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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Film Interview: “Ira Gitler Lives” — From Bret Primack, Jazz Documentarian Extraordinaire by Steve Provizer

"The half-hearted support of jazz by American broadcast TV, be it commercial or PBS or cable, has been an insult not only to the artists, but to the public as well." The post Film Interview:…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jazz CD Review/Commentary: Holly Cole — Sticking to the Standards by Steve Provizer

I did want to use this CD as a springboard to engage with the question of how using material of a certain age tends to pre-select -- and limit -- listenership. The post Jazz CD Review/Commen…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review: “Coders” — Brave New World, Coded by Steve Provizer

Coders had nothing in their intellectual toolbox that would help them understand people. The post Book Review: “Coders” — Brave New World, Coded appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Jazz Commentary: Pee Wee Russell — A Singular Voice by Steve Provizer

Despite the fact that clarinet (and occasional sax) player Pee Wee Russell was one of the most distinctive voices in jazz history, his name remains unknown outside of infra jazz circles. The…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Jazz Commentary: Jazz and the Single Trumpet Player by Steve Provizer

Far more people would recognize Chet Baker’s name than Jack Sheldon’s -- and that is unfortunate. The post Jazz Commentary: Jazz and the Single Trumpet Player appeared first on The Arts …

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Book Review: “Creating the Jazz Solo” — An Iconoclastic View by Steve Provizer

Rarely does a book leave me questioning the ways in which I understood, or thought I understood, the construction of some of the most formative solos in jazz history. The post Book Review: …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jazz Concert Review: Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour — at the Berklee Performance Center by Steve Provizer

When it comes to jazz, you can be pretty confident that when you put excellent players together -- whether they know each other or not -- something very good will happen. And it did. The pos…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Book Review: “Making Music American — 1917 and the Transformation of Culture” by Steve Provizer

1917 was an important year, but perhaps not important enough to justify the sweeping title of the book. The post Book Review: “Making Music American — 1917 and the Transformation of Cult…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jazz Concert Review: Mnozil Brass — Music-as-Vaudeville by Steve Provizer

The seven-man musical wrecking squad from Austria called Mnozil Brass has created a combination circus band, village band, marching band, and vaudeville orchestra. The post Jazz Concert Rev…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Jazz CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff’s “Path of Totality” — Splendidly Distinctive by Steve Provizer

Path of Totality is a distinctive recording, put together with great attention to form and detail -- and performed with enormous skill. The post Jazz CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff’s ̶…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review: “Playing Changes” — Redefining Jazz by Steve Provizer

This volume is clearly critic Nate Chinen’s resounding response to the “jazz is dead” chant.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Theater Review: “Breath & Imagination” — An Indomitable Voice by Steve Provizer

The success or failure of this show rests primarily on the physical presence, voice and acting of the actor playing the celebrated lyric tenor Roland Hayes.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jazz/Book Review: Saxophonist Dexter Gordon — Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant by Steve Provizer

Sophisticated Giant paints a convincing picture of an extremely charming, intelligent, resilient, and talented man.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Jazz CD Review: The Kelly Green Trio — Flexing Musical Muscles by Steve Provizer

Kelly Green and her trio are essentially mainstream players, but they explore a lot of challenging territory within that framework.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jazz CD Review Round-Up: Christopher Hollyday, Chris Pasin, Abigail Rockwell, and Jake Ehrenreich by Steve Provizer

Christopher Hollyday's Telepathy is a keeper, Chris Pasin's Ornettiquette is an excellent outing, Jake Ehrenreich's A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs is uneven, and for some long winter n…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Ethan Helm & Wet Electric — A Very Unusual Recording by Steve Provizer

In this album, saxophonist Ethan Helm has achieved a very personal balance between highly composed sections and solos rooted in harmony and free playing.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Dexter Gordon and Woody Shaw — From Out of the Past by Steve Provizer

These albums, featuring Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon, are illuminating to listen to side by side.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Darren Barrett’s “Time for Romance” by Steve Provizer

Time For Romance: But Beautiful may qualify -- if I can even use the term now -- as seduction music.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Chet Baker — The Climax of Cool by Steve Provizer

For most of its history, jazz has been a macho culture. Sexual ambiguity or gay-ness were subjects of derision.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “The Window” — A Very Beautiful View by Steve Provizer

The Window contains an inspired pairing -- between singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist-organist Sullivan Fortner.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Response to “The Jazz Bubble” by Steve Provizer

Arts Fuse Jazz critic Steve Provizer responds to Dale Chapman's book The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in a Neoliberal Culture.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Arturo Sandoval — Master Showman and Musician by Steve Provizer

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a big personality and in this performance he was almost as much raconteur, comedian and ringmaster as musician.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Concert Review: Kurt Elling at the Shaolin Liu Performance Center by Steve Provizer

Although his choice of material doesn't always work for me, for my money, Kurt Elling is the most important jazz vocalist of the last twenty years.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: “Sonny Rollins — Meditating on a Riff” by Steve Provizer

The author of this Sonny Rollins bio promises us “A Journey into his World of Spirituality” -- and that sets high expectations.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Allegra Levy — Moonstruck by Steve Provizer

Vocalist Allegra Levy is at her strongest when purveying certain specific moods -- melancholy, playful, even lightly ironic.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Lionel Loueke’s “Close Your Eyes” by Steve Provizer

Lionel Loueke is a unique voice, who has managed to bring a number of influences together without weakening or undermining any of them.

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Music Commentary: The Vinyl Resurgence by Steve Provizer

For the moment, it is refreshing to see how carefully the music is being recorded and packaged.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Greg Hopkins Big Band at Ryles — Whither Big Bands? by Steve Provizer

At this time in the Boston jazz scene, there are no ongoing spaces for big bands and, predictably, the number of such ensembles has shrunk.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Heart of Brazil” — Homage to Egberto Gismonti by Steve Provizer

While perhaps not more than the sum of its parts -- that would be hard to imagine -- the music on this tribute disc has its own vitality and stands well on its own.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” — Performed by Allan Harris by Steve Provizer

Singer Allan Harris clearly loves Eddie Jefferson's music and performs it with sincerity and chops.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Kurt Elling’s Simple “Questions” by Steve Provizer

For my taste, some of the songs on Kurt Elling's The Questions simply aren’t challenging or interesting enough.

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