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Catch up on the careers of the music’s greatest and latest artists.

Horace Silver: Feeling Healing

The weatherman is putting out a wake-up call to Southern California this winter. Forecast: geothermal voodoo courtesy of the freak-ish condition known as El Niño, which toasts the ocean and can trigger torrential rains, which, in turn, breeds fear into the hearts of a hillside beach town like Malibu. Rain begets mud begets landslides begets … Read More “Horace Silver: Feeling Healing”

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Art Tatum: No Greater Art

Today, Art Tatum would have been 88. His music survives and continues to astound. This weekend, after working my way through his Solo and Group Masterpieces on Pablo, which included such collaborators as Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton and Ben Webster, I’m listening to a Verve reissue, 20th Century Piano Genius, recorded live at several Beverly … Read More “Art Tatum: No Greater Art”

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Dave Grusin: Inside Story

Dave Grusin’s 40-year career in the music business has led him down many paths, and all have been successful for this gifted musician, composer, arranger, recording executive, and cowboy. Now, at 63, Grusin has added another credit to his already packed résumé, a hip-but-respectful reworking of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim classic West Side Story, officially titled … Read More “Dave Grusin: Inside Story”

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The Heath Brothers: 3 At Last

If swinging good taste and the pursuit of the good groove in service to impeccable compositions and arrangements are to your liking, then clap hands ’cause the Heath Brothers have reunited on the heels of As We Were Saying on Concord Records. One of the first families of jazz, the Heaths of Philadelphia have been … Read More “The Heath Brothers: 3 At Last”

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Andy Summers: Calling Out the Jazz Police

They may be just across the 101 freeway from each other, within spitting distance, but there’s a world of difference between the Universal Amphitheater and the beloved hole-in-the-wall called the Baked Potato. One is a sprawling hall, the other a tiny North Hollywood jazz club which has survived for 30 years. This is the spot … Read More “Andy Summers: Calling Out the Jazz Police”

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Marilyn Crispell: Open to collaboration

Anyone with a cursory familiarity with the music of Marilyn Crispell and the aesthetics of Manfred Eicher is bound to experience at least a moment of cognitive dissonance at the idea of the uncompromising avant garde pianist recording for ECM. What common ground could Crispell and the intensely focused founder of the Munich-based label possibly … Read More “Marilyn Crispell: Open to collaboration”

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Bill Bruford: Circle Unbroken

Who would have thunk that, in these multifarious, culturally precarious late ’90s, two early icons of British rock drumming would be taking their rightful place in the jazz world? Ginger Baker, former Cream drummer, has now cut two trio albums with Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden. And now Bill Bruford, alumnus of Yes and still-extant … Read More “Bill Bruford: Circle Unbroken”

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Roy Haynes: Force of Nature

One of the most powerful natural resources of the jazz world is the kinetic drumming of Roy Haynes. To those veterans of the scene who would have us believe the adage ‘ain’t but a few of ’em left,’ Roy Haynes is certainly one of the classic survivors of bebop, even pre-bop for that matter. At … Read More “Roy Haynes: Force of Nature”

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