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Jazz in China, Slim Gaillard, John Abercrombie, Steve Turre, Luciana Souza!
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New in Book Reviews:
JAZZ IN CHINA (by Eugene Marlow)
According to its author, Eugene Marlowe, the first reaction he gets to his pioneering study, "Jazz in China", is the question, "Is there jazz in China?" It has not been an easy road for jazz to flourish in this heavily Communist country, but it has two major periods, one before Mao's reign, and one after. Thomas Cunniffe applauds Marlow's original research and intrepid detective work in documenting this subject, but notes that a further trip to China could have brought the book up-to-date. 

New in Retro Reviews:
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard was a man of many gifts--songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist--but his greatest gift may have been as a linguist of both real and invented languages. Gaillard's recordings for JATP, MGM, Mercury, Clef and Norgran have been collected in a new Verve collection, "Groove Juice" and Thomas Cunniffe provides his input on how Gaillard's music and humor have traveled through the years

Historical Essays:
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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.

In 1958, the Dave Brubeck Quartet made a historic four-month tour of Europe and the Middle East for the US State Department. The tour was the subject of a PBS documentary, and the latest album by Brubeck's sons Chris and Dan. Thomas Cunniffe chatted with Chris about the tour and his father's legacy.

New in CD Reviews:
While the term "returning champion" comes from old TV game shows, it also applies to the women featured in this month's vocal CD reviews. All  have been featured here before, and all belong in the top echelon of the vocal jazz art. Thomas Cunniffe reviews the incredible new releases of Karrin Allyson, Rachel Caswell, Tessa Souter, Luciana Souza, and Roseanna Vitro.

This month's instrumental CD reviews collect a stunning tribute to Hank Mobley by fellow tenor man Eli Degibri, a quintet recording featuring trumpeter Brad Goode and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, and a lovely ballad-drenched album with trombonist Steve Turre. Thomas Cunniffe offers his thoughts on these three new releases. 

New in DVD Reviews:

For viewers with no background knowledge of its subject, the new documentary Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie is an amiable snapshot of the guitarist in his later years. However, anyone with previous knowledge of Abercrombie's triumphs will find numerous problems with the film. Thomas Cunniffe tells you what the film doesn't in this month's DVD review.

From the Archives:
Paul Desmond's blazing improvisation on "The Way You Look Tonight" (from the Dave Brubeck Quartet's album "Jazz at Oberlin") has long been considered one of the saxophonist's greatest solos. An alert JHO reader discovered that the solo was edited when transferred from 10" LP to EP and 12" LP. In this Sidetracks feature, Thomas Cunniffe notes that the edit completely changes the feel of the solo. Both versions are embedded in this article.

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