Jazz Institute of Chicago

Welcome to the Jazz Institute of Chicago Journal, an archive of jazz writing. You'll find incredible articles about the history of Jazz in Chicago, as well as interviews with a variety of musicians and jazz related figures and reviews of recordings and live shows.

Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen: Autumn Leaves

Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen: Autumn Leaves

The Rich Corpolongo Quartet: Smiles

The Rich Corpolongo Quartet: Smiles

Rich Corpolongo is a multi-reed instrumentalist; he plays soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet and piccolo with equal dexterity. He one of the few who can play both "outside and inside" equally well—with all of the harmonic control and lyricism of bebop plus all the fire of the free avante guard. He is also a composer who has distilled everything from the blues to Charlie Parker and Coltrane to Stockhausen into his work.

Kyle Bruckmann: Entymology

Kyle Bruckmann: Entymology

No, you read it right. There is no misspelling because in exploring his instrument's vocabulary, Kyle Bruckmann produces at times sounds that evoke the flight of an insect. Kyle Bruckmann is a young oboe player who just released what is probably the first solo recording on this instrument (two other double reed instruments are featured as well: the English horn and the Chinese suona).

Bradley Young: Midnight Rhapsody

Bradley Young: Midnight Rhapsody

Pianist Bradley Young studied jazz piano with Jackie Byard, recorded with Chet Baker, played with many in the '80's jazz scene in Chicago and went on to become a commercial bandleader in demand by the black tie set in both Chicago and Los Angles. On this recording Young shows us that his piano chops are not only intact but have grown and he is also a fine composer.

Joanie Pallatto and King Fleming: The King and I

Joanie Pallatto and King Fleming: The King and I

Joanie Pallatto loves to sing and collaborate with others. This project, enhanced by the legendary King Fleming and his trio, along with guests Von Freeman, Bobby Lewis and Rich Fudoli, is close to a Chicago Superbowl win! All of the prized elements of originality, swing, sound and pacing make this a beautiful album. It has the perfect title too.

Sergio Pires: Umbigo

Sergio Pires: Umbigo

Sergio Pires is the other Brasilian guitarist/vocalist troubadour that now calls Chicago home. This is an adventurous album of original music that incorporates the samba, bossa, baiao, a little reggae and many other MPB ("musica popular brasileira") drum grooves that are becoming more familiar to the jazz and world audiences.

Flippomusic: Ganesh

Flippomusic: Ganesh

BlueBossa

BlueBossa
by Bart Schneider
Viking Penguin, $24.95
244 pp.
Reviewed by Jim Linduff

A look into the soul of a man and the music he loves is the theme of this ambitious first novel by Bart Schneider, editor of the Hungry Mind Review, an independent book review magazine out of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Schneider is also the editor of Race: An Anthology in the First Person, a compilation of articles written by a group of contemporary writers and social leaders. In BlueBossa, he incorporates some of these racial issues.

Looking for Chet Baker (An Evan Horne Mystery)

Looking for Chet Baker:
An Evan Horne Mystery
by Bill Moody
Walker & Co., 253 pages, $24.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz—a critic’s guide to the 100 most important recordings

The New York Times Essential Library:
Jazz—a critic’s guide to the 100 most important recordings
By Ben Ratliff
Times Books/Holt, November 2002, 249 pages (paper), $16
Reviewed by Don Rose

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