “Slocum served the music with a focus on dynamic micro-detail, which in turn allowed his musicians to say even more. It’s a cerebral concept, one that comes to fruition on Black Elk’s Dream… Like Wayne Shorter’s classic Blue Note ...

Drummer Kevin Bowers Announces New Album - Nova - Out August 9, 2016

Drummer Kevin Bowers Announces New Album - Nova - Out August 9, 2016

Acclaimed Drummer Kevin Bowers’ Third Solo Album, Nova, Poised To Be The Soundtrack To The Best Movie Never Made Kevin Bowers Set To Release Third Solo Album Nova This August Imagine a movie starring Fred Astaire and Lena Horne, and directed by Federico Fellini. In your mind’s ear, listen to the soundtrack, a mélange of Brazilian ...


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