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New in Book Reviews:
"HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ"
(by Ted Gioia)
The title of Ted Gioia's new book might strike many long-time jazz fans as too elementary for their needs. However, JHO book reviewer Thomas Cunniffe asserts that "How to Listen to Jazz" should be required reading for all jazz fans, because Gioia proves that the best way to revitalize our own passions for jazz is to share the music with others. Gioia recalls his early experiences with the music, and then applies his thirty years of experience as a critic and historian to clarify and amplify these events. 

New in Retro Reviews:
"CLASSIC COLEMAN HAWKINS SESSIONS, 1922-1947" 
Mosaic's "Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947" includes many of the pioneer tenor saxophonist's best recordings from the first half of his career. In this Retro Review, Thomas Cunniffe details the highlights of the set and praises the outstanding remastering by Andreas Meyer.

New in Historical Essays:
THE 1968 BILL EVANS TRIO WITH EDDIE GOMEZ & JACK DEJOHNETTE
For about 6 months in the middle of 1968, pianist Bill Evans led a remarkable trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Up until now, the only recordings that existed of this group were the Grammy-winning LP "Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival" and a handful of bootleg recordings. In this Historical Essay, Thomas Cunniffe discusses all of the group's recordings (including a newly released--and previously unknown--studio session) as well as a rare TV broadcast.
 

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:
JAZZ HISTORY ONLINE GOES EAST! (May 17-25, 2016)
In a reversal of Horace Greeley's advice, Thomas Cunniffe went east this spring to examine the possibilities of relocation, meet several friends and hear a lot of live music. In this special Concert Review, Cunniffe reports on the eight sets of music he heard in just one week. Featured artists include Duchess, Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, David Murray/Geri Allen/Terri Lyne Carrington Power Trio, Mike LeDonne's Groover Organ Quartet, Curtis Brothers Quartet, Meg Clifton & Victor North.

New in CD Reviews:
PERSONAL TRIBUTES
Tribute albums can come in many forms. Despite its title, Jane Ira Bloom's new CD, "Early Americans" actually celebrates her current trio. Roberta Piket pays homage to her mentor Marian McPartland with lovely sextet arrangements of McPartland's compositions on "One for Marian". Matt Wilson gathers the members of his various groups in a lively memorial to his wife Felicia on "Beginning of a Memory". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the discs. 


VOCAL POTPOURRI
Vocalists from all over the globe highlight this month's vocal CD reviews. Swiss vocalist Beat Kaestli offers a wide range of songs on his disc "Live in Europe", Australian vocalist and pianist Sarah McKenzie draws from a rich set of vocal and instrumental influences on "We Could Be Lovers" and from here in the US, Kurt Elling joins Branford Marsalis for a brilliant collaboration on "Upward Spiral". Thomas Cunniffe notes the highlights in his reviews.  


Sidetracks:
THE GIRL ON THE INTERNET
Since the summer of 2015, when she uploaded her remarkable scat version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps", French jazz vocalist Camille Bertault has been an internet sensation. In this edition of Sidetracks, Bertault tells Thomas Cunniffe about the inspiration for that video, and her unique and varied background. The article includes four embedded videos (and links to several more) plus a review of Bertault's new CD, "En Vie".


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