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Dianne Reeves: The Early Years

As a historical document, this collection of two half-hour Ad Lib TV programs, dating from 1980 and ’82 and featuring the young Dianne Reeves, is a keeper. Out of the gate Reeves was fully formed, instantly captivating and in control of every nuance. Attired and coiffed elegantly but modestly, she barely moves a muscle when … Read More “Dianne Reeves: The Early Years”

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Sonny Rollins: In Vienne

It’s instructive to compare Sonny Rollins’ performance at this June 2006 French concert to the 1965 and ’68 TV footage recently released as part of the exceptional Jazz Icons series. What’s remarkable is just how little his music-making approach has changed. Then, as now, Rollins’ m.o. was to fully examine all angles of a piece, … Read More “Sonny Rollins: In Vienne”

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Jazz Icons Releases a Thrid Volume of Vintage Live Performances

With their dramatically drooped heads and shoulders, the members of Bill Evans’ 1964 trio look like an early, pre-electric shoegazer band in a Swedish broadcast that’s practically jazz-noir, a typical stylistic touch in the ongoing Jazz Icons series. This third volume matches its predecessors as an imagistic bonanza of mostly black-and-white European footage, executed with … Read More “Jazz Icons Releases a Thrid Volume of Vintage Live Performances”

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Paul Bollenback/John Hart: Dueling Guitars1

Turns out Dueling Guitars1 has nothing to with oneupsmanship and everything to do with simpatico. Small wonder, then, that during this series of guitar duets, recorded live in a cozy setting, a member of the audience asks Paul Bollenback and John Hart to explain why it is that their collaborations sound so conversational. That’s the … Read More “Paul Bollenback/John Hart: Dueling Guitars1”

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: Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe

Jan Garbarek, the Norwegian saxophonist, states the theme of Julian Benedikt’s instructive 90-minute documentary early in the program. “We’ll never be Charlie Parker,” he says, “but we have something else.” Throughout, European jazz artists express similar sentiments: aping an American art form only goes so far; at some point the need to break away and … Read More “: Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe”

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Al Di Meola: Speak a Volcano

Back in 1974, Al Di Meola was the boy wonder, a shy 19-year-old fretboard shredder who rapidly ascended to international fame with Return to Forever. Three decades later, Di Meola is a savvy, seasoned bandleader and authoritative six-stringer with a vast reservoir of complex compositions from 23 recordings as a leader to draw from in … Read More “Al Di Meola: Speak a Volcano”

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