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Downstage, from left: Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan and B.B. King

Clapton’s Crossroads Fest Showcases Heavy-Hitting
Six-Stringers

Guitar icon Eric Clapton cleaned up and got sober in the 1980s, and he’s been paying it forward ever since. In 2004, Clapton launched his Crossroads Guitar Festival, which raises money for Crossroads Centre, a 36-bed drug and alcohol treatment facility on the Caribbean island of Antigua, where he owns two estates.
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JazzBoston Launches JazzBird
Radio App

JazzBoston has launched a unique computer application to aggregate and zero in on jazz radio programs from all over the world. …
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D’Rivera Resurrects Charlie Parker
With Strings

Charlie Parker believed that his 1949 and 1950 studio sessions for Mercury Records with a small string-and-woodwind ensemble were among his best recordings. …
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New Erskine iBook Evokes Weather Report Years
On April 1, drummer Peter Erskine released No Beethoven (Fuzzy Music), an autobiographical account of the legendary stick slinger’s time with …
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Peyroux Shines in Chicago
Madeleine Peyroux does not sing like Billie Holiday. Critics have often compared her to Lady Day, but in the first of two shows on April 5 at …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY BOBBY REED
Jane Monheit, The Heart Of The Matter (Emarcy/Decca)
Jane Monheit is a technician who operates with precision. But that doesn’t mean she’s stuffy or aloof. This supremely gifted singer is capable of tremendous vocal flights, dips, turns and extensions, but she doesn’t grandstand or hold a note simply to show off. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
The Bill Horvitz Expanded Band, The Long Walk
(Big Door Prize)
The Long Walk is composer-guitarist Bill Horvitz’s tribute to his brother Philip, a dramatic artist who passed away suddenly from heart failure in 2005. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society,
Brooklyn Babylon

(New Amsterdam)

We define musicians by the instruments they play. Darcy James Argue is one of those rare, magical artists whose instrument is the large ensemble. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Oliver Lake Big Band, Wheels (Passin’ Thru)
Alto saxophonist Oliver Lake has been putting together big bands sporadically since the late 1960s after taking courses with the great Oliver Nelson. Lake made a new commitment to running these large ensembles in 1998, …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Clay Swafford,
Rooster
(Lost Cause)
Don’t be concerned if you don’t know who Clay Swafford is yet. You will soon enough. Rooster is the terrific debut album by this 29-year-old boogie-woogie and blues piano player. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Albert King, Born Under A Bad Sign (Stax Remasters)
Albert King’s seminal 1967 disc Born Under A Bad Sign remains the calling card for one of blues’ most revered axmen. The album was an influential link between the soul and experimental rock scenes of the late 1960s. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Enrico Pieranunzi,
Live At The Village Vanguard
(Cam Jazz)
Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi created a formidable challenge for himself when he recorded these sets at New York’s Village Vanguard over two nights in July 2010. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Edward Simon Trio,
Live In New York At Jazz Standard
(Sunnyside)
Edward Simon specializes in piano jazz with teeth. Each member of his trio is an improviser par excellence who can craft lilting beauty and combustive fireworks in equal doses. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Bobby McFerrin, spirityouall
(Sony Masterworks)

Bobby McFerrin is his own genre. Over the past 30 years, he has carved out a unique spot as a singer who defies categorization and often uses a wide array of wordless vocals. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Dur-Dur Band,
Dur-Dur Band Volume 5
(Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Before civil war, Islamic extremists and pirates devastated Somalia, the country was home to a rich blend of folk and popular music. Mogadishu was a crossroads for sources …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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2 Metheny Axes
The longtime relationship between Pat Metheny and Ibanez has yielded two new guitars. Players can expect a premium, full tone from the made-in-Japan PM200 NT (pictured), which features a …
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Going Up to 11
Avid has released Pro Tools 11, the latest version of its digital audio workstation. The upgrade features high-powered audio and video engines, 64-bit architecture, expanded metering and direct HD video …
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Updated & Upgraded
Drum Workshop has upgraded its flagship line of 9000 bass drum pedals. Among the improvements are a Tri-Pivot Toe Clamp that securely anchors the pedal to a variety of bass drum counterhoop sizes, an EZ-Adjust Infinite Cam that lets drummers …
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Dig In
The Gold Digger from Radial Engineering gives studio engineers the ability to quickly compare and select the best-sounding …
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Reed Launch
Gonzalez Reeds has launched the Classic line for all wind instruments, the Jazz line for alto and tenor saxophone, and the GD line (pictured) for B-flat clarinet. The Classic reeds feature …
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Classic by Frank Alkyer // June 2011
Growing Up Monk
What’s it like to grow up the child of a famous father, the son of jazz royalty? What’s it like to share the name Thelonious Sphere Monk?

With the 25th anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz approaching, DownBeat invited T.S. Monk Jr., a fine drummer in his own right, namesake of the Hall of Fame pianist and chairman of the board of trustees of the Monk Institute, to fly out to Chicago for a live interview. In front of more than 250 music students and educators at the Midwest Band Clinic last December, Monk Jr. revealed, “Thelonious is such a mystery to some, a mystery to so many people. But many of you may not know, he was a real family man.”
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