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New CDs From ECM On the Way

ECM-obsessed jazz fans will be sated later this month, and then again in early May, when the label releases three new albums, one apiece from guitarist John Abercrombie (pictured), pianist Marilyn Crispell and bassist Arild Anderson. The Abercrombie disc, titled Class Trip, is a quartet date with violinist Mark Feldman, drummer Joey Baron and bassist … Read More “New CDs From ECM On the Way”

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Larry Carlton: Mr. 335 Returns

For guitar aficionados who came up in the early ’70s savoring Larry Carlton’s funk-and-blues-tinged work with the Crusaders on such crossover classics as Scratch, Chain Reaction and 1971’s 1 (which contained the anthemic “Put It Where You Want It”), his venture into softer territory as a solo artist during the late ’80s and with the … Read More “Larry Carlton: Mr. 335 Returns”

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Do Your Own Thing: The Dune Label

One of the most poignant moments in Spike Lee’s seminal flick Do the Right Thing involves Mookie, the knuckleheaded but loveable lead character sitting across the table from the equally knuckleheaded but racist Pino. Both work at Bed-Stuy’s popular Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, but Pino has slightly more clout, because his father owns the joint. Frustrated … Read More “Do Your Own Thing: The Dune Label”

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Eddie Gale: Ghetto Music

Eddie Gale won’t stop playing me his new music over the phone. I get in one question, and the 62-year-old trumpeter politely answers and immediately jumps to playing another track off his upcoming CD, Hi-Tech Beat. But the reason I’m calling Gale is to find out more about two fascinating records he released on Blue … Read More “Eddie Gale: Ghetto Music”

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Cheryl Bentyne: Manhattan’s Latest Solo Transfer

Cheryl Bentyne has plenty to celebrate. This spring, the fire-haired chanteuse with the glorious pipes marks her 25th anniversary alongside Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul in the Manhattan Transfer. And just recently, Bentyne passed a more personal milestone, blowing out 50 birthday candles on January 17. As a sort of b-day present to … Read More “Cheryl Bentyne: Manhattan’s Latest Solo Transfer”

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Jennifer York: Musical View

Many jazz musicians do an assortment of things to keep away the ol’ wolf, such as teach, write, etc. Still, probably few if any have a “day gig” like bassist Jennifer York, who leads an all-female, Los Angeles-based quartet. She’s a wisecracking, eagle-eyed helicopter traffic reporter for KTLA-TV’s top-rated Morning News program. On most weekday … Read More “Jennifer York: Musical View”

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Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph: The Garden of Collaboration

In the minds of many jazz fans, the name Yusef Lateef belongs to a certain era. His name seems tied to names like Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley and Clark Terry-musicians who all shared the stage with him. He’s remembered as an upper-rung bopper and expansive thinker who knew his way around a tenor sax, but … Read More “Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph: The Garden of Collaboration”

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