WARD SWINGLE (1927-2015)
Jazz History Online remembers Ward Swingle, who passed away in his sleep January 19, 2015 at the age of 87. A true innovator in vocal jazz, he was a member of the Blue Stars and Les Double Six before starting his own Swingle Singers in 1962. Swingle's unique rhythmic approach to Bach influenced choral groups all over the world, and the current edition of the Swingle Singers are one of the world's most innovative vocal groups. Swingle was a supporter of this website and an invaluable resource during the research and preparation for JHO's Swingle Singers interactive history. As a tribute, we again post a Front Page link to the Swingle Singers profile, discography and gallery.
2014: THE SUMMATION
History Online marks the new year with a summation of the year just
passed. Thomas Cunniffe's Sidetracks essay discusses the highlights of
concerts, books, DVDs, films, and CDs of 2014, and bids farewell to many
great musicians who left our world in the past 12 months.
New in CD Reviews:
ME & YOU: MORE DUOS
Jazz duos offer a format where cooperation and communication are found in their purest form, and where each musician has the responsibility to make his partner sound good. By the same token, each musician must retain his own individuality and find places in his partner’s style where a dynamic interaction can take place. Thomas Cunniffe reviews three new duo albums in this CD review.
three vocal CDs reviewed this month feature an abundance of original
compositions. Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens lead an
international ensemble on a celebration of Brazilian music, "Samba
Little Samba", Lauren Hooker sings an autobiographical song cycle on
"All For You, My Heart and Soul", and the duo of Judi Silvano and
Michael Abene perform daring improvisations from compositional sketches
on "My Dance." Thomas Cunniffe examines the music.
New in DVD Reviews:
FRED HERSCH: "MY COMA DREAMS"
Like most people, Fred Hersch doesn't remember his dreams. But the dreams he envisioned while in a medically-induced coma were so vivid, he described them in detail after he regained consciousness. Those dreams, and the story of his illness, are part a of a hybrid jazz/theatre work called "My Coma Dreams". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the newly released DVD of a performance at Columbia University.