Matt R. Lohr

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11/11/14    News

Monk Institute Names Trumpeter Marquis Hill 2014 Competition Winner

All-star gala event honoring Bill Clinton features Hancock, Shorter and others

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09/11/14    Books

ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman
Laurie Pepper

Art Pepper’s Straight Life is one of the seminal jazz autobiographies, essential for its portrait of the postwar West Coast scene and its pitiless portrayal of the addict’s lifestyle. The book was a collaboration between Art and his wife, Laurie, who shaped...

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08/30/14    Albums

Floating
Fred Hersch Trio

The first studio recording in four years from the Fred Hersch Trio, Floating is sequenced like the band’s live gigs. The album commences with an American standard (Dietz and Schwartz’s “You and the Night and the Music”) reimagined with the trio’s idiosyncratic...

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08/29/14    Albums

Lope and Antilope
Get the Blessing

So what is the appropriate course of action? To praise Get the Blessing’s Lope and Antilope for its ambitious synthesis of jazz with rock and electronica inflections? Or simply celebrate the sheer exuberance of this album-length extended improvisation, recorded...

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08/12/14    Albums

Bop Kabbalah
Ty Citerman

If one classifies Bop Kabbalah , the self-titled debut recording of the quartet fronted by Gutbucket founding member Ty Citerman, as “sacred music,” then it is as singular an example of the form as anything Duke Ellington ever composed. The latest installment...

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07/20/14    Albums

Swingfully Yours
Loston Harris

The liner notes for Loston Harris’ Swingfully Yours set a clear agenda. “This recording is all about swing,” declares the pianist and singer, a mainstay at New York’s famed Carlyle Hotel. “No torch songs or ballads, just tunes with tempos that make you wanna...

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07/18/14    Albums

Tribute
Tim Hegarty

Tim Hegarty’s Tribute is framed as a paean to the artists whose teachings and example still inform the veteran saxophonist’s work, most notably Jimmy Heath, with whom Hegarty studied saxophone and composition and who wrote four of Tribute ’s 10 tracks. The...

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07/17/14    Albums

Extended Circle
Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Norwegian pianist-composer Tord Gustavsen creates music like nothing else in jazz today, and his new quartet recording, Extended Circle , is a vivid illustration of the singularity of his take on the form. Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, eight of which...

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05/20/14    Albums

The L.A. Treasures Project
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Closing in on its 30th anniversary, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra continues its commitment to straight-off-the-bone swing. The CHJO’s new live recording, The L.A. Treasures Project , is an ebullient collection of tracks, the band taking a set of razor...

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11/15/13    Books

Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton
Gary Burton

In his introduction to Learning to Listen , master vibraphonist Gary Burton offers readers the choice of absorbing his story as either that of “a gay jazz musician or … a jazz-playing gay man, whichever you prefer.” This declaration might potentially put...

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10/25/13    Books

The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild
Hannah Rothschild

In 2011, David Kastin released the award-winning Nica’s Dream , a jazz journalist’s take on the life of Pannonica de Koenigswarter, the European baroness who gave up home, husband and children to devote herself to jazz. Now, providing another side of the...

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05/27/13    Books

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron
Paul Combs

Paul Combs set himself a considerable challenge in Dameronia , his new biography of arguably the most influential composer and arranger of the bebop era. By Combs’ own admission, the record of Tadd Dameron’s personal history is a sketchy one. Dameron was...

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02/15/13    Books

Why Jazz Happened
Marc Myers

Although Marc Myers begins Why Jazz Happened with an account of the first jazz recording (by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, in 1917), his book is not a comprehensive history of the music. Rather, this study focuses on a 30-year stretch, 1942 to 1972...

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09/24/12    Books

What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist
Dave Liebman in Conversation with Lewis Porter

Dave Liebman has always been one of the smartest and most forthcoming musicians of his generation, and in his new book, What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist , the saxophonist and educator holds forth on his art, life and restless creative spirit with effortless...

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06/05/12    Books

Tito Puente Bio Lacks the Fire of the Music

Sometimes a story is better than its telling. This is sadly the case with Mambo Diablo , Joe Conzo's biography (written with David A. Pérez) of his longtime friend Tito Puente. This book aims to be the definitive chronicle of arguably the greatest Afro-Cuban...

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05/07/12    Books

Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’

Helena Jobim’s bio of her brother exposes the depth of the artist and the man

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Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011