THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS OF "BODY & SOUL" Before it was interpolated into the Broadway revue, "Three's A Crowd", Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" had been a hit in England. As the musical went through tryouts, the lyrics of the song underwent a complete rewrite before its Broadway premiere. In this interactive Historical Essay, Thomas Cunniffe examines 17 recordings of "B&S" recorded between February and October 1930.
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SONNY ROLLINS: "THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU" When Sonny Rollins signed with Impulse Records in 1965, his first recording project was a live outdoor concert at New York's Museum of Modern Art. During the concert, Rollins wandered all around the performing space as he improvised, and the off-mike recording was shelved for 13 years. Thomas Cunniffe examines the recording and the music in this Retro Review.
As if January wasn't depressing enough, jazz fans were told once again that their music represents only 2.3% of the US music market. To make things worse, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced this year's lineup--with a preponderance of rock and pop acts. Thomas Cunniffe considers the implications of these events in this month's Sidetracks.
Because so much of jazz history lies within the grooves of phonograph records, discography—the science of cataloging and detailing those records—is an important part of the historical canon. Up until now, the story of jazz discographers was told only in brief articles and offhand summaries, but Bruce Epperson’s new book “More Important than the Music” provides a thorough history of the discography. Thomas Cunniffe offers his reactions.
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(LESSER-KNOWN) TENORS OF OUR TIME Think of contemporary tenor players and the names of Shorter, Rollins and Lovato come to mind. While these men are true giants, there are many fine tenor saxophonists worthy of greater recognition. Thomas Cunniffe reviews recent releases by three of these lesser-known talents: Eli Degibri, Tim Hegarty and Pete Mills.
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE For this month's vocal CD reviews, Thomas Cunniffe examines the recordings of several singers who balance teaching and performing. The music of Janice Borla, Rebecca DuMaine, and the group Vertical Voices covers an impressive range of styles, and through their exceptional performances, they prove that they practice what they teach.
With contemporary music styles cross-fertilizing before our very ears, the training of young musicians requires instruction in an ever-widening range of genres. A gala concert featuring the talented students, alumni and mentors from three pioneering music education programs has just been released as the CD/DVD set (and PBS special), "Jazz and the Philharmonic". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the discs.
LAUREN KINHAN & THE ART OF INTERPRETATION (February 5, 2014) In
support of her newest album, "Circle in a Square", vocalist Lauren
Kinhan returned to Denver's Soiled Dove for a performance which
exhibited the depth of her musical world. Thomas Cunniffe, who considers
Kinhan's album her best to date, offers his views on both the CD and
Wardell may be the greatest singer you've never heard. Well-known in
Europe, but barely known in the US, Wardell is one of the best scat
singers in jazz today, and she also is a superb interpreter of vocalese,
jazz originals and standards. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Wardell
in this profile which features 5 complete audio selections and a video
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