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Danilo Pérez (left) and Wayne Shorter (Photo: Fran Kaufman)

Wayne Shorter’s Spontaneous Art
An hour before pianist Danilo Pérez went onstage with the Wayne Shorter Quartet on April 28 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, he was asked what the group would be playing. He laughed.
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Regina Carter Weaves Tapestry of
Cultural Threads

While in residence at New York's Jazz Standard April 19–22, violinist Regina Carter performed selections from her 2010 album Reverse Thread (eOne) …
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‘Fela!’ Triumphs in Music and Message
“I witnessed a miracle tonight,” wrote Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson after seeing “Fela!,” a theatrical production inspired by the life …
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Great Night at the Apollo Benefits Jazz Foundation of America
On May 17, a week shy of the Season 11 finale of the commercial TV hit show “American Idol,” another major—and historically more significant …
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RareNoiseRecords a Crossroads of Style, Technology & Taste
Founded in 2008 by guitarist/producer Eraldo Bernocchi and entrepreneur Giacomo Bruzzo, London-based RareNoiseRecords is the record label arm of RareNoise Ltd. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1 BY FRANK ALKYER
Orrin Evans,
Flip The Script
(Posi-Tone)
Orrin Evans is a pianist, composer and bandleader whose reputation has been steadily rising, particularly with his Captain Black Big Band. But on his latest recording, Flip The Script, we find Evans equally powerful in the trio setting. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Sweet Chicago Suite (Intuition Records)
Sweet Chicago Suite serves as a tribute to Ray Anderson’s hometown, but musically, the Pocket Brass Band sounds straight out of New Orleans. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Diego Schissi Quinteto, Tongos (Sunnyside)
Welcome to the next generation of the tango. Pianist and composer Diego Schissi, who was born in Argentina, came to the United States to study jazz, which he pursued for over a decade. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Steve Kuhn Trio, Wisteria (ECM)
This trio date is a meeting of familiar masters. In the liner notes to Wisteria, pianist Steve Kuhn points out that he has played with bassist Steve Swallow for more than 50 years, and he’s worked with drummer Joey Baron for more than 20 years …
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BY AARON COHEN
Hank Mobley, Newark 1953 (Uptown)
A Monday night at the little-known Picadilly in Newark, N.J., would seem an unlikely spot for capturing a valuable part of musical history. But this club had more than a few things going for it: Even if Manhattan overshadowed the town, Newark had its own healthy contingent of jazz musicians and fans. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, Clean On The Corner (482 Music)
A few years ago, drummer Mike Reed’s group began exploring under-appreciated gems from Chicago’s jazz legacy. People, Places & Things continues doing so on its fourth disc. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Fela Kuti & Egypt 80,
Live In Detroit 1986

(Knitting Factory Records)
Nigerian Afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti’s message remains as relevant today as it was during his lifetime, which makes it harder to believe that he’s been gone for nearly 15 years. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note)
Is Norah Jones a jazz artist? It’s a question people have been asking for the past decade, thanks to the still-reverberating waves generated by the mega-success of her Blue Note debut, 2002’s Come Away With Me. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Snarky Puppy, Ground UP
(Ropeadope Records)
Don’t judge Snarky Puppy on the basis of its name (which is, unfortunately, reminiscent of Skinny Puppy and Sick Puppies). Led by bassist Michael League, Snarky Puppy is an energetic collective that combines jazz, r&b and pop into a potent, dance-worthy blend. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Béla Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio, Across The Imaginary Divide (Rounder)
How apropos that in 2008 a chance meeting between banjoist Béla Fleck and pianist Marcus Roberts would take place in Georgia. After all, the Peach State is located right between these musicians’ respective stomping grounds—Tennessee and Florida. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Keyboard Control
Korg has expanded its microKEY USB-powered keyboard and MIDI controller family. The microKEY-37 is now joined by the two-octave microKEY-25 and the five-octave microKEY-61. …
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Tube Throwback
Vox has added the AC4C1-BL to its all-tube line. The portable, compact combo amp features gain control, bass and treble tone controls and a master volume to let any player easily recreate a historic sound. …
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Artisan Flashback
Bach’s new line of Artisan trumpet, cornet and trombone mouthpieces feature design elements reminiscent of the company’s 1920s models built in New York. …
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Tuner Arrival
St. Louis Music has introduced the UnionStation US-DT05 clip-on tuner, which works on all stringed instruments. It clips on easily, stays put and swivels to whatever . …
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Portable Sound
Gator Cases’ new G-PA Transport provides a simple storage and transport solution for portable P.A. systems. The case’s lightweight design features …
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Classic by Stanley Dance // February 1, 1962
Hawk Talk
“It’s surprising that a musician with his knowledge and experience should take time out to listen to younger musicians, but then his thinking isn’t limited by the past.” Lockjaw Davis was talking about Coleman Hawkins, a senior he holds in high regard. “And he doesn’t just listen to saxophones. He listens to all instruments. He always retains his personal flavor, but you find young musicians on his dates, and he’s just as comfortable with them as with the older guys.”
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