Jeff Tamarkin

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10/01/15    News

Crusaders Saxophonist Wilton Felder Dies at 75

Third member of veteran band to pass

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09/29/15    News

Phil Woods Dies at 83

Alto sax great had retired only weeks ago

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09/18/15    Albums

Kind of New
Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen

First things first: Kind of New is informed not by Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue but rather the electric music of Bitches Brew onward. Jason Miles, a keyboardist who worked with Davis on a few of his later projects, explains in his introductory essay that...

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09/17/15    Photos

Photo Gallery: The Royal Bopsters and Very Special Guests at Birdland

Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Andy Bey share a stage

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09/12/15    Albums

Life in Real Time
Laszlo Gardony

Life in Real Time , recorded live at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston last year, is both familiar and not. The familiarity comes from pianist Laszlo Gardony’s coaction with his regular rhythm section, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel...

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09/09/15    News

Julian Lage Plans New Trio Release in '16

Telecaster-centric album will mix pre-bebop and original songs

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09/07/15    Albums

Imaginary World
Sammy Figueroa

After three albums co-billed with his band the Latin Jazz Explosion, percussionist Sammy Figueroa stands on his own for Imaginary World . But not entirely—although his name graces the top of the album cover, a bit farther down it notes “featuring Silvano...

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08/15/15    Albums

Plucky Strum
Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey

Its fanciful title—guitarist Sheryl Bailey strums, bassist Harvie S plucks—may imply whimsy, but the melodic intricacy created by the duo on this all-originals outing (four by him, six by her) is some seriously heady stuff. Bailey and S never drop the ball—something...

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07/28/15    News

Drumstick Manufacturer Vic Firth Dies at 85

A musician and educator who revolutionized a product line

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07/28/15    Albums

Get Up!
Bob Mintzer Big Band

Like so many baby-boomer jazzmen, Bob Mintzer, during his most impressionable years, took in not only jazz but the radio hits of the day—including the soul, R&B and funk that inspired Get Up! Three of the nine tracks here, sequenced consecutively, are ’60s...

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07/25/15    Albums

The Talk of the Town
Sal Mosca

When he died at age 80 in 2007, pianist Sal Mosca had never really received the accolades he deserved—despite having played with the likes of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. A pianist of great skill and grace, coming...

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07/20/15    News

Howard Rumsey, West Coast Bassist and Entrepreneur, Dies at 97

Led Lighthouse All-Stars, played with Kenton, others

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07/20/15    Books

Love Songs: The Hidden History
Ted Gioia

Everybody loves a love song. Countless have been written, and billions of words have been expended on them: why a beautifully sung romantic ballad makes us feel all tingly inside, who sings them most persuasively and why, how come they don’t write ’em like...

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07/19/15    News

John Taylor, British Pianist, Dead at 72

Suffered heart attack while performing in France

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07/06/15    Albums

Nexus
Pat Martino with Jim Ridl

Nexus is a live recording cut at Philadelphia’s Tin Angel in the mid-1990s. Although the precise date is not noted, that places the gig at most several years after Pat Martino’s triumphant return to playing music, having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1980...

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07/03/15    Albums

Afrodeezia
Marcus Miller

For Afrodeezia , Marcus Miller—who mentions in his liner notes that he’s a spokesperson for UNESCO’s “Slave Route Project”—chose to incorporate musicians and instrumentation associated with various locales historically impacted by slavery. It’s a formidably...

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About Jeff Tamarkin

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008