It’s a great time for a book about some little-known corners of bassist Scott LaFaro's life and influences in his tragically short 25 years, because while many in jazz’s old guard have had a lot of time to give us wonderful interviews throughout the decades in magazines, on blogs and in books, LaFaro has very... Continue Reading →
Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins by Aidan Levy
Aidan Levy has written a just-released book on living legend Sonny Rollins that deftly chronicles the life and music of the great tenor player and does so with an honest eye. Perhaps its greatest strength is evoking the times he has lived (and continues to live) through and actually himself had a huge hand in... Continue Reading →
Taking Energy from “Calder’s Universe” by Eric Zolan
Swift fingerwork with a light touch best characterizes guitarist Eric Zolan’s skills in his newest CD, Calder’s Universe. The spare instrumentation here–he leads the trio with established musical colleagues Brian Charette (organ) and Jordan Young (drums) –fits just right with six uncluttered easy-flowing tracks. “D.D.L.O.D.” (don’t worry what it means/stands for, that’s not the point)... Continue Reading →
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