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One jazz encyclopedia says of this, the second album by the Joe Zawinul-Wayne Shorter lead fusion group -- "everyting about I Sing the Body Electric was very 1972 . . . the brilliant sci-fi artwork . . . the psychobabble liner notes". Another says "another document of the times with a sci-fi cover, impressionistic pieces, booting...
When fame called on Jack DeJohnette
during his period in Miles Davis' innovative electric band of the
late 60s and early 70s, he was ready for it.
Acclaim outside their own world is
unusual for jazz musicians, but DeJohnette had tasted it a few years
previous in the Charles Lloyd Quartet which enjoyed that rarity, a
jazz album which was...
British jazz bassist Shez Raja confounds expectation in the best possible way. A scan of reviews and comments in the British press for the Shez Raja Collective (which included saxophonist Andy Sheppard and trumpeter Claude Deppa on the new album Mystic Radikal) refer to funkmeister Bootsy Collins and Marcus Miller (behind Miles Davis albums such...
An inch over six feet and usually weighing in just under 200
pounds. Jack Johnson was perfectly proportioned for a heavyweight fighter. But
as a kid in Galveston, Texas in the 1880s, he let his older sisters fight for
At 12, Johnson jumped a ship for New York, returning a year later to work
on the docks where he had his...
It was emblematic of the soul rebel
career of Miles Davis that in his final years he was painting as much
as he was playing, had a cameo spot in a movie (Dingo) playing a
pre-electric period jazz trumpeter, exchanging tapes with Prince,
recorded with rapper Eazy Mo Bee and – most surprising of all
turned up at the Montreux Jazz...
The opening track on guitarist John
McLaughlin's Live in Paris, usefully serves as a microcosm of his
career. It starts slow, melodic and considered with McLaughlin
peeling off memorable phrases, then picks up speed to hit a furious
pace as he skitters around the fret-board like ferret freebasing.
Things then cut back to irresistible...
Alongside Alan Broadbent, Mike Nock has been New Zealand's most successful and visible jazz export. Like composer/pianist and Grammy-magnet Broadbent, Nock was lost to the country early.
Both men won Downbeat scholarships to Berklee and were there before they were 21, Broadbent having played the clubs of Auckland and Nock by a rather more...
Those who dismiss Norah Jones as some kind of aural wallpaper clearly aren't listening carefully enough. Her albums have been quietly progressive as they step deftly betwen lounge jazz and alt.country -- and the lady constantly defies expectation.
Not the least by putting herself about a bit, in a professional way.
This 18 track album...
This gifted, multiple-award wining pianist and rather ferocious intellect has been profiled at Elsewhere previously (here) and this album is perhaps the one which will be persuasive evidence that he really is something.
Eleven pieces played solo -- among them Monk's Epistrophy, the standards Darn That Dream, Ellington's Fluerette Africaine...
Carlos Santana, who says rarely a day
goes by when he doesn't listen to some Miles Davis, believes you only
have to listen to the Davis' album Live at the Plugged Nickel --
recorded in December 65 at a Chicago club but not released until '68
-- to realise the trumpeter had exhausted standards such as Stella
By Starlight and On Green Dolphin...
It was probably about lunchtime in New York, but here in Auckland it was 4.30 am on a grim and watery Tuesday, hardly the best time to do a phone interview. Certainly not this prearranged caller to the man known as the Prince of Darkness and who has been known to open his end of the conversation with a terse “Don’t ask me no stupid...
For Davis' most pure jazz followers who had forgiven him the street corner funk of the late Sixties/early Seventies, the trumpter was a lost cause on his return in '81 after almost a decade without any new studio material.
From Man with the Horn to Your Under Arrest ('85) he was widely criticised for simply failing to play trumpet in any...
The great jazz bassist Scott LaFaro didn't have a long time -- he was killed in a car accident in 1961 at age 25 -- but his impact on acoustic jazz was, and remains, significant for his work in the classic Fifties trio with pianist Bill Evans and drummer Paul Motian.
His gentle, often high, singing tone allowed for great emotional dexterity...
Quincy Jones does quite put it this
way, but he knows that with great power comes great responsibility.
And Jones has great power because of a financial empire founded on an
extra ordinary career in music which spans from be-bop to hip-hop.
This is the man who hung out with jazz
artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the...
Joe Henderson is sitting at a press conference in Carnegie Hall,
New York, patiently answering another dumb leading question. Someone
among the contingent of journalists has just asked this legendary
tenor saxophonist -- who turned 57 this week -- why it has taken so
long for him to be recognised.
Henderson smiles wanly and with the...
Regardless of what you think of John Lennon's song Imagine -- and opinion ranges from drippy sentimentality to inspirational -- most would agree the song succeeds with many people for its understated delivery. Lennon sang it without aching obviously through whatever emotion he might be bringing to it, which allowed the listener to fill in the...
If rock is the culture which eats its
young -- or at least allows Kurt Cobain to leave a suicide note which
says “I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasm
I once had as a child” -- then jazz is the music which barely
allows youth to exist at all.
