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  • richardmitnick 10:04 AM on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From All About Jazz: “Rare Dizzy Gillespie Live Recording Discovered” 

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    Dizzy Gillespie (No photo credit”

    “New York, NY Nov 15, 2010—Jazz fans will be delighted when they hear these fabulous recordings of the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, England in 1973. It was August of 1973 and the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet was booked into the Ronnie Scott Jazz Club in London for a two- week engagement. The quintet consisting of Mickey Roker-drums, Earl May-bass, Al Gafa-guitar, Mike Longo-piano and Dizzy at the helm was “on fire” for the entire two weeks. Word got out, and by the end of the first week they were drawing record-breaking crowds. This prompted the management at Ronnie Scott’s to hold them over for an extra week. Arrangements were made to record the entire three sets every night of that last week. The CAP record label is now proud to announce the upcoming release of an exciting four CD, made up of the best performances from those last seven days, due out in the spring of 2011. You don’t, however, have to wait that long to get a taste of this marvelous musical experience as we are releasing Volume I in its entirety in digital format available NOW at all major download sites such as i-Tunes, Amazon, etc. Find out at the end of this press release how you can acquire it at a substantial savings off the price that the download sites are selling it for.”

    Read the article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 12:11 PM on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From All About Jazz: The Bad Plus at the Village Vanguard 

    All About Jazz, from JamBase tells us that The Bad Plus will be at the Village Vanguard in December and January in support of their new album, Never Stop.

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    Never Stop
    E1 Entertainment (2010)

    The Bad Plus is Reid Anderson bass, Ethan Iverson piano and David King drums.

    I found this band when Ethan Iverson participated in a Duke Jazz Talks session about Hall Overton and the Jazz Loft. I tracked Ethan Iverson down and found The Bad Plus. I love this band.

    Visit the AAJ site for dates.

     
  • richardmitnick 9:12 AM on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From All About Jazz:”Paquito D’Rivera’s ‘Panamericana Suite’ (MCG Jazz) Available Now!” 

    All About Jazz tells us,
    “Few jazz artists have been as musically omnivorous—and dazzlingly accomplished—as the Cuban-born alto saxophone and clarinet virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera. Equally at home performing bebop, tango, and classical as well as Afro-Cuban styles, D’Rivera displays his mastery of many genres on his new CD, Panamericana Suite.

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    Recorded live at Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for MCG Jazz, Panamericana Suite takes its name from a piece commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center that D’Rivera premiered in 2000. A stunning cultural synthesis encompassing North, Central, and South America leavened with a Caribbean rhythmic sensibility, the project reflects D’Rivera’s embracing musical vision.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 2:56 PM on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    New Album from Jazz Drummer Steve Gadd 

    Steve Gadd the wildly peripatetic Jazz drummer has a new album out.

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    Read about it at All About Jazz.

    Here is just a wee tease:
    “One of the most recorded drummers of all time, Steve Gadd has worked with everyone from Chick Corea to Paul Simon, Maynard Ferguson to Eric Clapton. When it comes to his own projects, Gadd loves to play good-time groove music that has the danceable qualities and bluesiness of the best R&B along with the adventurous solos and impeccable musicianship of jazz.

    On Live At Voce (Deluxe Edition), Gadd is joined by Joey DeFrancesco (arguably the World’s greatest organist), the passionate baritone-saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, and the versatile guitarist Paul Bollenbeck. Together they create grooves and hard-driving swing that are reminiscent of the best organ groups of the 1960s including an early George Benson band that featured Cuber. The infectious rhythms, catchy material, and colorful ensembles make this band impossible to resist.

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  • richardmitnick 2:36 PM on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daniel Bernard Roumain Makes It to All About Jazz 

    By Mark Saleski and copyright AAJ Something Else, so just a taste here.

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    “Not long after receiving Etudes 4 Violin & Electronix, I got up one morning before the alarm went off, and settled myself down to some coffee. The idea was to catch up on the reading material that had stacked up over the past few months. What ended up happening over the next 10 minutes or so was that I stared a hole through an advertisement featuring a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.”

    Hopper’s artwork has always resonated with me. There’s just something about how he perfectly captures an instant in time, giving the viewer a scene that’s visually pregnant, just begging for an explanation. Each painting tells a story or, at the very least, implies one. It’s that story implication that makes the painting so rich. Every viewer becomes part of the story, providing their own details

    There are definitely parallels in the music world. When a piece of music succeeds, it does indeed tell a story. The framework presented by the composition gives the listener the opportunity to extend the themes, if not provide resolutions.

    Each time I listen to this Daniel Bernard Roumain recording, much like the “Nighthawks” experience, my local attention dissolves as I float up into the world of its possibilities. Collaborating with the likes of DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific, and Phillip Glass, Roumain conjures up a set of tales that manage to stand on their own as well as nest comfortably together.”

    Read the rest of Mr. Saleski’s article here.

    Postscript: I met Mr Roumain, “DBR” to the cognoscenti, at WPRB when he was interviewed on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries radio prorgam. He is one heck of a violonist and a really nice guy to boot.

     
  • richardmitnick 4:42 PM on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    At All About Jazz: The annual Thelonious Monk competition 

    at All About Jazz

    Read Franz A. Matzner’s article about this year’s Thelonious Monk Competition.
    Read the article here.
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    Thelonious Monk

     
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