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Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

Jazz Vocalist Issues A Convincing Calling Card With 'Nothing But Soul'

Friday, August 28, 2015

In her debut album, Tiffany Austin puts her own improvisational, jazzy spin on songs by the late composer Hoagy Carmichael. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Austin "a singer to keep an ear on."

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'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Composer Maria Schneider draws on her rural Minnesota roots in her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that while Schneider can do grandeur, "once in awhile, the majesty gets a little too purple."

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Trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy Brings 'Ernest Intensity' To 'Mingus Sings'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Ku-umba Frank Lacy provides vocals on the new record by the Mingus Big Band. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the album, which is dedicated to the late Charles Mingus, is "worthy of the Mingus brand."

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New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

Monday, July 27, 2015

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."

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Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.

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Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Friday, July 10, 2015

In July 1970, Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says The Conny Plank Session, which is now on CD, is a window onto Ellington's working method.

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'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

Monday, June 29, 2015

Terell Stafford and his quintet bring a warm and hefty tone to a tribute album honoring the late Philadelphia horn player Lee Morgan. Kevin Whitehead says the new album is risky — but successful.

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Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Friday, June 12, 2015

In the 1970s guitarist Bill Frisell was a student of jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This is the album some Frisell fans have been wishing for.

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The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.

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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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