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New in Retro Reviews:
"WES MONTGOMERY IN PARIS"
Resonance Records' latest Wes Montgomery issue will not be new to seasoned fans. The guitarist's 1965 Paris concert has been available as a bootleg for many years. However, Resonance's edition offers the concert in its entirety, mastered from the original ORTF master tapes. It is also the first legitimate release of this material. Thomas Cunniffe reviews the recording, which also features Harold Mabern, Arthur Harper, Jimmy Lovelace and Johnny Griffin.

Book Reviews:
"THIS IS HIP: THE LIFE OF MARK MURPHY" (by Peter Jones)
One of the most original vocalists in jazz history, Mark Murphy never stopped experimenting with his sound, style and repertoire. His artistic restlessness and uncompromising attitude may have kept him from achieving the fame due him. Peter Jones' new Murphy bio "This is Hip" explores the fascinating life and career of this jazz icon. Guest reviewer Mick Carlon offers his thoughts on the volume


Historical Essays:
FRANKIE NEWTON:
THE FORGOTTEN TRUMPETER
(Part 1) 
(Part 2)
Despite appearing on some of the greatest jazz records of the 1930s,  and possessing one of the most personal sounds in jazz history, trumpeter Frankie Newton is barely remembered today. His biography is filled with contradictory information, and his discography has several mysterious gaps. Thomas Cunniffe sorts out the conflicting details and discusses all of Newton's recordings in this special 2-part Historical Essay.

Profiles:
LUCIANA SOUZA:
PASSION AND VERSATILITY
Few contemporary vocalists have the stylistic range of Luciana Souza. She is a remarkable improviser and composer who can not only offer passionate interpretations of songs from America and Brazil, but is also a collaborator with contemporary classical composer Osvaldo Golijov. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Souza in this JHO profile, which includes audio and video clips of Souza at work


New in Concert Reviews:
TWO COLORADO CONCERTS BY
MARIA SCHNEIDER
(Boulder; February 15, 2018 &
Lakewood; February 27, 2018)

Colorado jazz fans were offered a rare treat with two performances by composer/bandleader Maria Schneider in just under two weeks. In addition to a four-day workshop with student musicians from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Schneider brought her entire New York-based orchestra to the Lakewood Cultural Center for a sold-out concert. Thomas Cunniffe attended both concerts and in his review, he notes how the combined repertoire of the concerts offered a unique overview of Schneider's evolution as a composer. 


New in CD Reviews:
DYNAMICS OF THE DUO
The duo (or duet) remains one of the most venerable formats for jazz performance. The form defies any strict rules, so that the only necessary ingredients are two musicians who want to work together and can share the same jazz language. Thomas Cunniffe reviews two diverse albums from Anat Cohen & Fred Hersch, and Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp. 


LOVE...AND OTHER SUBJECTS 
While only one of the albums featured in this month's vocal CD reviews is entirely devoted to the subject of love, all four discs touch upon the topic. In addition, all of the albums reveal new artistic heights for the performers. Thomas Cunniffe comments on new albums by Camille Bertault, Alexis Cole, Kate McGarry and Norma Winstone.



New in DVD Reviews:
CELEBRATING PITTSBURGH JAZZ
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a small city when compared to metropolises like New York, Boston and Philadelphia. However, the rich musical culture of the city’s black community produced an extraordinary number of jazz masters, including Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, Roy Eldridge, Billy Strayhorn, Kenny Clarke, Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and George Benson. Thomas Cunniffe reviews a new documentary and a new book which celebrate the jazz heritage of this great city. 
 
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