The contract of jazz almost demands its
young artists leap...
The tragic story of bassist Jaco Pastorius (1961-87) has been told in depth at Elsewhere (here) but this concert film from '76 -- with avant-trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff and drummer Alphonse Mouzon -- captures him before the rapid decline through drink, drugs and neglect.
In Weather Report, Pastorius's style often headed towards jazz-rock...
By the merest shift of the prism Moon Beams, the album by the jazz trio lead by pianist Bill Evans, could easily be under Essential Elsewhere. But that of course would deny the genius of his recordings with bassist Scott LaFaro in late Fifites (and drummer Paul Motian) with whom he developed an intuitive understanding.
But 10 days after...
At 55, Al Di Meola -- who still lives in New Jersey close to his musical roots -- has had a long and influential career, and was one of the great innovators on electric guitar.
In the late Sixties and early Seventies he played small clubs in New York and around Boston while at Berklee, but was largely an unknown when he made his debut...
When trumpeter Miles Davis turned 60 in 1986 the New York weekly Village Voice marked the occasion with a lavish 28-page supplement of essays and critical opinion.
By way of introduction the editor, Gary Giddins, wrote words which seemed admirably bare and understated: “For four decades Davis has been in the forefront of American music...
You might have thought in the decade since Ken Burns' groundbreaking television series Jazz that there would have been a slew of DVDs out there on the market to add depth to what he showcased. But there hasn't really been.
Back before jazz was an "art form" few concerts were filmed for posterity. Jazz, by definition, was in the...
In August 2009, to belatedly commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles double album (aka The White Album of ‘68), some Australian singers (including Tim Rogers of You Am I and Josh Pyke) got together with an orchestra to play the whole thing live.
Well, not quite the whole thing of course. It would be a brave or...
With the reunion of Chick Corea and John McLaughlin; bassist Stanley Clarke back with another trio album with pianist Hiromi and drummer Lenny White; Clarke, Corea, White and guitarist Al Di Meola returning as another Return to Forever; and other Seventies fusion artists on the trail again it looks like that whole movement has been...
When Chick Corea and John McLaughlin’s Five Peace band played in Auckland in February of 2009, I noted these players – in the vanguard of jazz fusion in the 70s – had re-invented it for a new audience: gone were the faster-than-thou solos which guitarist McLaughlin once inflicted (notably with his intense Mahavishnu Orchestra)...
Take it from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis. For slow romantic action when he wants to make out, it's the album he plays. Steely Dan's Donald Fagen likes the trance-like atmosphere it creates, and that it's "like sexual wallpaper."
And jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield says that 35 years ago it was so common you...
After the long drought came the flood: just 10 days on from Herbie Hancock’s Auckland concert in early 2007 came that by Chick Corea, a keyboard player whose jazz career is equally long and diverse. For jazz lovers used to years between international artists of this calibre, these musicians connect to two great periods in jazz: Corea...
When my eldest son bought a one-way ticket to London and packed his bag, he brought over three boxes of vinyl for me to store. Over the weeks I picked my way through this eclectic treasure trove admiring his excellent taste, sometimes wondering where I had gone wrong (the Joey and John Travolta albums, were a joke, surely), his bizarre...
The cliche has become so embedded that hardly anyone questions it: “indie label good, major label bad”.
As with most generalisations it doesn’t support much scrutiny: small indie labels may be more comfortable for musicians because they know the boss, but they can also be woefully amateurish, financially incompetent and...
Pianist Keith Jarrett's career and recent work has been well covered at Elsewhere so all that needs be said about this triple set is that it collects the two albums in his Standards series with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack deJohnette in which the trio explored with sensitivity and contemporary relevance the Great American Songbook, and...
Despite critical acclaim and mega-sales for two decades or so after the early 70s, Joni Mitchell was never a happy traveller in the music industry, and frequently denounced it.
The most recent crunch for her came when she was told by a music exec that her 2002 album Travelogue (new arrangements of old songs which she did partly as a...
Jazzman Hancock has long been a supporter of Mitchell so this tribute to her music -- with another longtime Joni sideman Wayne Shorter on saxes -- comes as no surprise. And Mitchell's music has long moved into that melodically flexible area jazz musicians inhabit.
What does surprise however is Mitchell's guest vocal on Tea Leaf Prophecy where...
Just last week I was saying to a friend that Mali was starting to feel like the new Jamaica. Consider the number of artists whose names are becoming familiar: the late Ali Farka Toure and now his gifted son Vieux Farka Toure; Toumani Diabate, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare . . .
And now there is the wave of sub-Sahara blues bands like Etran...
From the Sounds of Silence through American Tune and beyond, 64-year-old Paul Simon has articulated the fears and hopes of his generation.
Unlike Young on his leaden Living with War, for this new album - in a gagging, sentimental cover - Simon takes musical risks and extends himself. Brian Eno provides the sonic landscapes - loops,...
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