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Album Review: Bill Evans — The Complete Fantasy Recordings

Bill Evans was a singular figure in the world of music, and even more so within the context of the jazz idiom. His music could never quite be described as inviting; most all of his piano compositions and recordings have an insular quality. Listening to Evans, a listener might even experience a feeling of unease,

Album Review: Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings

In my final year of college, I was exceedingly fortunate to have signed up for a course called American Popular Music History: Stephen Foster to the Present. There were only six of us in the class, and our professor was one Murray Silver; he had just co-authored Myra Lewis‘ book, Great Balls of Fire. But

Album Review: Little Richard — Directly From My Heart

For music lovers of a certain age range, the work of Richard Penniman is the sort of music that one might only rarely make an effort to hear. The name and image of Little Richard is a virtual shorthand for some of the best qualities music has to offer: excitement, bravado, melody, energy, skill, humor…on

Album Review: The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

Vocal great Tony Bennett and jazz piano legend Bill Evans both had long, successful and impressive musical careers by the time they decided to collaborate. The pair met in the studio on two separate occasions – the first for three days in June 1975, the second for four days in September of 1976 – and

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: With Creedence Clearwater Revisited, you and Stu Cook and the guys pretty much run through all of the hits. You’ve been playing those songs hundreds of times a year for well more than forty years. And you look and sound like you’re having a ball, not merely going through

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Continuing on that point, if I may. As much as I like the Golliwogs and Blue Velvets material, musically it – especially the earliest tracks – really doesn’t sound a lot like what we’d eventually come to know as the Creedence Clearwater Revival sound. Not just because Tom was

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part One

The catalog of Creedence Clearwater Revival has been issued, reissued, repackaged, re-re-packaged, and re-re-issued more times than I can count. Just a few years ago – 2008 – all of the group’s Fantasy LPs were reissued on CD as part of a “40th Anniversary” marketing push. Those reissues were each appended with relevant live bonus

Capsule Reviews: Concord/Pablo Jazz Reissues

This time ’round in my capsule reviews, I take quick looks at five new reissues from Concord’s Original Jazz Classics series. All five were originally issued on Norman Granz’ Pablo label, and all but one date from the 1970s, not generally considered a prime period in the evolution of jazz. None of these releases has

August Jazz Roundup #2

The esteemed Concord Music Group continues its series of thoughtful reissues of jazz classics from its catalog holdings with five titles originally issued on the Riverside label. I covered Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe back at the beginning of the month; here’s some quick looks at the other four in this

August Jazz Roundup #1

In my occasional series of capsule reviews, I arbitrarily limit myself to a specific word-count; as much as anything else, it’s to keep the editor in me amused. Anyway, today I take a look at four jazz reissues and one archival jazz release, each in the space of 150 words. Chet Baker – Plays the