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2:03 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 21, 2012

Guitarist John Abercrombie.
Howard Goodman ECM Records

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:10 pm

Happy John Coltrane birthday on Sunday.

  • Pianist Michael Wolff talks about his Cal Tjader tribute for the San Jose Mercury News. I do know Wolff as a New York pianist but didn't know he was musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show or that he's from the Bay Area.
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Deceptive Cadence
10:43 am
Fri September 21, 2012

The Strad Swindler Goes To Trial And Netrebko Bids Adieu To Her Former Self

Con man/violin dealer Dietmar Machold holds a (purported) Strad in Moscow in 2003.
YURI KADOBNOV AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:25 pm

  • The Washington Post has a long, fascinating piece on Dietmar Machold, the 63-year-old violin dealer/con man who went on trial in Vienna this week: "It is the largest fraud case in the history of a trade that goes back to at least the middle of the 18th century: Apart from criminal charges, Machold faces civil claims estimated at $200 million. ...
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Deceptive Cadence
4:08 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Trifonov's Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov — a once-in-a-generation artist at just 21?
Roger Mastroianni courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 11:22 am

At just 21 years old, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, the most recent winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, is zooming into the classical music stratosphere — and with his new album he's out to prove he's here to stay.

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Music Reviews
1:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:23 pm

At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

Cannonball Adderley.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 8:56 pm

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A Blog Supreme
12:10 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 14, 2012

The Neil Cowley Trio is: (L-R) Evan Jenkins, Cowley, Rex Horan.
Courtesy of the artist

Next Wednesday: new Dave Douglas band live in concert. But first, these news:

  • Burning Ambulance has been counting down the 50 Greatest Saxophonists ever all week. Featuring guest lists from Jon Irabagon and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Van Cliburn Speaks, Atlanta's War Of Words And Domingo's Successor

Pianist Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance at the 50th Anniversary Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists concert in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

  • Very touching: the ailing Van Cliburn addressed the Fort Worth audience at the concert celebrating his competition's 50th anniversary: "I personally want to thank you all for all of your faithful support. Never forget that I love you all from the bottom of my heart forever."
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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras

Composer John Cage, whose 100th birth anniversary was earlier this week.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Mon September 3, 2012

A Work Song For Labor Day

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:12 pm

There's something about the melodies of the great hard bop tunes — they unfurl with a certain sonic poetry. They're taut and neat, the ledgers of ragged syncopations all balanced out. Every repetition feels necessary, every variation opens up a new universe of possibilities, every chord change is the exact right movement.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:12 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations' - from NPR Music

Jeremy Denk performs Bach's Goldberg Variations in his New York City apartment
John Pavlus for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 4:07 pm

(Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations. Read his posts on Tuesday and Thursday.)

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