Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"DownBeat" - April 2009

Freddie Hubbard - DownBeat celebrates the life and music of the late trumpeter, one of the most influential on the horn over the past 50 years.

DownBeat U -- Trumpet School:
Roy Eldridge -- Part of DownBeat’s 75th Anniversary celebration, we dip into the archives to pull a classic 1959 interview with DownBeat Hall of Famer “Little Jazz,” one of the most swinging and influential trumpeters in the history of the music.
Jon Hassell -- The trumpeter has had an enormous influence on electronic and ambient jazz, especially in his work with Brian Eno. We caught up with him as he has his first new ECM album in about 20 years set for release.
David Weiss -- Weiss has been engaged in an extremely creative period, in which he’s being pulled in two directions. On one side, he looks toward the past, helping to resurrect the Charles Tolliver Big Band, working with Freddie Hubbard, and doing programs devoted to the likes of the Cookers, Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter. On the other hand, he’s a prolific composer, developing new music with the New Jazz Composers Octet, his Point of Departure Quintet and his sextet.
Arve Henriksen -- Perhaps the most influential young trumpeter in Europe today, Henriksen has been a pivotal force in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, leading such bands as Supersilent or the electronics-meets-acoustic sound on his hew album, Cartography.
Sean Jones and Terrell Stafford Master Classes
Transcription: Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach’s Duet on “Bastille Day”

TOOLSHED: Great Gear from the NAMM show (will include a special page on trumpets and trumpet-related gear)

Martial Solal -- At the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto, the Algerian/French pianist sat down for a series of interviews and a public “Blindfold Test,” through which we were able to get a portrait of recent activities and influences of the “European Thelonious Monk.”

Peter Evans (trumpet)
Will Bernard (guitar)
Alexandre Kassin (bass)
Mike Clark (drums)

BLINDFOLD TEST -- Lew Tabackin
Saxophonist Lew Tabackin was tested on the following tracks for the "Blindfold Test":
Chris Byars: "A.T." from Photos In Black, White And Gray (Smalls)
Adam Rudolph/Sam Rivers/Harris Eisenstadt: "Susurration" from Vista (Meta)
Wayne Escoffery: "Noon Night" from Hopes And Dreams (Savant)
Von Freeman: "Blue Pres" from The Great Divide (Premonition)
Bill McHenry: "Roses" from Roses (Sunnyside)
Stephen Riley: "Lady Bird" from Easy To Remember (SteepleChase)
Dimitri Vassilakis: "The Drum Think" from Parallel Lines (Candid)
Antonio Sanchez: "Did You Get It?" from Migration (Cam Jazz)

• New Lee Ritenour–Dave Grusin collaboration, "Amparo"
• Jazz “house party” trend
• Franz Koglmann
• New Jazz Gallery commission series
• European Scene; Backstage With .. Buddy Guy
• Caught: Panama Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival, Omer Avital large commission premiere

Jazz on Campus: Oberlin stages new jazz opera by Harvey Pekar and Dan Plomsey.

Hot Box
Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Collective Creativity (3Sixteen)
Jeff “Tain” Watts, Watts (Dark Key)
Gary Smulyan, High Noon (Reservoir)
Eric Reed, Stand! (WJ3)

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rise Up! (Palmetto)
Ray Bryant, In The Back Room (Evening Star)
Tierney Sutton Band, Desire (Telarc)
Clayton Bros., Brother To Brother (ArtistShare)
Madeleine Peyroux, Bare Bones (Rounder)
The Microscopic Septet, Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform)
Ran Blake, Driftwoods (Tompkins Square)
Lee Shaw Trio, Live In Graz (Artists Recording Collective)
Bill Henderson, Beautiful Memory (Ahuh)
Hendrik Meurkens, Samba To Go! (Zoho)
Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Quake (Sunnyside)
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Apti (Innova)
Joe Morris Bass Quartet, High Definition (hatOLOGY)
Michel Benita w/Manu Codjia, Ramblin’ (Blujazz)
Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy, Live On Tour, Vol. 1 (Drum Legacy)
Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy, Live On Tour, Vol. 2 (Drum Legacy)
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Where Or When (Owl)
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Making Love To The Dark Ages (LiveWired Music)
Joe Temperley, The Sinatra Songbook (Hep Jazz)
Ann Hampton Callaway, At Last (Telarc)
Greg Reitan, Some Other Time (Sunnyside)
Henry Grimes, Solo (ILK)

Enrico Rava, New York Days (ECM)
Mark Rapp, Token Tales (Paved Earth)
Claudio Roditi, Brazilliance x 4 (Resonance)
Brad Goode, Polytonal Dance Party (Origin)
Lina Allemano Four, Gridjam (Lumo)
Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet, Live At The Jazz Showcase (Jazzed Media)

Various Artists, Broadcasting The Blues (Southwest)
Guy King, Livin’ It (IBF
Chuck Bernstein, Delta Berimbau Blues (CMB)
Big Shanty, Sold Out (King Mojo)
William Elliott Whitmore: Animals In The Dark (Anti-)
Johnny Winter, Live Through The ’70s (MVD DVD)

Roy Harper reissues on Science Friction Records

Ruby Braff, For The Last Time (Arbors)
The Three Sounds, Soul Symphony (Blue Note)
Gerry Mulligan, Western Reunion (Music Center of the Netherlands)
Bobby Humphrey, Fancy Dancer (Blue Note)
Bob Wilber, New Clarinet In Town (Classic Jazz)
Vince Guaraldi Trio, Live On The Air (D&D)

Ben Ratliff, The Jazz Ear (Times Books)

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