Record Shopping at Home: Circle’s Paris-Concert

I went record shopping Friday after work. It had been a really sucky week so I needed to treat myself. In the used jazz section I found a copy of Paris Concert by Circle (Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul). I was stoked. I was certain I didn't own it. But I thought …

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You Know You Want Miles’ Live in Europe 1969 Bootleg, Just Get It

It should come as no real surprise that the second installment of Miles' Bootleg Series, Live in Europe 1969 won the Downbeat Critic's Poll best historical/reissue category this year.  (List of poll winners can be found here, and check the August issue for the complete list of those who received votes.)  This set was at …

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Out this week: the must hear album from Rivers/Holland/Altschul

As publicists who send me review copies can attest, unless I'm working with a magazine deadline, I rarely write CD reviews close to an album's release date (I'm finishing up one such review today, in fact) - usually it's a few weeks late.  On rare occasions, I'll review one far in advance - which from …

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Reunion from Rivers/Holland/Altschul is A Must Hear

Lets get right down to it: Reunion: Live in New York, the new album on Pi Recordings, from Sam Rivers, Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul is an album that you absolutely need to check out.  Recorded May 25, 2007 at Columbia University during WKCR radio's week long tribute to Rivers, this stunning two disc CD …

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My Thoughts on this Year’s Jazz Grammy Nominations

Well, the Grammy Awards are just under 10 days away, and if you're like me you're quite underwhelmed with a bulk of the jazz nominations this year.  I'd argue that institutions like the Grammys (although the jazz awards are not aired on the broadcast - which I won't be watching) have a canonizing effect (especially …

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Day 6, aka the day I become an Avg American Listener

Ok, so day 5 was pretty light, but I came storming back on day 6 with a whole bunch of jazz. James Carter, The Real Quiet Storm, hour Johnny Hodges, Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges, half hour (doesn't get any tastier than this one folks) Dave Holland Octet, Pathways, hour (Holland et al's new live record, …

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