Special Holiday Feature:
MUSIC FOR A COOL YULE (2014)
Happy Holidays from Jazz History Online! For our annual feature, Music for a Cool Yule, Thomas Cunniffe and Marti Mendenhall offer capsule reviews of the best in holiday jazz, both new and classic. This year's entries include new albums by Afro Blue, Renee Fleming, Laurence Hobgood, Jo Stafford and Take 6.
New in CD Reviews:
ME & YOU: MORE DUOS
Jazz duos offer a format where cooperation and communication are found in their purest form, and where each musician has the responsibility to make his partner sound good. By the same token, each musician must retain his own individuality and find places in his partner’s style where a dynamic interaction can take place. Thomas Cunniffe reviews three new duo albums in this CD review.
three vocal CDs reviewed this month feature an abundance of original
compositions. Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens lead an
international ensemble on a celebration of Brazilian music, "Samba
Little Samba", Lauren Hooker sings an autobiographical song cycle on
"All For You, My Heart and Soul", and the duo of Judi Silvano and
Michael Abene perform daring improvisations from compositional sketches
on "My Dance." Thomas Cunniffe examines the music.
New in DVD Reviews:
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.
"KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON"
Clark Terry is one of jazz's greatest mentors. There's hardly a jazz musician working today that hasn't been touched by this gentle, wise giant. A new documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On", captures Terry and his gifted student, pianist Justin Kauflin, as they each face numerous obstacles. Thomas Cunniffe provides a sneak preview in this special edition of Sidetracks.