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September 2008    News

Roy Haynes: Get in the Game

It’s a safe assumption most video-gamers have never heard of Roy Haynes, and it’s an even safer assumption that those gamers don’t throw on jazz classics like “Snap Crackle” when shooting down their virtual foes. All of that has changed with Grand Theft...


June 2008    Albums


Boston funk collective Lettuce had been dormant since 2001’s Outta Here, but the 2006 deaths of James Brown and hip-hop impresario J Dilla inspired the band to get back in the studio. Rage! aims to pay homage to many of funk’s founding fathers, and bassist...


May 2008    Artist Profiles

Adam Rudolph: Momentary Music

For percussionist Adam Rudolph, it’s all about the moment: moments of silence, moments of sound, moments of assonance and moments of dissonance, but most important, moments of rhythm—complex rhythms, piled high and pulled from a diverse array of ethnic traditions...


May 2008    Albums

Invisible Baby
Marco Benevento

Better known for bringing cinematic postrock to the jam-band scene in the Benevento/Russo Duo, keysman Marco Benevento accrued substantial jazz chops via studies with Brad Mehldau, Kenny Werner and Joanne Brackeen. When not touring rock clubs, the 30-year...


March 2008    Artist Profiles

Heliocentrics: Astral Projection

The first few minutes of Out There (Now-Again), the debut LP from the Heliocentrics, prepare listeners for a trip akin to interstellar space travel: The bass rumbles the floor beneath your feet, a flight attendant’s soft voice comes over the intercom, and...


December 2007    Artist Profiles

Josh Roseman: Give the Drummond Some

The paramount trombonist of the Skatalites, Don Drummond was a prolific composer who, before taking his own life at age 37, penned over 300 songs and laid the groundwork for countless trombonists to come, Boston’s Josh Roseman being no exception. “Don Drummond...


October 2007    Albums

The Fisherman
Darin Layne Trio

It only takes the first few notes of Darin Layne’s debut trio record to make it obvious that the Austin, Texas-based guitarist is a zealous student at the Bill Frisell academy for jazz guitar. And while Layne possesses the warm, forgiving tone of his influences...


July/August 2007    DVDs

Live at Montreal Jazz Festival
Antonio Carlos Jobim

Imagine yourself on a sandy South American beach: waves lapping against the shore, breeze gently blowing your hair, hot sun on your face. Not the beach-going type, you say? Well, how about Montreal, where the godfather of Brazilian samba, Antonio Carlos...


June 2007    Albums

Billy Martin & John Medeski

John Medeski and Billy Martin’s musical marriage began in a cramped Brooklyn loft in 1989. Before Blue Note, sold-out festival stages, and the initials MMW being synonymous with groove jazz, the two would play in duo format for hours on end. Mago, recorded...

05/14/07    News

Vocalist Carla White Dies at 56

Carla White, a vocalist who studied with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh and performed and taught all over the globe, died on Wednesday after a long bout with cancer. She was 56. Born in Oakland, Calif., and raised in Bellport, N.Y., White’s dream was to...


May 2007    DVDs

Night School
Stanley Clarke

Filmed in 2002 as part of Stanley Clarke’s annual residency at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif., Night School is as much a celebration of Stanley Clarke as it is of the bass. Joined by an all-star, albeit random, cast of friends and musicians...


May 2007    Albums

Party Hats
Will Bernard

The field of jazz guitarists is brimming these days, and it can be hard to get recognition unless you’re carrying some major ’70s clout. This is why many of us aren’t well acquainted with Will Bernard, an expansive player from the San Francisco Bay Area...


January/February 2007    Artist Profiles

Kenny Garrett: Inside the Wall

To call Kenny Garrett a journeyman would be a serious understatement. His saxophone may have been his ticket out of Detroit in the late 1970s, but his cultural appetite has taken him all over the world. Garrett revealed the depth of his cultural curiosity...

12/29/06    News

Inaugural North Sea Jazz Cruise

The holidays are here: The perfect opportunity to relax, spend time with family and start planning your summer vacation! Those looking for ideas will be pleased to learn that the North Sea Jazz Festival has announced the inaugural sailing of the North Sea...

12/27/06    News

Verve Downsized

In a holiday shake-up, Verve Records, the renowned jazz label owned by Universal Music, has been downsized and put under the helm of Bruce Resnickoff’s Universal Music Enterprises. Over 25 percent of the label’s employees have lost their jobs; however, subsidiaries...

12/12/06    News

The 49th Annual Grammy Award Nominations

Looking over the 49th Annual Grammy Award Nominations, you’ll see a ton of Justin Timberlake, a bevy of James Blunt, a multitude of John Mayer, and simply too much of the Black Eyed Peas. Take a closer look, however, and music with a tad more substance isn’t...

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