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April 26, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE
A performance from Trilok Gurtu is a visual as well as audible delight.
December 16, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
"Stolen Moments" is the hip-hop generation's "Fathers and Sons," as a variety of rap and pop stars jam with the jazz players whose music they've absorbed. Of the two CDs, the first is tipped decidedly in the pop direction, the second, with Branford Marsalis' tribute to John Coltrane and vintage recordings of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, looks the other way. The best numbers jump out from the mundane few. M.C.
November 6, 1994 | Lynne Heffley, Lynne Heffley is a Times staff writer
Veteran percussionist Adam Rudolph has an international following, performing with such artists as Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock and Don Cherry. Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is a featured performer with Branford Marsalis' "Tonight Show" orchestra. And, every week, these artists and others spend their Sunday afternoons playing improvisational music for children.
October 15, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Ray Conniff, the bandleader, composer and arranger whose orchestra and chorus produced a string of Top 40 popular music albums such as " 'S Wonderful" and the Grammy-winning "Somewhere My Love," has died. He was 85. Conniff, who had a stroke in March, died Saturday at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.
"Now, I am in the best moment of life," says tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri from his home in New York as his 4-year-old son, Christian, scampers noisily in the background. It's not just the pleasure of being a father at 67 but the survival it symbolizes that bolsters Barbieri's spirits. In 1995, such a prospect seemed unthinkable for the Argentina-born jazzman.
Artistic identity is as vital to jazz as it is to the other arts. The capacity to generate an expressive singularity, one that is instantly identifiable, is as important to a jazz improviser as it is to a novelist, painter or dancer. In his early years, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who opened a five-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday before a full, responsive crowd, was often linked with John Coltrane. But his resurgence in the '90s has produced a far more personal sound and style.
September 6, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
Most American jazz musicians in the '90s have focused strongly upon restoring the mainstream styles of the '50s and '60s. Ironically, at the same time, many jazz players from other parts of the world have moved away from the mainstream, taking the music into intriguing areas of exploration and discovery. Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, who appeared with his quartet at LunaPark Wednesday night, has never been quite like any other drummer.
September 10, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
The promised reunion of the original Ornette Coleman Quartet at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night turned out to be one headliner short. Trumpeter Don Cherry, described as ill after dental work, failed to show for the Los Angeles Festival event. His absence put only a slight damper on an otherwise fascinating musical event. The Coleman Quartet--with Billy Higgins on drums and Charlie Haden on bass--was a catalytic factor in the many changes taking place in jazz in the late '50s and early '60s.
April 4, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
Let's start with the name. The group DO'AH, according to co-leader and guitarist Randy Armstrong, is a Persian word signifying a call to prayer. A bit esoteric, perhaps, for a pop or jazz group, but, as its Sunday-night opening set at At My Place made amply clear, New Hampshire-based New Age group DO'AH has lofty aspirations--most notably to blend jazz and pop with what might loosely (if somewhat inaccurately) be described as "world music."
January 15, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
Was it a case of the emperor's new clothes or a brief look inside the essence of the creative process? Don Cherry's solo performance at McCabe's Friday night appeared to promote the latter. But there were many moments when one expected an unconvinced observer to stand up and shout, "Nothing's happening here!" Best known, perhaps, for his role in the '60s as Ornette Coleman's pocket trumpet-playing sidekick, Cherry has traveled an iconoclastic path in the intervening years.
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