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December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Various Artists

Headed up by the Peanuts' main musical voice these days, David Benoit, this CD is a tribute to the 1965 Vince Guaraldi classic with a few Christmas standards added. Featuring folks like Vanessa Williams, Dave Koz and Brian McKnight, it's no surprise that...


December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

Christmas Remixed 2
Various Artists

Christmas Remixed 2 features contemporary takes on holiday-music performance by the likes of Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Joe Williams. The most interesting tunes come from Red Baron's mash-up of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra's "Dance of the Sugar Plum...


December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

Happy Holidays Las Vegas
Various Artists

There is a long tradition of crappy Christmas music, and this one is as smelly as reindeer droppings. No one expects much more than schmaltz from Las Vegas, but the opening track here, featuring Lesley Gore, sounds like an ad put together by the gambling...


December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays
Various Artists

The former jailbird and queen of domesticity cherry-picks classics by Tony Bennett ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town") and Dexter Gordon ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) and some contemporary versions by Chris Botti ("Let It Snow!") and Grover Washington...


December 2005    News

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Xmas Peanuts

Vince Guaraldi's hip soundtracks are loved by many of us who've grown up with Charlie Brown. But among the 15 Peanuts TV specials and one feature movie he scored, not to mention many imaginative non-Snoopy efforts, A Charlie Brown Christmas is Guaraldi's...


December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

Christmas Album
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Bass

Long out of print, this 1968 LP is pretty much the Ameri-achi music we'd expect from Alpert and Co. A mere 32 minutes long, the reissue features no extra tunes, but the always commercially minded Alpert was spot-on in his choices, as chestnuts like "Winter...


December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup

Christmas Fantasy
Anita Baker

Baker fronts an impressive small band featuring pianist Joe Sample and guitarist Larry Carlton as they put the Quiet Storm stamp on Christmas classics like "Christmas Time Is Here" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," plus a few oddballs, like a ragtime version...


October 2005    News

Jazz at Lincoln Center: The House that Jazz Built

It's rare to go to a press conference that's about jazz. Yet the one that took place in May 2004 for the then unfinished Jazz at Lincoln Center space on Columbus Circle in New York City was remarkable in ways other than the fact that it even existed. The...


April 2005    Features

William Parker: The Shaman

Tad Hendrickson sits down with one of the most talented and proflic bassists in jazz—avant-garde or otherwise.


January/February 2005    Books

Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse

Jazzwomen features 21 female jazz musicians talking about themselves and their music: Marian McPartland’s tours during World War II and her subsequent life in jazz, how players like Regina Carter got by during the lean years and why Maria Schneider’s upbringing...


October 2004    News

The New Standards: Musicians Seek Fresh Songbook Material

Jazz has absorbed music from around the world since the very beginning. But jazz's most enduring connection to another music style is popular songs of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, by the likes of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael...

October 2004    News

Radiohead: The New Standard Bearers?

Radiohead's grand artistic statements have attracted many jazz musicians. The English quintet's groundbreaking 1997 CD, OK Computer, found the band moving beyond past alt-rock anthems in favor of music that jettisoned the verse-chorus-bridge paradigm. When...


May 2004    News

Foreigners Need Not Apply

Anyone who's been through an airport since 9/11 can tell you how all the heightened security measures have made it more difficult, but hopefully safer, to travel by air. Travelers now must get to the airport earlier, stand in line longer and have their belongings...


April 2004    Features

The Bad Plus: Band on the Run

It's Friday night early in the New Year at Joe's Pub in New York City. The Bad Plus' Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and Dave King are huddled in an empty closet that functions as a backstage dressing room, trying to sort out the night's set list. Iverson is...


03/01/04    Concerts

Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

The passion of the Huey was abundant when the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra celebrated its 10th anniversary in the basement of St. Nicholas Of Myra. Led by bassist William Parker, the 15-piece band began with an Asian-flavored song where flutes, gongs...

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