• Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    The third of ten titles recorded for Prestige between 1963 and 1966, Booker Ervin’s The Freedom Book finds the Texas-born tenor player supported by the in-sync rhythm section of Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), ...
  • Oscar Versus the Music

    Oscar Versus the Music

    This year’s Academy Award for Best Musical Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, which provides a good starting point for a discussion of the checkered history of the Music Branch of the ...
  • Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    This innovative drummer, a role model for young players coming out of jazz schools and conservatories over the past two decades, has showcased his penchant for polyrhythms and melodicism as sideman to the likes of ...
  • Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    The following is a press release issued by Gearbox Records, a UK-based record label that has focused on audiophile vinyl since its inception in 2009…and is now adding compact discs to the mix. Gearbox’s discography ...
  • Lyn Stanley

    Lyn Stanley

    In the middle of Saturday afternoon at AXPONA 2016 in Chicago, I witnessed what is surely the most demanding test of an audio system there can be—an A/B showdown with The Real Thing. A crowd ...
  • Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Trumpet and flugelhorn player, bandleader, composer, and arranger Tom Harrell picked up rave reviews for 2014’s Trip, an ambitious, bluesy concept album built around Don Quixote. He returns with a gorgeous album of Third-Stream gems ...
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Fade to Orange began as a commission performed in 2011 by the composer, Scott Amendola (drums and electronics), Nels Cline (Wilco’s lead guitarist), Trevor Dunn (electric and acoustic basses), and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. ...

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