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JazzTimes July/August 2019

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Exclusive Content In our biweekly JazzTimes 10, Colin Fleming examines 10 great jazz movies and Michael J. West focuses on 10 late Duke Ellington masterpieces. Plus live reviews, album reviews, photo galleries, and much more. JT Blog For its 50th anniversary, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kept on rolling without the Stones. In her report for JT, Alison Fensterstock reaches back into Jazz Fest’s history to explain its significance now—and the ground it’s staking out between past and future. Audio & Video An exclusive premiere of the Anat Cohen Tentet’s “Milonga del Angel,” video from the 2019 Jazz Congress, and more. JOEL A. SIEGEL (JAZZ FEST), GABRIELE LUGLI (COHEN)…

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community in action

It was quite a coincidence. Having recently finished reading through Mark Stryker’s piece about Kenny Burrell for this issue—a slightly modified version of the chapter on Burrell in Stryker’s new book, Jazz from Detroit—I felt moved to put on a couple of classics by the guitar great. First Midnight Blue, then A Night at the Vanguard. As Burrell, Richard Davis, and Roy Haynes eased into their sly take on “Just a-Sittin’ and a-Rockin’” from the latter album, I did what one does far too often in 2019 (and by “one” I mean me): I logged onto Facebook. And there at the top of my feed was news about … Kenny Burrell. Who needed my help. What was this? A Zuckerbergian advertising algorithm interacting with my stereo? No, as it turned out.…

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Umbria Jazz 7/12-7/21 | Perugia, Italy For 10 days in July, jazz takes over the stunningly picturesque capital city of Umbria in one of Europe’s most beloved festivals. This year’s installment will include American artists like Snarky Puppy, Diana Krall, and Marquis Hill as well as European masters such as Enrico Rava, Joachim Kühn, and Roberto Gatto. umbriajazz.com Newport Jazz Festival 8/2-8/4 | Newport, RI The three-day fest that has inextricably linked the words “Newport” and “jazz” celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer. Among the headliners: Herbie Hancock (both with his own band and in a trio with Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta), Kamasi Washington, and Newport first-timer Dee Dee Bridgewater. newportjazz.org Detroit Jazz Festival 8/30-9/2 | Detroit, MI Bassist Stanley Clarke will be the Artist-in-Residence and pianist Cameron Graves’ quartet will fill the role of Untitled Artist at the…

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john patitucci’s soulful bass

In the late 1970s, John Patitucci heard Dave Holland’s Emerald Tears, one of the rare solo bass albums and an influential record for bassists of Patitucci’s generation. “His playing inspired me, but it was a little intimidating,” Patitucci says. So much so that it took him 40 years to make a solo album of his own. His new record, Soul of the Bass (Three Faces), is a compendium of mostly original compositions performed, with great sensitivity and spaciousness, on six-string electric and acoustic upright. Patitucci came to prominence in the mid-’80s as a virtuoso with fleet fingers and a deep sense of funk, but at 59, he has mellowed and feels he has less to prove. Such an attitude led him to produce what is perhaps the most understated—and self-assured—album of…

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contemplating the groove

Mike Baggetta has been on a high. The multifaceted guitarist recently completed a whirlwind 10-day tour in support of Wall of Flowers (Big Ego), his out-there album with punk bassist Mike Watt and legendary session drummer Jim Keltner. He capped off the cross-country jaunt at the New York club Coney Island Baby by joining forces with fellow guitarist Ava Mendoza and ripping through an earth-scorching cover of the Stooges’ “Funhouse.” But for Baggetta, the chance to perform live versions of songs from Watt’s punk-rock opera, 1997’s Contemplating the Engine Room, has been even more monumental. That sprawling opus, a deeply autobiographical song cycle connecting Watt’s time in ’80s punk trio the Minutemen to his father’s life in the Navy, has had a lasting effect on the guitarist. “Engine Room was something really…

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into the fire, and out again

It’s tempting to describe Claudia Villela as a musician’s musician, considering that some of her most ardent fans and supporters are also her most illustrious colleagues; Pat Metheny has sung Villela’s praises, as have Kenny Werner, Vitor Gonçalves, Béla Fleck, and Jaques Morelenbaum. But it’s a double-edged superlative that implies an artist is better appreciated by her peers than regular listeners, which isn’t the case at all with Villela. The Brazilian-born vocalist, pianist, percussionist, and composer makes music of rare sophistication and beauty, and it’s as a performer that her transcendent gifts are most manifest, whether she’s spinning a new piece on stage with a fellow improviser or elaborating on an intricate setting for her poetic lyrics in Portuguese. “You give her any musical idea, and Claudia completes it in a…