May 7, 2000
I appreciate Don Heckman's reviews of jazz albums and events and read them regularly. I do wish, however, that his "gaggle" of guitarists (Jazz Spotlight, April 16) had been expanded enough to include Thomas Tedesco. His Nine Winds release "Don't Ever Be Afraid to Be Ascared" is a delightful album and representative of some of the best music being made in Los Angeles, albeit in nearly total obscurity. CHARLES E. BLOOMQUIST Venice
September 12, 1999 |
The piano jazz recordings just keep coming. Young lions, old lions and everyone in between in a dizzying, virtually nonstop flow of albums. How can one instrument generate so much activity? In part, of course, because no other acoustic instrument has more potential for variation, with its capacity to provide melody, harmony and rhythm--individually and in combination.
September 5, 1999 |
The Southland's bubbling vitality as an arena for world-class jazz isn't always apparent in releases from the major labels. New York is largely the center for their activities, despite the many sessions held in Los Angeles sound studios and identified only in small type in the liner notes. But take a look at some smaller labels and a different picture emerges, with a virtual cornucopia of releases featuring the area's many talented jazz artists.
August 29, 1999 |
It's taken way too long, but Central Avenue is finally beginning to receive some of the attention it deserves as a vital location in the history of jazz and, for that matter, in the history of African American popular music.
July 6, 1997 |
Record companies often reflect the musical and cultural attitudes of their founders.