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Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary
As Charlie Haden Quartet West turns 25, the group has brought in a number of guests for its silver anniversary disc, Sophisticated Ladies (EmArcy/Decca), which is being released on March 22.
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Ben Allison Announces Year-Long
New York Residency

Bassist Ben Allison will being performing every Tuesday night this year at New York’s Kush. He will also release his 10th album, Action-Refraction (Palmetto), on April 12. More »

Chamber Music America
Awards Jazz Grants

The New York-based organization Chamber Music America (CMA) has announced that it will award $285,000 in grants to 23 jazz artists, ensembles and presenters in the United States and France. More »

New John Coltrane Tracks Discovered
Three previously unheard and unreleased John Coltrane tracks have been discovered and will be made available in April on First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection (Impulse/Universal), a four-CD set that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Impulse Records. More »

Kermit Driscoll Releases Debut
Kermit Driscoll, a go-to bassist in New York for more than 30 years, is releasing his debut as a leader, Reveille (Nineteen-Eight), on April 5. His ensemble includes guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and pianist Kris Davis. More »

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Donny McCaslin,
Perpetual Motion
(Greenleaf Records)
An uncompromising tenor saxophonist with tough chops and brainy ideas, McCaslin pushes the limits of composition and improvisation on Perpetual Motion. More »

Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuária, Lagrimas Mexicanas
(Entertainment One)
Having played together in a variety of settings over the past 25 years, including one another’s albums, American guitarist Frisell and Brazilian singer/guitarist/percussionist Cantuária had been waiting for the right opportunity for a full-on collaboration. More »

Eric Reed,
The Dancing Monk
Pianist Eric Reed interprets Thelonious Monk on his own terms here, and his singular approach is graceful, which, on the surface, seems more delicate than his contemporaries. More »

Ernestine Anderson,
Ernestine Anderson sings with a voice that’s real and ripe, full of southern grit, class and soul. Her jazz drips with the blues—or is it that her blues drips with jazz? More »

World Saxophone Quartet, Yes We Can (Tiki)
Fueled by the possibilities opened by Barack Obama’s presidency, a buoyant World Saxophone Quartet delivers Yes We Can. More »

Nordic Connect,
Spirals is the fine new recording from Nordic Connect, a quintet made up of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, her saxophone-playing sister Christine Jensen, keyboardist Maggi Olin, bassist Mattias Welin and drummer Jon Wikan. More »

Various Artists,
FMP Im Rückblick–
In Retrospect
(FMP Publishing)
Who could have imagined back in 1969 that a German label religiously dedicated to uncompromising free-jazz would outlast the Berlin Wall? More »

Jane Ira Bloom,
A Guggenheim fellowship went a long way in allowing soprano saxophonist Bloom the time and resources needed to compose the material for Wingwalker, her 14th album as a leader. More »

Reverend John Wilkins,
You Can’t Hurry God

(Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum)

For my last month’s Editors’ Picks, I chose Rev. Johnny L. Jones’ The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta, and this disc shows a different approach to classic gospel.
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t120th Anniversary Trumpet
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Xeno line of brass instruments, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division is releasing a limited run of 50 YTR-8335RS professional trumpets.
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t2No Fake, Part 4
Hal Leonard has released Volume IV of The Real Book, the latest installment in its series of now-legal jazz fakebooks. Titles include “Blues In Frankie’s Flat,” “Chromozone,” “In A Silent Way,” “Inner Space,” “Jeru,” “Long Tall Dexter,” “Summertime,” “Two Bass Hit” and “Way Out West.”
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t3Finale Upgrade
Finale’s 2011 upgrade offers a level of flexibility that transforms the creative process. New staff layout capabilities make it simple and intuitive to hide, move and edit staves, groups and brackets. Users are now free to work in any order they wish.
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t4Workstation Play
Korg has released its new flagship keyboard, the Kronos Music Workstation, which unites nine distinct sound engines. The workstation includes Korg’s Virtual Memory Technology, which lets players take advantage of huge piano, drum and tape-based keyboard libraries.
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Motema Records

Savannah Music Festival


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The February 2011 issue of DownBeat is on newsstands now, featuring alto saxophonists Bunky Green and Rudresh Mahanthappa on the cover. This issue also highlights guitarist Kevin Eubanks, pianist Omar Sosa, trumpeter John McNeil, the late tenor saxophonist/flutist James Moody and 150 Great International Jazz Venues. And, be sure to check out this month’s offering of CD reviews, product reviews, concert reviews, jazz news and player profiles. More »

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Classic By Leonard Feather // June 29, 1955
Joe Williams: Basie’s Got A Blues Bawler Again, And Everyone’s Starting To Rave Over Him
For those who feel that there is more to the blues than “Ko Ko Mo” and the r&b hit parade, it is good news that for the first time since the monumental Jimmy Rushing, there is a blues singer with the Count Basie band.
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