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Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Malaby has merged his two trios — with a cello and a tuba — into a quartet called Tubacello. Their new album is Scorpion Eater. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says he hopes to hear from them again.

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On 'Collective Portrait,' Eddie Henderson Is Still Taking Risks At 74

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eddie Henderson may never have quite gotten his due, but there's still time to correct that.

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'Now Is The Time' For Organist Chris Foreman

Monday, March 02, 2015

Foreman is one of a few Chicago jazz heroes who should be better known outside the city limits.

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Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jazz saxophonist Coleman, who is almost 85, rarely makes records any more. In New Vocabulary, he joins up trumpet and drums — and peppers his solos with his signature catchy and earthy pet phrases.

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.

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Steve Lacy's Monk Quartet, Solo Sax Albums Reissues

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lacy ran with Monk's wisdom, beginning with the idea your voice as jazz composer starts with your sound and timing as an improviser.

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Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.

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Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.

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Oliver Lake: New Music Grounded In Old Truths

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Since the 1970s, Lake has led numerous bands of his own, including an occasional big band, and an organ quartet. That organ group is one to watch.

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An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.

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One Final Offering From John Coltrane

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.

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Jason Moran Modernizes Fats Waller, With Uneven Results

Monday, September 22, 2014

Now that the pianist's Fats Waller project tours and has a new album, Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead admits to mixed feelings.

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In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.

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A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.

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Two Tenors Inspired By A Saxophone Colossus

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums by Thelonious Monk jazz competition winners: Melissa Aldana and Joshua Redman.

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Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Friday, August 08, 2014

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.

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The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

Monday, July 07, 2014

The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz

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Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.

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A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.

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Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Friday, May 30, 2014

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.

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