Movies, TV & Music

JazzTimes September 2019

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1 min.
what’s on jazztimes.com

– Exclusive Content In our biweekly JazzTimes 10, Michael J. West examines jazz albums with strings and the back catalog of this month’s cover subject, Abdullah Ibrahim. Plus live reviews, album reviews, photo galleries, and much more. – JT Blog Crosscurrents Trio—a.k.a. Chris Potter, Dave Holland, and Zakir Hussain—announce the October release of a new album, Good Hope, on Edition Records, plus an 18-date European tour in the fall; and congrats are due to Terri Lyne Carrington and George Lewis for winning 2019 Doris Duke Awards. – Audio & Video An exclusive premiere of Jazzmeia Horn’s “Out the Window,” video from Benny Benack with Christian McBride, and more COURTESY OF EDITION RECORDS (CROSSCURRENTS TRIO), EMMANUEL AFOLABI (JAZZMEIA)…

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legends are people too

On JazzTimes’ editorial calendar, September is denoted as our “Legends” issue, and you’ll find quite a few in these pages. Some are no longer with us: Mary Lou Williams, Gene Krupa, Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Art Pepper. Two others are, we’re grateful to say, very much of the living variety: 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim and Nile Rodgers (and if you think the latter doesn’t belong in this magazine, please go directly to Ashley Kahn’s interview on pg. 34 and see what you think after reading it). Ibrahim is 84. Rodgers is 66. Although the process of becoming a legend doesn’t necessarily require that you stick around awhile, longevity is a factor without doubt. And yet the longer you last, the more your final legacy is threatened by the many…

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Guelph Jazz Festival 9/11-9/15 | Guelph, Canada The long-running Guelph Jazz Festival returns for its 26th year aiming to showcase instruments seldom heard in jazz. Accomplished pipe organists, bagpipers, jaw harpists, and pedal steel guitarists are all scheduled to play during the five-day festival in southwestern Ontario. guelphjazzfestival.com Scarborough Jazz Festival 9/20-9/22 | Scarborough, England Award-winning reeds player Alan Barnes hasn’t missed a gig at the Scarborough Jazz Festival since it started, and he’s set to be there again for a 17th consecutive appearance. Joining Barnes at the three-day event will be the Clark Tracey Quintet, guitarist Jim Mullen, and pianist Dave Newton. facebook.com/scarboroughjazzfestival Monterey Jazz Festival 9/27-9/30 | Monterey, CA For 62 years the Monterey Jazz Festival has drawn jazz legends and rising stars to central California, making it the longest continually running festival of its kind in the…

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this is 40

One way to define a music festival: the sum of its memorable moments. There were plenty of those moments to savor during the first four days of the 40th annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which kicked off in late June on 20 stages in the city’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles. Which highlights were the most resonant? Tough choice. Ravi Coltrane, during his encore, did some earth-scorching via his father’s classic “Giant Steps.” Melody Gardot, after a thunderous standing ovation, opened her show with a hushed, affecting version of vintage Americana gem “Wayfaring Stranger.” The War & Treaty, under sometimes rainy skies, thrilled the Saturday-night crowd with a soulful explosion touching on “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me),” and “Respect.” Edmar Castaneda, on the…

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paul jost sings his life

The first time you hear Paul Jost’s new album Simple Life you think, “Who is this guy?” He sings with quirky phrasing. He sometimes talks and often whispers. He also wails, like when he scats across “Blackbird” in a headlong dash. His mannerisms are disarming because he is so believable. He sounds real. His lived-in, slightly frayed voice belongs to someone who has been around the block. Jost, now 57, has been a professional musician (primarily a drummer) since he was 12. His long list of former employers includes Billy Eckstine and Dr. John. He is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher. His compositions have appeared in advertising jingles and also on recordings by Carl Perkins and the Band. He says, “Singing has always been part of me but it wasn’t how…

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stretching out

Romain Collin felt the need to stir things up. The French-born pianist and composer had devoted his career to honing his craft, earning full scholarships first to the Berklee College of Music and then to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he was part of an ensemble selected by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. Working within the piano-trio format, Collin’s first three albums as a leader were ambitious, featuring songs frequently described as cinematic for their majestic heft. Still, Collin didn’t believe that his work had adequately taken into account the broad swath of music he’d absorbed and wanted to express. Those constraints have been cast aside on Tiny Lights… (XM), an audacious and meticulous swirl of chamber-fusion jazz created with electric and acoustic instruments and released in…