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Two Tony Bennett Releases Celebrate The Singer’s 85th Birthday
Tony Bennett’s fans will have multiple options if they want to purchase music in celebration of the legendary singer’s 85th birthday. On Sept. 20, Columbia will release Duets II, which includes Bennett’s collaborations with a host of vocalists. The tracks include “The Lady Is A Tramp” (with Lady Gaga), “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” (with Willie Nelson), “Speak Low” (with Norah Jones), “Blue Velvet” (with k.d. lang) and “How Do You Keep The Music Playing” (with Aretha Franklin). More »

Tony Bennett (Photo: Legacy Recordings)

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Return To Forever IV Tour Reincarnates and Reinvents
“Audiences are like conversations,” said Chick Corea, two days before his concert at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. “They’re different every time.” More »

Artist Examines Dolphy Frame by Frame
At the heart of every classic comics franchise, from Batman to Spider-Man, is a complex character sketch.  More »

Definitive Armstrong Box Set Unveiled at Satchmo Summer Fest
In 1959, a young British music fan named Richard Havers picked up his first Louis Armstrong record, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” at a yard sale. More »

Remembering “Honeyboy” Edwards
David “Honeyboy” Edwards, legendary Delta bluesman, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his Chicago home. He was 96. More »

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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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Miguel Zenón, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
A few years ago, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón began a rigorous look at traditional and various regional Puerto Rican musical genres so that …
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BY aaron cohen
Tinariwen, Tassili (Anti-)
Decades ago, a group of Saharan Touareg refugees living in exile picked up electric guitars and brought amplification to …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Rahsaan Barber,
Everyday Magic (Jazz Music City)
Rahsaan Barber can flat-out play the saxophone. He can also flat-out compose and arrange. The proof exists on Everyday Magic, his latest release …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Trombone Shorty, For True
(Verve Forecast)
If you haven’t caught Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live in the past year, you simply don’t get out enough. …
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By aaron cohen
Trio 3 + Geri Allen,Celebrating Mary Lou Williams: Live At Birdland New York (Intakt)
Last year at New York’s Birdland, the trio of saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and …
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By BOBBY REED
Chris Connor, Sings Gentle Bossa Nova (Just A Memory)
By the time Chris Connor landed on the cover of the May 4, 1955, issue of DownBeat, the jazz vocalist had already worked with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton. …
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By Frank Alkyer
Curtis Fuller, The Story Of Cathy And Me (Challenge Records)
The Story Of Cathy And Me is more than a jazz album. It’s a love story for the ages. You know you’re in for something stunning from the opening interlude: Over a lush duet …
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By Bobby Reed
Mia Fuglsang Holm, Musical Portraits: Photographs and Reflections by Jan Persson (Ajour)
Photographer Jan Persson’s work has appeared in over 1,000 publications, including DownBeat. …
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By Bobby Reed
Sounds And Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher (ECM)
Making music is often hard work. Most documentaries about musicians fail to depict the sweat and toil involved in creating a composition and recording it properly, but Swiss filmmakers Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer have triumphed with Sounds And Silence. …
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By HILARY BROWN
Armen Donelian,
Leapfrog
(Sunnyside)
The game of leapfrog is an anomaly. It’s not an exhibition of brawn, and it requires no premeditated strategy. It isn’t a team sport per se, nor is it …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Three’s Company
AER has expanded its Bottom Line series of electric bass combos with the Amp Three. Based on a 200-watt power amp, Amp Three employs a pair of 8-inch bass speakers. …
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Mallet Academics
Adams has unveiled the Academy series, which includes a three-octave graduated bar Padouk Marimba (pictured) and a 3.5-octave Light Rosewood Xylophone. …
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Compact Keys
Korg has launched the microPIANO, a compact, convenient and portable piano for players of all levels. Featuring 61 keys, the microPIANO borrows design elements from a grand piano, including an adjustable lid. …
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Shake It Up
Pearl has launched the Triple Shaker, a rectangular percussion instrument that …
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Freedom Rings
RS Berkeley’s Freedom Adjustable Clarinet Barrel adjusts from roughly 60–70mm. Ideal for large- and medium-bore B-flat clarinets, the barrel’s mechanics let it remain stationary during …
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Classic By Ralph J. Gleason // June 1, 1951
Charles Mingus: A Thinking Musician
San Francisco—The agile fingers of Charlie Mingus plucking the strings of his bass in the Red Norvo Trio were the wonder of musicians during the group's four-week stay at the Black Hawk—as they have been wherever he has played. The Mingus talent transcends that, however, and even gets across to the drink-buying public, a feat many musicians feel impossible.
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