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Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Monday, May 18, 2015

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.

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'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.

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Two Takes On Billie Holiday

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple tribute albums to the jazz singer.

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Billie Holiday's Voice Was Always Her Own

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Holiday was born 100 years ago Tuesday in Philadelphia. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has some thoughts on Holiday's changing style, her influences, and singers she influenced.

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Art Pepper's Startling Intensity Captured On Live Recordings

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.

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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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