January 15, 2003 Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums: Gong With the Wind Suite from Lee Konitz and Matt Wilson, and the newly remastered Theme and Variations from John LaPorta.
December 17, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews some box sets you might want to consider (or not) for holiday gifts: The Complete Miles Davis Live at Montreux 1973-1991 (Warner Bros); The Classic Blue Note Recordings of Wayne Shorter; The Classic Columbia and Okeh Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang Sessions (Mosaic); Billy Eckstine: The Legendary Big Band (Savoy); The Definitive Sarah Vaughan (Verve/Blue Note).
November 12, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Joe & Zoot & More (Chiaroscuro), the reissue of the 1973 recording of violinist Joe Venuti and saxophonist Zoot Sims.
October 29, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new box set, Charlie Christian: The Genius of the Electric Guitar (on Columbia) featuring Christian's work with Benny Goodman.
October 4, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Lost in the Stars (Nagel heyer) by the Ken Peplowski Quartet.
April 22, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an installment of the legendary Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, produced by Norman Granz. This particular show comes from Carnegie Hall in 1949, and was recently released on CD.
Albert Ayler's fiery saxophone influenced the late period compositions of John Coltrane.
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May 8, 2001 No one in jazz was as far out and far in as tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler. Far out in terms of how he improvised. Far in, in terms of the songs he wrote to improvise on. They sounded like a jumble of bugle calls, national anthems, nursery rhymes and drinking songs.
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