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New in Book Reviews:
"PARIS BLUES" (by Andy Fry)
Did French audiences and critics really understand jazz and its creators better than Americans? Author Andy Fry thinks not, and in his new book, "Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960", he refutes those stories with dramatic new research. In this month's Book Review, Thomas Cunniffe admires Fry's pioneering  research, but wishes that the book would have been more comprehensive.


New in Retro Reviews:
CHARLES LLOYD:
"MANHATTAN STORIES" 

Although he had appeared on records since the early 1960s, Charles Lloyd was still developing his sound and finding his audience in 1965. A new 2-disc set, Manhattan Stories includes contrasting live sets from Judson Hall and Slug's featuring Lloyd, Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter and Pete La Roca. Thomas Cunniffe reviews the set, noting how well these two sets play off each other, and how one selection points to Lloyd's eventual direction.

Sidetracks:
"KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON" 
Clark Terry is one of jazz's greatest mentors. There's hardly a jazz musician working today that hasn't been touched by this gentle, wise giant. A new documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On", captures Terry and his gifted student, pianist Justin Kauflin, as they each face numerous obstacles. Thomas Cunniffe provides a sneak preview in this special edition of Sidetracks.

Historical Essay:
THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS OF "BODY & SOUL"
Before it was interpolated into the Broadway revue, "Three's A Crowd", Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" had been a hit in England. As the show went through tryouts, the lyrics of the song  underwent a complete rewrite before its Broadway premiere. In this interactive Historical Essay, Thomas Cunniffe examines 17 recordings of "B&S" recorded between February and October 1930.

Profile:
MEET ANITA WARDELL
Anita Wardell may be the greatest singer you've never heard. Well-known in Europe, but barely known in the US, Wardell is one of the best scat singers in jazz today, and she also is a superb interpreter of vocalese, jazz originals and standards. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Wardell in this profile which features 5 complete audio selections and a video performance. 

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New in CD Reviews:
COMBINING THE OLD AND NEW
The three instrumental CDs reviewed this month reveal a strong connection to jazz's past while exploring the outer edges of the music. While trumpeters play a pivotal role on all three of these albums, reviewer Thomas Cunniffe notes that these recordings by Avishai Cohen, Hush Point (with John McNeil) and Ron Miles all have their moments of quiet reflection. 


SINGING A NEW SONG
The Great American Songbook has been—and will likely remain—a prime source of material for jazz singers. Yet many vocalists strive to find fresh repertoire that works within a jazz context. In this month's vocal CD reviews, Thomas Cunniffe introduces us to Hilary Gardner, Julie Kelly and Júlia Karosi, whose new discs all feature a wide range of songs.


Concert Reviews:
2014 VAIL JAZZ PARTY
(August 29-September 1, 2014)
On the surface, the Vail Jazz Party doesn't change much from year to year. But the continuing programs like the multi-media tributes and the Gospel Prayer Meetin' have evolved over time, and each party includes fresh concepts, such as this year's piano duets set. Thomas Cunniffe, who has attended several Vail jazz parties, offers his impressions of the 20th anniversary edition in this month's Concert Review.

DVD Reviews:
BROWNIE SPEAKS!
Nearly 60 years after his death, Clifford Brown is still regarded as one of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history. For the past two decades, Don Glanden has researched Brown's life and music, and interviewed many of Brown's friends and colleagues. The results have been gathered into a new documentary, "Brownie Speaks", and as reviewer (and longtime Brownie fan) Thomas Cunniffe writes, the film is loaded with new information about Brown's life and career.  





Interviews:
EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF VOCAL JAZZ WITH KERRY MARSH AND JULIA DOLLISON
In the spring of 2010, vocal jazz fans were treated to a pair of amazing recordings: "Vocabularies" by Bobby McFerrin (arranged by Roger Treece) and "The Music of Maria Schneider" by Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. Marsh and Dollison are better known in educational circles than to the jazz public, but their recordings continue to astound listeners. In this exclusive Jazz History Online interview, Thomas Cunniffe talks to Marsh and Dollison about the Schneider album, their quartet Vertical Voices and the future of vocal jazz. 
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