David Whiteis

David’s Contributions

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January/February 2007    Albums

The In Side Out
Michele Rosewoman & Quintessence

The first six tracks here are an invocation of the Ring Shout, the traditional African ceremonial form of dance, song and worship in which a theme or set of themes is stated, responded to by the participants, and then repeated and improvised upon in a circular...

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January/February 2007    Albums

Keep Searchin'
Steve Turre

Steve Turre conjures as diverse an aural palette from his horn as any trombonist living. When he mutes it, it becomes virtually a different instrument. He then takes his cue from the pinched sonic texture of this instrument and creates challengingly narrow...

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November 2006    Albums

Consequences
Dave Burrell/Billy Martin

There is little meter, in the conventional sense, in most of these free-form explorations, but there is definitely swing. Pianist Burrell and percussionist Martin generate a powerful sense of directionality, infused with that ineffable combination of ease...

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November 2006    Albums

From the Heart
Hilario Duran

Combining elements of bebop, big-band swing and ideas drawn from virtually the entire history of Afro-Cuban jazz (from Santeria rituals to the present day), Cuban pianist Hilario Duran’s music is charged with flamboyance and displays of technical wizardry...

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November 2006    Albums

Good Forever
Von Freeman

Unlike many “elder statesmen” who survive mostly on memory and past accomplishments, Chicago’s octogenarian tenor saxophone master Von Freeman remains in full command of his facilities. New ideas seem to burst into life when he plays, and both his physical...

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About David Whiteis

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David Whiteis, an internationally published critic and journalist with over 25 years of experience writing about blues, jazz, and other essential issues, currently writes on a regular basis for JazzTimes, the Chicago Reader, Living Blues Magazine, Juke Blues Magazine (Great Britain), and other publications. He is the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2001 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Achievement in Journalism. His recent book Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories, was published by University of Illinois Press in 2006. He is currently working on a book about contemporary Southern Soul-Blues.