“Denny Zeitlin: The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions” (Mosaic Select) “Denny Zeitlin Trio In Concert” (Sunnyside) By Don Heckman The rub on writing about Denny Zeitlin has always been his unlikely dual career track – as a working jazz musician and a teaching and practicing psychiatrist. The immediate temptation, frequently succumbed to, is to search for… Read More Jazz CDs: Denny Zeitlin
By Michael Katz If you were to see Eric Alexander on the street you would probably not envision a fiery lead saxophonist – more like a scrappy second baseman from the local community college. The youthful look is deceiving. Fortyish now, Alexander has matured into a hard swinging leader on the tenor. While he doesn’t… Read More Live Jazz: Eric Alexander and the David Hazeltine Trio at the Jazz Bakery
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 28. (Tues.) The Trio: Terry Trotter, Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer. The label might seem a little prepossessive in some hands, but not with these guys, whose playing defines the notion of interactive musical intimacy. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058 http://www.charlieos.com. – April 29. (Wed.) Mitch Forman Trio, with Darek… Read More Picks of the Week: April 27 – May 3
Donald Fagen on Our Secret Society By Devon Wendell Recently I had the opportunity for an exclusive interview with my great friend, mentor, and former employer, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan on the influence of jazz on his life and music. Here’s the result. And don’f forget that Donald, Walter and the gang will begin… Read More Q & A: Donald Fagen
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By Dave Gebroe A while ago, I came across a description of the quandary Arthur Lee found himself in after releasing his undisputed masterwork, 1967’s “Forever Changes.” Although I can’t recall the source, it’s since come to stand as my lasting image of the man. In 1968, Lee walked out the door, stepped onto the… Read More On Second Thought: Love — “Four Sail” (1969)
By Fernando Gonzalez Bassist, composer and arranger Jaco Pastorius is one of a handful of artists in the history of jazz whose work profoundly affected the sound of his instrument and, arguably, the sound of jazz itself. Now one of the tools of his trade will be available for purchase at a Fame Bureau auction… Read More News: Jaco’s Bass (One of Them) For Sale