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The Curtis Brothers – Completion of Proof (2011)

The virile, confrontational jazz of the 1960s is reborn on the Curtis Brothers’ Completeion of Proof. Siblings Luques and Zaccai Curtis perform in the brash, muscular style of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, even as they confront thorny moral issues

Irvin Mayfield – A Love Letter to New Orleans (2011)

Putting together a luxe coffee-table book honoring the city of his birth clearly got Irvin Mayfield in a nostalgic mood.

Terence Blanchard – Malcolm X: The Original Motion Picture Score (1992)

Terence Blanchard – Malcolm X: The Original Motion Picture Score (1992)

If you stop eating popcorn mid-munch during the opening strains of the film ‘Malcolm X,’ that’s just fine with trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

Something Else! Interview: Bill Summers, of the Headhunters

The Headhunters, who with Herbie Hancock crafted jazz music’s first platinum release, return this month with an aptly titled new project — Platinum.

Something Else! sneak peek: The Headhunters, "Tracie" (2011)

The Headhunters have completed an ambitious new jazz release — one that continues to push the edges of fusion, incorporating hip hop and funk

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The Sesjun Radio Shows (2011)

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The Sesjun Radio Shows (2011)

This double-album set features late-period performances by the Jazz Messengers found years after Art Blakey passed away.

One Track Mind: Dr. Lonnie Smith, "People Make The World Go Round" (2009)

One Track Mind: Dr. Lonnie Smith, "People Make The World Go Round" (2009)

Last month Dr. Lonnie Smith released Rise Up!, continuing one of the best undertold stories in jazz today: this authentic legend of the Hammond B-3 organ has been enjoying a Joe Henderson-styled late-career resurgence during the Aughts. I used to really love the stuff he did in the Sixties, especially those Blue Notes he did as a sideman for LouRead More

Mike Clark – Blueprints Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (2009)

Mike Clark – Blueprints Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (2009)

by Pico Mike Clark assured his place in jazz history for the severely funky rhythms he laid down all over Herbie Hancock’s 1974 fusion classic Thrust. His knotty beats managed to make me forget about his Headhunters predecessor Harvey Mason and they probably should have been patented. If you hadn’t gotten Thrust yet, take a short break from this reviewRead More

Christian Scott – Live At Newport (2008)

Christian Scott – Live At Newport (2008)

Photo: Jean Hangarter by S. Victor Aaron The New Orleans tradition continues. Over one hundred years after the Crescent City had given the world cornetist and jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, kicking off an amazing string of brass legends going from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard, another ground-breaking trumpet player from this storied city has emerged in justRead More

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Art Collection (1992)

Funky and tough, the Jazz Messengers were, until the very end, a group best heard blasting away on stage as vital, hard bop pioneers. That made this the definitive late-period release from Art Blakey. “Art Collection” features two celebrated tracks with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, as well as one with Bobby Watson and Wynton Marsalis, and another with long-tenured tenorRead More

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