Bret Primack

Bret’s Contributions

03/25/11    Jazz Video Guy

Gary Bartz: Musical Warriors (Miles and Trane)

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, posts a video from interview he did with noted saxophonist Gary Bartz

03/18/11    Jazz Video Guy

Chris Potter: Way Out Southwest

In first post in a new series at jazztimes.com, Jazz Video Guy presents his video of the saxophonist

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January/February 1999    Hearsay

Jane Getter

Guitarist Jane Getter, whose eponymous debut has recently been released by Lipstick Records, started on piano but switched to guitar after spying on her sister's lessons. At San Francisco State, she got serious about jazz but returned to New York when she...

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January/February 1999    Hearsay

John Swana

Philadelphia trumpeter John Swana's fifth Criss Cross recording is a two trumpet tryst with Joe Magnarelli entitled Philly-New York Junction. It all started with a gig in Philly last April, when the two brassmen hooked up for a gig at Ortlieb's. “We had...

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January/February 1999    Features

Tommy Flanagan: Pure Artistry

A few days after Tommy Flanagan's two-week engagement at the Village Vanguard last fall with his trio, I stopped by his Upper West Side apartment. From his reserved but amiable manner, one would never suspect this man is one of finest master piano craftsmen...

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December 1998    Features

The Revolution is Not Being Televised

The Internet is the fastest growing phenomenon in the history of mankind. In less than a decade, it has gone from a concept to an obsession. For jazz, Net activity is burgeoning, dramatically. The Net’s development shares the democratic and egalitarian nature...

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December 1998    Features

Al Di Meola: Art Imitating Art

Al Di Meola's latest release, The Infinite Desire, on Telarc, finds the forty four year old guitarist and composer at a career peak. The recording is a piquant amalgam of varying influences and the twelve distinctive originals that constitute this exuberant...

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November 1998    Features

Jimmy Cobb: Mob Connections

Everybody knows Jimmy Cobb from “the” rhythm section, the one that included Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers and swung so hard it could rouse the dead. But until Cobb’s Mobb, Jimmy has never stepped out as a leader. His new group, which coalesced out of a...

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November 1998    Hearsay

Kyle Eastwood

Thirty-year-old bassist Kyle Eastwood, who grew up in Monterey, California, and is now a New York resident, is celebrating the release of his debut recording as a leader, From There to Here, on Columbia Jazz. Not surprisingly, Eastwood’s “earliest memories...

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November 1998    Hearsay

Ben Allison

Ben Allison is a bassist, composer and Artistic Director of the New York based Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run, non-profit organization dedicated to presenting new music. He describes his new release on Palmetto Records, Medicine Wheel, as “a spinning...

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November 1998    Albums

My Funny Valentine
Larry Willis

Among his contemporaries Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Albert Dailey, Stanley Cowell and John Hicks, Larry Willis is one of the great stylists. On his debut CD as leader, recorded in 1988, when he was a mere 47, he shows why. Willis is a rugged individualist...

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November 1998    Albums

Panonien
Gregor Hubner Quartet

Prodigiously talented German composer/arranger/pianist and violinist Gregor Hubner's maiden voyage on CD is impressive. Originally released on the German Satin Doll label, it has thankfully surfaced in America on Randy Klein's Jazzheads label. Hubner's collaborators...

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November 1998    Albums

Further Adventures - The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra
Bill Holman

Seventy-one-year-old Bill Holman has long been one of our finest arrangers, with a well-deserved reputation established from his charts for Kenton, Herman, and Basie, to name three of many, and his own band, which he formed in 1975. In fact, their Monk tribute...

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October 1998    Albums

4-Sight
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Producer Carl Griffin is the driving force behind this recording. Griffin, one of the few African Americans who heads up the Jazz division of a medium -size jazz record label, had the idea of putting together a quartet of some of the best young players in...

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October 1998    Albums

Dedication
Steve Kuhn

Steve Kuhn, who first came to piano prominence during stints with John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, and Stan Getz, is one of our premium lyrical soloists. On this ethereal trio recording, with David Finck on bass and Billy Drummond on drums, part of Reservoir...

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October 1998    Hearsay

Groove Collective

The Groove Collective’s Dance of the Drunken Master, on Shanachie, is the group’s third release. Bill Ware, the group’s accomplished vibist, who has a solo career and also performs with the Jazz Passengers, believes that it’s their best effort thus far...

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About Bret Primack

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A journalist who has published hundreds of articles and liner notes, Bret Primack is a graduate of NYU Film School who has worked in documentaries and industrials. He returned 
to filmmaking in 2004 when he began producing videos for jazz musicians. The debut of YouTube
 and the opportunity for global distribution was the catalyst for his nickname, Jazz Video Guy. Bret's YouTube channel now features more than 600 videos which have nearly 17 million views.

Writer/Video Journalist Bret Primack has been at the forefront of new media since he co-founded
 Jazz Central Station in 1995. In 1997 he was the first Jazz blogger with Bird Lives, where, 
as the Pariah, his heartfelt diatribes struck a responsive chord in the music industry. 
Bret has also created websites for Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor, and Joe Lovano, among many others.

"When I I first started posting jazz video in the Spring of 2006, web video was just getting started and there
 were plenty of skeptics,” Bret explains. “But now, five years later, video is the most heavily utilized part of the web. Today, people
 can jump on YouTube and check out John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. That ability to watch so many jazz artists on demand is one the reasons for the tremendous popularity of Jazz on YouTube.”