Jazziz Magazine

Editor’s Letter: Rod Stewart Now Sings Jazz. Deal With It (JAZZIZ)

It’s been decades since jazz was led out of the Great Popular Music Paradise. And it still hurts. True, in that time it has also gained recognition in certain circles not just as a noble social product but also as a worthy aesthetic and intellectual interest. This has had obvious benefits — including university-level study …

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Pat Metheny settles not-so-softly into middle age (JAZZIZ)

  On August 12, Pat Metheny turns 53. His face is now creased with the light lines of middle age, but he still has a broad, easy smile, a seemingly eternal tan, and his trademark tangle of wild hair. On this warm, late-spring afternoon in Manhattan, dressed in a long-sleeved T-shirt and cut-off jeans, he …

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Testament: The Making of Michael Brecker’s Final Album (JAZZIZ)

Most jazz recordings are little more than souvenirs, true-color snapshots of moments in the music’s history and in artists’ careers. Michael Brecker’s Pilgrimage (Heads Up) is a different matter. Recorded over four days in August 2006, and mixed shortly after Brecker succumbed to leukemia on January 13, at the age of 57, Pilgrimage is the …

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Nat King Cole: Pop Goes the (Jazz) Pianist (JAZZIZ)

  Wesley Prince, bass; Oscar Moore, guitar and Nat King Cole, Club Zanzibar in New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946. Photo by William Gottlieb Nat King Cole was not the first, nor would he be the last, jazz artist whose success as pop singer nearly eclipsed his brilliance as an instrumentalist. Consider Louis Armstrong and, …

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Nils Petter Molvær and the Music of Paradoxes (JAZZIZ)

The music of Nils Petter Molvær is the sound of paradox. It’s the sound of “Solid Ether,” a track from the Norwegian trumpeter, composer, and producer’s recently released CD, An American Compilation (Thirsty Ear). In fact, “Solid Ether” could serve as a manifesto on Molvær’s musical philosophy: delicate melodies floating over brutal, industrial rhythms; breathy, …

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Hear the World. The Globalization of Jazz (JAZZIZ)

JAZZIZ Magazine Editor’s Letter “Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no jazz,” said drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. “I’ve seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Africa.” …

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