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Sonny Rollins (left) with fellow Kennedy Center Honorees Barbara Cook and Neil Diamond (Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS)

Sonny Rollins Receives
Kennedy Center Honor

Saxophone virtuoso Sonny Rollins is among the artists in the current class of Kennedy Center Honorees. Each of the honorees in the 2011 class, which also includes singer Barbara Cook, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and actress Meryl Streep, was the subject of a star-studded tribute on Dec. 4 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
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Corea’s New York Residency
Chick Corea, who turned 70 this year, celebrated his birthday with a monthlong residency at New York’s Blue Note in November.
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Monty Alexander Evokes Sinatra,
Cole in Loving Tribute

It was a classic New York evening at Jilly’s, the legendary bar founded by Frank Sinatra’s pal Jilly Rizzo.
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MCG Jazz: Celebrating 25 Years
of Innovation

Like an opening set, the 25-year-old Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) is just getting warmed up.
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NEA Jazz Master Bob Brookmeyer
Dies at 81

Bob Brookmeyer, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master whose talents ranged from valve trombonist to composer, arranger and educator, died on Dec. 15 in New London, N.H., from heart disease.
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1 BY AARON COHEN
Charlie Haden—Hank Jones, Come Sunday (Emarcy/Decca)
Seventeen years ago, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones teamed up for the striking duo recording Steal Away. In February 2010, they reunited to record another collection …
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BY BOBBY REED
Claudio Roditi,
Bons Amigos
(Resonance)
Trumpeter Claudio Roditi, 65, has been a sideman to Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Mann and McCoy Tyner, he has released about 20 albums as a leader, and he has been based in New York since 1976. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Monika Herzig and contributors, David Baker, A Legacy In Music
(Indiana University Press)

David Baker deserves a statue. He might be the most unassuming, larger-than-life figure I’ve met during my two decades at DownBeat. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian, Further Explorations
(Concord Jazz)
There’s something perfect about the piano trio—piano, bass and drums engaged in the art of point and counterpoint, give and take, listen and respond—the bare essentials of beauty. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Bernstein Goldings Stewart, Live At Smalls (Smalls Live)
The Smalls Live label does a terrific job of capturing the vibe of the New York club’s jazz scene. And this contribution from guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Larry Goldings …
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BY BOBBY REED
Sophie Milman, In The Moonlight (Entertainment One)
Singer Sophie Milman was born in Russia’s Ural Mountains, raised in Israel and is now based in Toronto. That seems like a rather unusual background for a velvety singer who sounds so completely comfortable …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra, Sketches Of India (Stateside Music/SteepleChase Productions)
I’ve always found Indian ragas to be much like their land of origin: majestic, exotic and busy. Each raga is a vast musical tapestry …
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BY BOBBY REED
Erik Charlston JazzBrasil, Essentially Hermeto (Sunnyside)
On his Sunnyside debut, vibes/marimba player Erik Charlston pays tribute to composer Hermeto Pascoal, who rose to prominence in the ’60s in his native Brazil …
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BY AARON COHEN
Kiran Ahluwalia,
Aam Zameen: Common Ground
(Kiran Music)
Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia’s global musical connections sound as imaginative and resolute as her idealism. She’s blended an expertise in South Asian idioms—particularly qawwali
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BY AARON COHEN
Calvin Keys, Shawn-Neeq (Tompkins Square)
While fusion was taking off in the early 1970s, Calvin Keys had a distinctive approach to playing the electric guitar. He usually avoided distortion, favoring clean and fast lines, and his exchanges …
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BY HILARY BROWN
The Roots, Undun (Def Jam)
Another piteous narrative about a drug dealer’s self-reflection? Initially, I wondered whether Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and company might be making a misstep by basing their 10th venture on a recycled hip-hop trope. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Perfect 10
Avid’s new Pro Tools 10 software offers 24-hour timeline capability and the ability to use multiple file formats and mixed bit depths in the same
project …

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Whiteout
Marshall’s new Marshall White headphones include the original Major and Minor models in white. …
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Double Time
Vox Amplification’s AC15C2 Twin combo tube amp is an enhanced version of the AC15C1 that adds a second speaker. Providing two 12-inch Celestion Greenbacks …
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Global Sensation
Korg’s SV-1 keyboard features the sounds of both Japanese and German grand pianos. …
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Muy Fácil
The Latin Real Easy Book from Sher Music contains an in-depth selection of Afro-Cuban classics, Brazilian music and Latin jazz tunes. It can be used by music teachers, students and pros alike. …
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Classic by Sammy Davis Jr. // August 22, 1956
The Frank Sinatra I Know
I first met Frank in the early forties, about three months before he left Tommy Dorsey to go out as a single. The band was playing Detroit, and a unit called Tip, Tap, and Toe was to open with them, but the unit was hung up in Canada. So they put us in for three days on the same bill as the band.
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