John Schu

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12/01/09    Books

The Birth (and Death) of the Cool
Ted Gioia

Ted Gioia's latest book looks at the broader impact of the "cool" aesthetic as first pioneered by jazzers like Miles Davis and Lester Young. JT online contributor John Schu gets a read on the book and thesis.

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12/01/09    Books

The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide
Scott Yanow

It is almost inevitable that a knowledgeable person will question the exclusion and inclusion of artists in any list of, for example, jazz singers, even in a list of as many as the top 500 of them. This book provides good, concise bios and CD recommendations...

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12/01/09    Books

Maynard!
Ralph Jungheim

Maynard Ferguson was a trumpeter who possessed astonishing technique, particularly in the upper register, and also played trombone and reed instruments and led a successful big band for many years. Author Jungheim interviewed 30 of Ferguson´s associates...

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10/10/09    Books

Forward Groove: Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon
Chris Searle

Searle begins this work with an entertaining account of his introductory jazz learning experiences in the UK and then states his main purpose in writing this work: to show “brilliant jazz performances….(that) sometimes very obviously, and other times less...

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10/10/09    Books

Jazz Greats Speak: Interviews with Master Musicians by Roland Baggenaes

Baggenaes is a Danish writer whose interviews with seventeen musicians between 1972 and 1987 have now been collected and published in book form. Baggenaes’ questioning is good. Many of Bagganaes’ subjects are European musicians or musicians who spent a substantial...

10/10/09    Books

In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir
Brian Q. Torff

Veteran bassist Torff states early in his memoir that he is “the last of the young players who came of professional age in the 1970s who had the incalculable honor of working with older giants of blues, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool and beyond.”, which serves...

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10/10/09    Books

Music Outside: Contemporary Jazz in Britain
Ian Carr

Ian Carr, who died this February and is best known for biographies of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, was as good a writer as anyone who has written about jazz. He was also at least as good a musician as any writer with substantial output on the subject...

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10/01/09    Books

Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes
Dan Ouellette

Authorized biography works hard to establish bassist's legacy.

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10/01/09    Albums

Libra
Tim Garland

Multi reedman Garland, who is still best known to some for his tenures with Bill Bruford and Chick Corea and has become one of the UK’s more prominent jazz musicians presents an ambitious double CD with his trio (The Lighthouse Trio) on every track, but...

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09/16/09    Albums

East Harlem Skyline
Greg Skaff

Guitarist Skaff’s second CD as a leader is primarily an update of the familiar guitar-organ-drums trio format that filled urban bars with live music in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Nine of the ten tunes have this instrumentation with George Colligan handling the...

09/15/09    Albums

More Dedications, Volume II
Chip White All-Star Ensemble

White’s current mainstay is the drum chair in Houston Person’s group and has a substantial history as a high level jazz drummer, mostly in straight ahead situations. White has once again established himself as a fine band leader in this vein with this release...

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09/15/09    Albums

Stickadiboom
Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb

Double-bassist Haines’ composed all but one of the eight tunes here, the exception is from drummer Cobb, who appears on six of the tunes. The overall sound of the group and the music suggests the period in which Cobb was most prominent, the early 60’s and...

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09/14/09    Albums

Live in Poland
Miyumi Project

The Miyumi Project is a Chicago based group of Asian- American and African- American musicians led by bassist /composer Tatsu Aoki. The group combines three taiko drummers with Aoki, a violinist, and two reed players. Each of the compositions establishes...

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09/01/09    Albums

Autumn Moonlight
Avery Sharpe Trio

Most jazz fans are familiar with bassist Sharpe through his long association with McCoy Tyner, but Sharpe has also been making his own records with varied instrumentation for many years and has established a substantial catalog as a leader. Sharpe does not...

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02/23/09    Books

Sounding Salsa:Performing Latin Music in New York City
Chris Washburne

Washburne is a NYC based trombonist with a great deal of experience in playing salsa in NYC area clubs and in touring groups. He has written a combination of a personal memoir of his experiences and an ethnographic study of salsa. Washburne’s paragraph structure...

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08/06/06    Concerts

Chick Corea's "In the Spirit of Mozart" & the Herbie Hancock Quintet

The Vienna Jazz Festival gives the traveler good incentive to plan a Vienna visit in late June/early July. The festival takes place over the unusually long timeframe of 18 days and is held at 11 venues. Three of them—the MuseumsQuartier, the Fernwaerme and...

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About John Schu

John Schu lived in Philadelphia for many years and now resides in Germany where he teaches and plays bass.