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New in Concert Reviews:
2014 VAIL JAZZ PARTY
(August 29-September 1, 2014)
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.
New in CD Reviews:
BETTER WITH A BAND
Jazz began as an ensemble music, and even after soloists took the spotlight, ensembles have played a major role in the music’s development. This month, Thomas Cunniffe explores how modern ensembles like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Cookers and Coalition work together as ensembles in their latest recordings.
All four of the singers reviewed in this month's vocal CD reviews have been covered in these pages before. Cyrille Aimée, Claire Martin, Tierney Sutton and Roseanna Vitro always bring intriguing and fresh ideas to their recordings, and the present CDs are no exception. Thomas Cunniffe offers details on this fine recordings.
New in DVD Reviews:
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.
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.