Reissue Review: Gene Ammons – “Boss Tenor” (Prestige)

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The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons‘ tone can be best described using the qualities of an ideally brewed cup of joe: rounded, bold, smooth, and exhilarating after first taste. Continue reading “Reissue Review: Gene Ammons – “Boss Tenor” (Prestige)”

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Reissue Roundup: Music Matters Jazz

In terms of music, no genre is as unique to America as jazz. That said, few record labels are as synonymous with jazz as Blue Note Records. The famed label was the brainchild of two German immigrants, Alfred Lion and photographer Francis Wolff, whose efforts greatly influenced and forever fossilized the linear progression of jazz. Throughout its 75-plus year history, Blue Note managed to record some of the leading musicians in traditional jazz, bebop, hard bop, post-bop, the avant-garde, funk jazz, and beyond. Continue reading “Reissue Roundup: Music Matters Jazz”

Reissue Review: Van Morrison – “It’s Too Late to Stop Now” (Sony Legacy)

 

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Within music, there are certain live albums that are universally praised for mirroring the unrefined fervor of a concert. The Band’s “The Last Waltz,” The Who’s “Live at Leeds,” the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” Johnny Cash’s “At Folsom Prison,” and Cheap Trick’s “At Budokan” come to mind immediately. However, hidden under the towering stature of the aforementioned albums lies Van Morrison’s first live album released in 1974 entitled, “It’s Too Late to Stop Now” –- an effort that embodies the phrase “criminally underrated.” Continue reading “Reissue Review: Van Morrison – “It’s Too Late to Stop Now” (Sony Legacy)”