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.

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO JAZZ

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO JAZZ
Edited by Bill Kirchner
852 pages, Oxford. $49.95
reviewed by Don Rose

There's something for everyone in this fat volume of jazz writing, from sophisticates like you and me to the newcomer just getting interested in the music. It's the latest in Oxford's notable "companion" series on history and the arts and a welcome addition it is.

Luiz Ewerling and A Cor Do Brasil: Our Earth

Luiz Ewerling and A Cor Do Brasil: Our Earth

Greg Fishman and Paulinho Garcia: Two for Brazil Plays the Standards

Greg Fishman and Paulinho Garcia: Two for Brazil Plays the Standards

On this session one of Chicago's favorite duos continues implementing their multi-CD master plan with their third recording and gives us a huge 16 tune set of standards, jazz standards, and a couple of bossa novas for good measure.

Nicole Mitchell/Black Earth Ensemble: Afrika Rising

Nicole Mitchell/Black Earth Ensemble: Afrika Rising

The very much anticipated follow-up to Vision Quest does not disappoint and shows growth and maturity with, this time, a focus on orchestration. She succeeds in shaping a full-bodied and luxuriant sound. In the process, the Black Earth Ensemble seems larger than its actual size.

Joanie Pallatto and Marshall Vente: Two

Joanie Pallatto and Marshall Vente: Two

Joanie and Marshall present an eclectic collection of pop tunes, standards and jazz compositions that highlight their musical versatility as performers. Thoughtfully fashioned with a mix of planning and spontaneity, the selections run the listener through a range of emotions, from bright to dark. The ballads, especially, let both performers ably tap the well of their feelings. On the more rhythmic cuts, the groove is always comfortably relaxed with both performers hitting a nice laid back pocket.

Joel Brandon: Haven't We All...?

Joel Brandon: Haven't We All...?

Joel Brandon holds a unique place in the music world. Not only is he a whistler, but he does so by inhaling. However, he should not be considered as a novelty act. Joel Brandon does not rely on cheap tricks; he uses his gift as a real instrument. And he does not let it eclipse his talent as a flautist either.

Tatsu Aoki: The Miyumi Project

Tatsu Aoki: The Miyumi Project

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS: A Portrait of Bud Powell

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS:
A Portrait of Bud Powell
By Francis Paudras
Translated from the French by Rubye Monet
DaCapo Press, 355 pages (paper), $18.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
by Daniel Mark Epstein
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999 364 pages, $27.00
reviewed by Terence M. Ripmaster

Born Nathaniel Coles in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919, Nat King Cole lived only 46 years, but packed in a couple of lifetimes. Epstein's biography, which reads like a narrative novel, details the life and times of the school boyish, velvet-voiced singer/ pianist.

Birth of a Band

Birth of a Band
Notes on the Gestation
and Infancy of
Bradley Williams
and his Original
21st Century Review
By Bradley Williams

I. Setting the stage

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