February 16, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Guitarist Russell Malone talks with Gary Walker about his new CD "Love Looks Good On You." Malone performs Feb. 17 and 18 at New York's Jazz Standard with Rick Germanson on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III, drums. Enjoy!
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February 13, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Maxine Gordon talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the career of her late husband, saxophonist Dexter Gordon. The Dexter Gordon Legacy Ensemble performs at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York Feb. 26 to March 1, and there will be a listening party with Maxine and others on Dexter Gordon's Columbia years at Jazz At Lincoln Center Feb. 19. Enjoy!
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February 12, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
This is the third of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.
Bassist Martin Wind is one of my most regular regulars at JOTM.
Last year, he played one of the most beautiful concerts ever at Mohonk - a tribute to Bill Evans Turn Out The Stars, which I previewed for WBGO's RADAR when it came out as an album (with an Italian orchestra) last year.
For this year, we talked about him playing what he calls "Bass Talk" - solos, duets, and other groups playing music composed by the great bass players. As he worked on this music, a band evolved with Dave Stryker, Scott Robinson, and drummer Dennis Mackrel.
They started with a Sam Jones tune, ended with a Paul Chambers tune, and a beautiful highlight was "What's New?" by bassist Bob Haggart.
Bassist Chris Brubeck was also slated to perform at Mohonk this year, but could not play. He'd fainted and fallen in the spa. He's okay, but spent the night at the Vassar hospital for tests.
"Chris Brubeck & Friends" was how the group was advertised, and the "Friends" played on, with Martin Wind filling in on bass.
I'd heard the Brubeck Brothers play a great concert in Montreal with Chuck Lamb playing piano. He lives in Denver but was able to come, and he was, as I wanted, spectacular.
They played Dave Brubeck classics (for me the tune that turned me on to jazz, "Strange Meadowlark") and originals of Chuck's and guitarist Mike DeMicco's, especially a highlighting song Chuck composed for his lady that danced from his fingers. Scott Robinson joined in on tenor sax for "In Your Own Sweet Way" and on bass sax for "Take Five."
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