New in Sidetracks:
INTRODUCING KATIE THIROUX
The number of bassist/vocalists in jazz history is rather small, and the number gets smaller when factoring in how many are women. In this edition of Sidetracks, Thomas Cunniffe introduces us to Los Angeles-based Katie Thiroux, whose abundant talents as singer, composer, arranger, bassist and bandleader are displayed in her newly-released debut CD.
New in CD Reviews:
Because jazz is learned through listening to recordings of established masters and/or in-person mentoring from great musicians, the debt to our forebearers is quite significant. This month, Thomas Cunniffe reviews three new tributes from pianists Alex Conde, Jean-Michel Pilc and Justin Kauflin.
WITH A NEW VOICE
One of the greatest challenges for young jazz vocalists is how to stand out among the competition. In this month's vocal CD reviews, Thomas Cunniffe examines the music of Allegra Levy, whose first album is entirely comprised of original love songs written in the form of standards, and Lara Solnicki, whose second album features an eclectic playlist including pieces by Henry Purcell, Maurice Ravel, Jimmie Rowles, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell.
WARD SWINGLE (1927-2015)
Jazz History Online remembers Ward Swingle, who passed away in his sleep January 19, 2015 at the age of 87. A true innovator in vocal jazz, he was a member of the Blue Stars and Les Double Six before starting his own Swingle Singers in 1962. Swingle's unique rhythmic approach to Bach influenced choral groups all over the world, and the current edition of the Swingle Singers are one of the world's most innovative vocal groups. Swingle was a supporter of this website and an invaluable resource during the research and preparation for JHO's Swingle Singers interactive history. As a tribute, we again post a Front Page link to the Swingle Singers profile, discography and gallery.
2014: THE SUMMATION
History Online marks the new year with a summation of the year just
passed. Thomas Cunniffe's Sidetracks essay discusses the highlights of
concerts, books, DVDs, films, and CDs of 2014, and bids farewell to many
great musicians who left our world in the past 12 months.
FRED HERSCH: "MY COMA DREAMS"
Like most people, Fred Hersch doesn't remember his dreams. But the dreams he envisioned while in a medically-induced coma were so vivid, he described them in detail after he regained consciousness. Those dreams, and the story of his illness, are part a of a hybrid jazz/theatre work called "My Coma Dreams". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the newly released DVD of a performance at Columbia University.