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Jazz in Manhattan: Why It’s Still Jumping

Michael Lydon’s tribute to the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village (past and present) speaks to the amazing amount of quality jazz in Manhattan on any single evening. Add midtown and Harlem and it’s like an international jazz festival every night, if you can afford the cabfare.

-Michael Cuscuna
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I feel like my reactions whenever all of my family is hanging out are pretty much HELP ME and RUN AWAY.

which might be bad, idk. There’s just so damn many of us that I prefer to be able to choose and prepare for when all 12 of my essentially immediate family are gathered. Which inevitably never happens.

I think it’s just resolving to be a bad cold, but I’ve felt so gross this whole weekend, I was kind of freaking out about coming down with tonsilitis again (the last time I had it I could like barely breathe/swallow). All of this is to say I wish someone would bring me several liters of seltzer and some mango sorbet :(

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Cassandra Wilson: Justice

This is a surprise to me: Cassandra performing her “Justice” with Brandon Ross and Cyro Batista. This has to have been taped during the “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn/New Moon Daughter” golden days of the early ‘90s. A real treat.

-Michael Cuscuna



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Working on my J.J jazz licks today.
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Today the granddaddy of jazz festivals kicks off its 61st year in Newport, Rhode Island. Back in 2008 we put out Horace Silver “Live at Newport ‘58” – a previously unreleased gem of a performance from 1958 featuring the great pianist with Louis Smith on trumpet; Junior Cook on tenor saxophone; Gene Taylor on bass & Louis Hayes on drums performing Silver classics like “Señor Blues” “Cool Eyes” & more.

CD: http://smarturl.it/HoraceNewportCD
D/L: http://smarturl.it/HoraceNewport
STREAM: http://smarturl.it/StreamHoraceNewport

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Gil Evans Project: Sister Sadie

Ryan Truesdell has created the Gil Evans Project to play the arrangements of Evans and he has done an amazing job as curator and conductor. This ingenious chart on Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie” was an outtake from Gil’s “Out Of Te Cool” album. Trumpeter Greg Gisbert and alto saxophonist Steve Wilson get off intense solos.

-Michael Cuscuna



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Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding Duet: Footprints

This duet on Wayne Shorter’s classic Footprints comes from the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. Wayne duets with the amazing young bassist Esperanza Spalding. With Wayne and Joe Lovano as your mentors, the brilliant musician is off to a great start.

-Michael Cuscuna

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So I’m in London for a couple of days (London <3) and saw Wicked yesterday (Wicked <3) and realized yet again how not done I am with Glee and Kurt and Blaine and fandom. Because when Elphaba and Glinda were singing (beautifully, oh so beautifully) about their unadultered loathing, all I could hear and see was Kurt and Rachel in one of my all-time-fav fics, Near Misses. (Can’t Link on my iPad but please, you must all have read flamingmuses incredible what-if-fic.) And when they were doing popular, defying gravity, for good, I cried like crazy, and not just for Glinda and Elphaba, but for Kurt and Rachel als well. I miss them.

(Also can someone please write a fic where Kurt plays Elphaba, Rachel Glinda and Blaine Fiyero, and they don’t know each other and Blaine’s either bi or Kurt just doesn’t know for sure if he’s gay or just generally flirty and then there’s pining and competitive hummelberry, and tentative friendship between all of them and the crazy that are rehearsals and Broadway and flying monkeys? Please and thank you.)

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Unforgettable Classic Jazz Track


Ornette Coleman: Law Years, from Science Fiction

We see that The Bad Plus are planning an October 23 concert at NYU, performing their take on Ornette Coleman’s 1971 masterpiece, Science Fiction. Here’s a refresher on the point of origin for this concert, with masterly solos from Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Bobby Bradford and Ornette himself, spurred on by Ed Blackwell. I was tempted to share All My Life, which I love, instead; but then, how would The Bad Plus, and its announced colleagues, Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome, honor the sense of Ashi Puthli’s inimitable vocal? No pressure intended…

-Nick Moy



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I think it’s time we blow this scene. Get everybody and the stuff together… Okay, three, two, one, let’s jam!

(via Amazon.com: Ragazze Quartet, Antonin Dvorak, Erwin Schulhoff, None: Cesko - Dvorak & Schulhoff String Quartets: Music)

“…The set of six jazz pieces–with titles such as “Rag”, “Tango”, “Blues”, and “Charleston”–is so adroitly written, and performed here with such assured, sexy, sassy, stylish authority by the four ragazze (an Italian word for “girls”), that you will likely press the repeat button more than a time or two to savor an arrangement that arguably is even more engaging than the original piano version.

The performance of the Dvorák Op. 106, a quartet that has justifiably received a multitude of excellent recordings (see our reviews archive), is as good as you will find on Supraphon (Pavel Haas), Cedille (Pacifica), or RCA (Guarneri), the energy, tack-sharp articulation, and just plain finesse and fire in the playing is enough to keep you interested and undistracted by even the most compelling iPhone Siren-call or the jingle-jangle lure of text or tweet. Turn off all devices; sit back and listen, and be pleasantly reminded of the joy of pure music, embodied by this recording, with its sensual, scintillating sound and enlivening performances.” - 9/10 Classics Today

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NPR: All Things Considered


Eddie Henderson: Mixing Music and Medicine

NPR’s Arun Rath talks with Eddie Henderson, who has a lot to say about his colorful past, musical and non-musical– particularly his active medical career. Not that there isn’t room for meaningful overlap: Henderson relates some eye-opening stories of his doctor-patient relationship with Thelonious Monk.

-Nick Moy


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