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Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (Blue Note)

Judging from these seven live tracks, Dr. Lonnie Smith’s celebratory 75th birthday stand at New York’s Jazz Standard this past summer must have been a soulful gas. With his prismatic swirls, dramatic gestures, tidal swells and unforeseen detours, Smith delights in defining the young-at-heart aesthetic. A variable-intensity trio showcase, All in My Mind touches on … Read More “Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (Blue Note)”

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Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute

The interjection “Not to get political, but…” became a leitmotif in writer Gary Giddins’ speech honoring fellow critic Ira Gitler at the 2017 Jazz Masters tribute concert (held for a second year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.). Not getting political was a difficult undertaking at the 35th anniversary of the National Endowment for the … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute”

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Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., a free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s award recipients include vocalist and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and educator Ira Gitler, bassist and composer Dave Holland, keyboardist and … Read More “Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters”

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Dr. Lonnie Smith: In the Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2

Dr. Lonnie Smith’s new two-disc album is not only his most invigorating effort in years, it’s also one of the most exciting Hammond B-3 albums in some time. Credit the octet format on several tracks for adding heaps of energy and pizzazz. And credit arranger Ian Hendrickson-Smith for skillfully polishing the various facets of Smith’s … Read More “Dr. Lonnie Smith: In the Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2”

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