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From left: Chick Corea, Edward Simon, Stefon Harris, Robin Eubanks, Avishai Cohen, David Sánchez, Jeff Ballard (back) and Miguel Zenón (Photo: Scott Chernis for SFJAZZ)

SFJAZZ Christens New Facility with All-Star Gala
On Jan. 21, SFJAZZ debuted its new facility—America’s first stand-alone jazz center and concert hall, which was designed by architect Mark Cavagnero and features state-of-the-art acoustical engineering. Despite its modernist facade, the SFJAZZ Center’s opening gala on Jan. 23 was all about roots.
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2013 NEA Jazz Masters Honored at Dizzy’s
On Jan. 14, pianist Mose Allison, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon and pianist Eddie Palmieri joined the ranks …
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Winter Jazzfest Expands Roster, Maintains Cutting-Edge Vibe
Now expanded to six venues and more than 70 artists, Winter Jazzfest is New York’s annual State of the Music address. …
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OKeh Revived as Jazz Label
Sony Classical has relaunched its OKeh label as a jazz imprint and will release several titles in 2013, beginning with John Medeski’s A Different Time on April 9 …
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Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies
Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival and jazz archivist who brought the genre to a new contingent of international music fans …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY FRANK ALKYER
Omar Sosa, Eggūn: The Afri-Lectric Experience (Otá)
In the West African spiritual practice of Ifá, the eggūn are the spirits of those who have gone before, both family members and spiritual guides. It’s only fitting that Cuban pianist Omar Sosa would title his latest recording Eggūn. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Slippery Rock! (Hot Cup Records)
Bassist and whiz-kid composer Moppa Elliott has long been well versed in the language of satire. In the past, Elliott and his cartoonish A-Team—the agile quartet known as …
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BY BOBBY REED
Otis Taylor,
My World Is Gone
(Telarc)
Otis Taylor is a serious artist. The blues musician previously has written songs about such heavy topics as slavery, and on his 13th album, My World Is Gone, he addresses the historic and ongoing struggles of Native Americans. …
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By BOBBY REED
Duke Ellington,
Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington Orchestra

(Jazzhaus/SWR Music)
The Jazzhaus label, which recently has issued previously unavailable live recordings of Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman and Gerry Mulligan, has unearthed another gem. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Enrico Rava,
Rava On The Dance Floor
(ECM)
One school of thought holds that jazz thrives when it remains staunchly separate from pop music and its common-denominator elements. But another school of thought believes that jazz musicians should embrace …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
John Hollenbeck,
Songs I Like A Lot
(Sunnyside)
Welcome to the first classic album of 2013. With Songs I Like A Lot, John Hollenbeck has created an absolute masterpiece of arranging, paying tribute to the music of Jimmy Webb, Ornette Coleman, Imogen Heap, Queen and …
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BY AARON COHEN
Frank Wess/Johnny Coles, Two At The Top (Uptown)
Although standard jazz history presents the 1980s as an era when young musicians took on the tunes, styles and attitudes of earlier generations, there were several veterans at that time who sounded …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Rudresh Mahanthappa, Gamak (ACT)
Rudresh Mahanthappa is making some of the most interesting recordings on the improvised-music scene today. As proof, just check out his latest release, Gamak. It’s in. It’s out. It’s all about the groove. It battles the groove. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Naresh Fernandes,
Taj Mahal Foxtrot:
The Story Of Bombay’s Jazz Age
(Roli Books)
When Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington traveled to India in the 1950s and ’60s, their jazz dialogues with local musicians were hardly one-sided. An active jazz scene had thrived in Bombay …
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BY AARON COHEN
The Como Mamas,
Get An Understanding
(Daptone)
Gospel traditionalists often lament that the ongoing trend of big-choir production numbers and amped-up accompaniment has overshadowed the joys and challenges of small-group a cappella singing. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Guitar Empowerment
Fishman has launched its Triple Play wireless guitar controller with a comprehensive suite of full-version software from PreSonus, Native Instruments, Notion Music and IK Multimedia. Easy to install on any guitar, Triple Play gives guitarists access to …
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Yamaha’s ‘New 62s’
Yamaha has unveiled its “New 62” professional tenor and alto saxophones, which feature a newly designed “62” neck for improved playability and greater control. The YAS-62III and YTS-62III models include a redesigned low B–C# connection for more precise key adjustment. …
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Hoop Dreams
Sabian’s Hoop Crasher is a dual-ring effects device that sits on top of a snare drum and offers a variety of sizzling sounds. …
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Tension Release
D’Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension sets have been designed to have a comparable tension level from string to string, permitting greater dynamic control and a …
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Mini Monophonic
Korg’s MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first introduced in 1978, has been reborn in hardware as the new MS-20 mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have reproduced it in a body that has been shrunk to 86 percent of the original size. …
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Classic by Ray Townley // January 31, 1974
Lester … Who?
Lester Bowie is not your normal image of a bravura trumpeter. He doesn’t wear tailored, skin-tight pants like Maynard Ferguson, or his protege, Lin Biviano. In fact, of late he’s been into wearing bib overalls and a soiled railroad man’s cap. But he has been known to occasionally chomp on a fetid cigar.
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