Saturday, December 17, 2005

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Mosaic

Blue Note

Recorded 2nd October 1961 by Rudy Van Gelder at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Cedar Walton (piano)
Jymie Merritt (bass)
Art Blakey (drums)


Mosaic, Down Under, Children of the Night, Arabia, Crisis,

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers all but defined hard bop. Powered by Art

Saturday, December 3, 2005

The Story So Far....The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums

Our ongoing listing and review of the 100 Greatest jazz albums with essential information on the background of each album and essential links.

Joe Henderson "The Standard Joe"

Chris Potter "Gratitude"

Dave Douglas "Strange Liberation"

Charlie Parker "Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes"

Joshua Redman "Freedom In The Groove"

Miles Davis "Complete Bitches Brew Sessions"


Jazz New Releases - Recently released and recommended best jazz albums

Reviews of the best jazz as it is released. The pick of the great new music releases informatively reviewed.Brad Mehldau - Live In MarciacJoe Lovano US Five - Bird SongsChad McCullough / Michal Vanoucek - The Sky CriesRandy Halberstadt - Flash PointJim Rotondi - 1000 RainbowsBill Frisell - Beautiful DreamersCharles Lloyd - MirrorNathan Eklund Group - Coin FlipRichard Sussman - Live At Sweet

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Jazz Education

Berklee College of Music
Premier music school in Boston with strong reputation in jazz. Also features on line programmes of study. Jazz alumni include: Gary Burton, Al DiMeola, Kevin Eubanks, Bill Evans (saxophonist), Bill Frisell, Jan Hammer, David Kikoski, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, John Petrucci, Wallace Roney, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Miroslav Vitous,

Jazz Record Labels

All About Jazz Record Label DirectoryComprehensive listing of just about all known jazz record labelsAnzic Records Record Label featuring Joel Frahm, Manuel Valera, Avishai Cohen.................Abstract Logix Record Label featuring John McLaughlin and online store Beta Records Publicise your music online Blizzard Records On line record label with good jazz listBluejay records Independent jazz

Jazz Radio and TV

Jazzimprov TVFree guitar instruction from John Stowell and Larry Carlton; concert footage, NYC Jazz Workshop, Jazz Icons..... Jazz FMRadio on demand. Over 200 one hour shows; choose by jazz genre KKJFMRecommended Long Beach California station Jazz 88.3 FM WBGONew Jersey jazz station with extensive programme KBEM Jazz 88 FMMinneapolis jazz based public broadcasting radio stationPJJ-TVPortland

More Jazz Podcasts

Red Jazz Great jazz music from around the world with a special focus on Los Angeles area musicians.Digital Podcast Portal with wide range of jazz available on podcastThe Jazz ShowThe Jazz Show at Chronicle PodcastsSan Francisco Chronicle jazz podcasts; interviews, performances. Podcast Directory - JazzGood portal for jazz podcasts Music4ipodsPodcasting site devoted to the

Jazz Magazines

Down Beat Long established (68 years) jazz magazine regarded as the authority in the field. Articles, reviews. Web site has good searchable archives and well documented musician list with associated documentation (biographies, reviews, album lisitng and links).Jazz Improv“Jazz Improv Magazine” is a 240-300 page quarterly magazine that includes a companion CD and features full-length tracks by

Andrew Hill - Judgment!

Blue Note Re-release date: August 2005 WidgetsIt is fitting that Rudy Van Gelder, who engineered just about all the classic Blue Note sessions from his studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, should be the inspiration behind the remastering and re-release (usuallly with added tracks that did not make it onto the original vinyl release or alternate takes) of so many of jazz's great

Adam Rogers - Apparitions

Criss Cross Release date: April 2005 Featuring the same band as the excellent 2002 release "Allegory", guitarist Adam Rogers' complex use of time signature changes and challenging writing get the best out of Chris Potter whose tenor sax playing marks him out as one the major talents at work today. The tiny Criss Cross label is airing the best of the up and coming players on the New York jazz

Joshua Redman - Momentum

NonesuchRelease date: May 2005 Widgets Joshua Redman's third outing for the Elastic Band (if you count Yaya3) is a further move into new teritory in the jazz/funk/groove collaboration with Sam Yahel (keyboards) and Brian Blade (drums). (Jeff Ballard subs for Blade on drums on half the cuts with good effect). They have fixed the muddy bass sound of the first two albums (where Yahel

John Scofield - That's What I Say


Release date: June 2005

John Scofield tries yet an other route beyond the post-bop that he is so good at. Here he takes on the music of Ray Charles and produces some well delivered takes on the great soul singer's classics ("Busted", "I Can't Stop Loving You", Georgia On My Mind", "Hit The Road Jack"........). Guest vocalists include Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Mavis Staples, Aaron

Jazz Musicians' Home Pages

Recommended jazz musicians' home pages. Keep track on recording plans, tour news and what's happening next. In many cases, listen to streaming audio or download artist approved MP3s of their music.

John Abercrombie
Biography, discography, tour details

Eric Alexander
Biography, discography, reviews, tour details

Ben Allison
Biography, discography, reviews, videos, photos, tour details


Wayne Shorter - Beyond The Sound Barrierl


Release date: June 2005

Recorded live at concerts in 2002 - 2004 and featuring the excellent Brain Blade (drums), John Patitucci (bass) and Danilo Perez (piano) in addition to Shorter (tenor sax). Includes a wealth of contrasting material and three new Shorter compositions: "As Far as the Eye Can See,” “Adventures Aboard the Golden Mean,” and the title track. Challenging tone poems

Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hal

Blue Note

Release date: September 2005

Recently rediscovered jazz masterpiece! The music made by Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane in their residency at the "Five Spot" Club in New York in 1957 has always been talked about as one of the high points of jazz. Yet up until this release there had been only the three studio recorded tracks on the Riverside album "Thelonious Monk with John

Jazz Links - General Comprehensive guide of jazz festivals in Europe Europe Jazz Network Europe-wide association of producers and presenters of creative jazz and improvised musics; articles, reviews, forthcoming events Red Hot Jazz If you're interested in the history of jazz pre 1930, this site has extensive streaming audio and articles on the early jazz greats - Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong...... The Jazz

Marc Johnson - Shades of Jade

ECM Release date: October 2005 This is an intriguing development in Marc Johnson's music making. We are close here to the core line up of John Scofield's excellent 1990 offering "Meant to Be" (where John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Marc Johnson were joined by Bill Stewart on drums) except that here Joey Baron replaces Bill Stewart. There is also close synergy with the personnel and approach of

John Coltrane - One Down, One Up


Release date: October 2005 Widgets

The second significant John Coltrane release in as many months (see also Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane "At Carnegie Hall"), "One Down, One Up" presents previously unheard material recorded at the "Half Note" club in 1965. The occasion was a broadcast for radio in what was then the new fangled invention of stereo, the